Theresa Stadheim


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Theresa's practice includes patent prosecution, specializing in electrical and computer arts, especially semiconductor and wireless technologies. She has extensive experience as a software and electrical engineer for leaders in the automotive and printing industries, such as John Deere, Case New Holland, and HP Colorspan. In these roles, she developed dashboard display systems and control systems for automotive applications and control systems and user interfaces for printer systems.

Theresa is active in the American IP Law Association (AIPLA). As chair of AIPLA's Patent Law Committee, Theresa leads various efforts in patent law research and advocacy. Some examples of Theresa's leadership include leading efforts to develop patent preparation and prosecution guidelines for practitioners and advocating for the interests of AIPLA members in legislation and USPTO rulemaking. Theresa also speaks and writes frequently on various patent law topics, including standards-setting and patent prosecution.

In her free time, Theresa enjoys golfing and performing on voice and violin with various music groups.  Theresa is an Extra Class ham radio operator with call sign "NS9C".


  • University of Minnesota
    • J.D.
  • Norwich University
    • B.S., Electrical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Minnesota

Professional Associations

  • ChIPs Minneapolis Chapter, Co-Chair
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA), Board of Directors
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Patent Law Committee, Chair
    • Standards and Open Source Committee, Member
    • IP Practice in Europe Committee, Member


  • Grand Prize – 2009 Foley & Lardner Ninth Annual Intellectual Property Writing Competition
  • Grand Prize – 2009 ABA Antitrust Division Student Writing Competition
  • Honorable Mention – 2009 Foley & Lardner Ninth Annual Intellectual Property Writing Competition
  • AIPLA Woman to Watch – January 2017

Publications & Presentations

  • Invited Speaker, “Exploring the Changes Hidden in the August 3, 2020 Final USPTO Fee Rules,” AIPLA Rapid Response webinar, October 2020
  • Trainer, Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner Summer Clerk Program, gave three sessions on sections of 35 USC 112, June 2020
  • Invited Speaker, “Drafting Applications in View of USPTO’s New Emphasis on §112 and Recent Case Law,” AIPLA Spring Meeting, May 2020
  • Invited Speaker, “Functional Claiming for Mechanical and Electrical Arts,” Stafford webinar, 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • Invited Speaker, Claims Drafting Workshop, AIPLA Patent Prosecution Bootcamp, October 2016, February 2018, and May 2019
  • Invited Speaker, “Standards Essential Patents,” AIPLA IP Practice in Europe Committee Delegation to Europe, June 2018
  • Invited Speaker, “Legislative Updates and Case Law Updates,” AIPLA and USPTO Partnering in Patents, October 2017
  • Publication, "Patents and Standards: Practice, Policy, and Enforcement," chapter author and member of Editorial Board, Bloomberg BNA, 2018
  • Invited Speaker, “Patentability of Software,” AIPLA IP Practice in Europe Committee Delegation to Europe, June 2017
  • Invited Speaker, “Indefiniteness Considerations for Functional Claiming in the Electrical and Computer Arts,” AIPLA, Mid-Winter Institute 2017
  • Invited Speaker, “Functional Claiming Issues,” AIPLA IP Practice in Europe Committee Delegation to Europe, June 2016
  • Invited Speaker, “United States Claim Amendment Practice and Claim Interpretation: Varying Standards in Patent Prosecution, Inter Partes Review, and Patent Litigation,” AIPLA Spring Meeting, May 2015
  • Publication, “Teva v Sandoz: A New Standard for Appellate Review in Claim Construction,” American Bar Association, 2015
  • Publication, “Software and Business Method Patents – Australia, China, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand,” paper for AIPLA Spring Meeting, May 2014
  • Publication, “Panel Report: A New Approach to Antitrust Remedies,” ABA Section of Antitrust Law - Federal Civil Enforcement Committee Newsletter, 2011
  • Publication, “How KSR v. Teleflex Will Affect Patent Prosecution in the Electrical and Mechanical Arts,” 91 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 142, 2009
  • Publication, “Rambus, N-Data, and the FTC: Creating Efficient Incentives in Patent Holders and Optimizing Consumer Welfare in Standards-Setting Organizations,” 19 Alb. L.J. Sci. & Tech. 483, 2009


  • Electrical Engineering
  • Standards-Setting Organizations
  • Wireless Communications
  • Data Centers, Networking, and Cloud Computing
  • Computer Architecture
  • Circuits
  • Memory Technologies
  • Oil and Gas Technologies 


  • Patent Law
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Applications