William E. Manske



William E. Manske represents individuals and companies on intellectual property matters across a diverse set of industries, including entertainment, medical device, agribusiness, manufacturing, and financial services. 

Will represents clients in litigation nationwide on complex patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark matters and advises clients on brand management issues, including trademark acquisition, maintenance, and enforcement, as well as Name, Image, and Likeness (“NIL”) issues.

Will has significant experience directing complex intellectual property matters through trial. He has successfully directed several complex copyright and trademark matters, providing strategic guidance to clients at every step along the way—from acquisition through enforcement. 

In 2021 and 2022, World Trademark Review named Will a “Top Trademark Professional” in its WTR 1000 Guide, citing his peers who consider him an “excellent litigator, known for his attention to detail and powerful argument skills, but also for his commitment to civility and commonsense.” Additionally, Super Lawyers has recognized him as a “Minnesota Rising Star” every year since 2016.


Represented leading provider of direct marketing services in action against former executives and their new employer alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, breaches of contract and breaches of duties of loyalty. Case settled on confidential terms after hearing on cross-motions for summary judgment. IWCO Direct Holdings Inc. v. Nahan Printing, Inc.  

Trial counsel in Covidien v. Esch in which a federal jury in the District of Massachusetts held the defendant, a former Covidien employee, liable for breaching his contracts with Covidien by disclosing and using confidential information to start his own company.

Counsel for Virtual Radiologic Corporation and Nighthawk Radiology Services in Virtual Radiologic Corp. v. Tandem, an action for patent infringement, copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and interference with contract in the District Court for the District of Arizona. Robins Kaplan obtained injunctions in favor of our client on September 19, 2014, including a finding of patent infringement. The case involved our clients’ teleradiology technology and confidential business information.

Super Lawyers Rising Star William Manske
Northstar Lawyer
  • Listed as a "Top Trademark Professional,” World Trademark Review 1000 (2021-2022)
  • Named a “Minnesota Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2016-2022)
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2016)
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude (2011)
  • The George Washington University, B.A. in Political Science, cum laude (2008)
  • Digital Disruption: How to Protect Your Brands in a Virtual World
    Panelist, Managing IP’s Intellectual Property and Innovation Summit, New York (May 24, 2022)
  • Scrapping Over Scraping: U.S. and UK Perspectives on Data Litigation
    Panelist, Robins Kaplan LLP and Lewis Silkin LLP, Webinar (April 27, 2021)
May 24, 2022
Intellectual Property and Innovation Summit, USA
Will Manske - Managing IP
New York, NY
April 13, 20, and 27, 2021
WEBINAR | Conversations on Cross-Border IP Protection and Enforcement
Christopher Larus, Christine Yun Sauer, William Manske, and David Prange


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