Kenneth D. Suzan

Of Counsel
  • 225 South Sixth Street
    Suite 2800
    Minneapolis, MN 55402-4662

Kenneth D. Suzan is of counsel in Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Minneapolis office and a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Department. He is also a member of the Aviation Practice Group and the Pipeline Practice Team.

Mr. Suzan has experience in the areas of trademark law, copyright law, Internet law, social media law, domain names, and service mark matters. He has counseled his clients on a variety of issues ranging from the inception of a trademark to ultimate registration, licensing and enforcement. Mr. Suzan counsels and assists wearable technology companies to protect brand names through trademark, copyright and domain name filings. He also performs trademark clearance searches for mobile application names and logos. Mr. Suzan has also worked with an expansive network of associates worldwide on trademark clearance, licensing and litigation matters.

In addition to his intellectual property practice, Mr. Suzan also advises clients on FAA regulatory and compliance issues pertaining to UAVs or drones. He has prepared Section 333 exemptions, Part 107 Waiver/Airspace Authorizations, and provided legal counsel on the commercial use of UAVs.

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Mr. Suzan served as a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP in Buffalo, New York, where he managed a worldwide docket of trademark and service mark applications and registrations, prosecuted and defended trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, handled multiple federal trademark litigation matters, and advised and counseled clients on all facets of trademark issues. In addition, Mr. Suzan has also served as a senior associate for Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., and as an associate for Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP.

Mr. Suzan earned his J.D., cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University in 1996, where he served as managing editor of lead articles for the Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology. Mr. Suzan also earned his LL.M. in Trade Regulation (Intellectual Property) from New York University School of Law in 1998 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Rochester in 1993.

Mr. Suzan is a co-host of IP Fridays, a podcast dedicated to intellectual property matters. The show is distributed at, the iTunes Store, and

Active in the community, Mr. Suzan served as past president of the Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo, New York, and is a member of the board of advisors for the Intellectual Property Counselor.

Mr. Suzan is admitted to practice in Minnesota and New York.