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Sten E. Hakanson

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Practice Areas

  • Patent and Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1982
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1986


Sten Hakanson is Of Counsel to the firm assisting in the area of Intellectual Property (IP). Mr. Hakanson has a private IP practice, Hakanson Patent Law LLC, and has broad experience in all aspects of Intellectual Property law. He has worked both as a law firm attorney and as chief in-house counsel for a large multi-national corporation, and has represented individual inventors, start-ups, and small to large businesses. In particular, Mr. Hakanson's experience as in-house counsel has provided him with a strong background in business management issues relating to product development, marketing, outsourcing, partnering and acquisitions. This knowledge of business matters provides him with a background that is invaluable when helping clients create successful products supported by strong patent and trademark protection. He has also authored courses on IP law as well as on the design and implementation of systems for the management of IP assets. These courses are designed to help businesses ensure that their key employees are sufficiently knowledgeable about the basics of IP law, and to help in the proper management and maximum performance of their IP portfolios. Mr. Hakanson's areas of technical expertise, include: biomedical and complex mechanical devices, software, chemical compositions, electronic controls and green technology including biofuels and wind energy.

Mr. Hakanson donates much of his free time to his local community and works with the Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative (MAGI), a citizen's group that successfully raised funds for the installation of a windmill at the Mahtomedi High School. This equipment provides a valuable educational opportunity for the entire district K-12. Sten is also an advisor to the Engineering program for the Mahtomedi school system, which group is tasked with the job of creating a state of the art engineering and math curriculum. This goal took a giant leap forward with the first installation in a public high school (Mahtomedi) of a fabrication Laboratory (FabLab), as developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sten lives in Grant, Minnesota with his wife Connie and their two daughters. Their oldest daughter is in college and is majoring in Environmental Engineering, and their younger daughter is in high school and is passionate about, French, History and English. As a family they enjoy travel, boating, fishing and generally hanging out together. Sten likes playing the piano, video recording and editing, photography, downhill and nordic skiing, building computers and gourmet cooking.


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1981
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.S. - 1976
    • Major: Microbiology

Classes & Seminars

  • Intellectual Asset Management System Design and Implementation
  • Intellectual Property Law for Business Professionals
  • The Interface of Sarbanes Oxley and Intellectual Property Law

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Mahtomedi School District 832 Curriculum Advisory Committee., 2006 to Present
  • Mahtomedi School District 832 Engineering Advisory Committee., 2010 to Present
  • Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative (MAGI), 2008 to Present
  • Minnesota Senate District 52 Officer, 2006 to Present
  • Minnesota State Central Committee, 2006 to Present
  • Former Candidate for Minnesota House, 2010
  • Minnesota Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2010 – present
  • Minnesota Russian American Chamber of Commerce, Board Member 2016 – present

Past Positions

  • IMI Cornelius, Inc., Chief In House Counsel
  • Palmatier and Sjoquist, P.A., Associate Attorney
  • University of Minnesota, Department of Pathology, Medical Researcher

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Washington County Bar Association

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney