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Westman, Champlin & Koehler, an intellectual property law firm in Minneapolis, announced that Austen Zuege has joined the firm as an officer. Austen has over 13 years of experience preparing, prosecuting and litigating patents in the mechanical, electrical and electromechanical fields, including work with companies in the aerospace, automotive, computer and medical device industries. His patent practice is global in reach, and includes conducting and managing complex patent freedom-to-operate studies and preparing opinions of counsel. Austen is also experienced in a variety of other intellectual property matters, including trademark enforcement and domain name disputes. He is extensively published on a range of intellectual property topics, and has presented numerous educational seminars regarding intellectual property.

Austen is a member of the Minnesota bar, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He obtained his Bachelor Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of Illinois College of Law.

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