Felicia J. Boyd

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

Felicia J. Boyd is a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the firm’s Minneapolis office, where she has served as co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department.

Ms. Boyd focuses her practice on complex intellectual property litigation and has led plaintiff and defense litigation on a large variety of claims related to patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade dress in federal and state court as well as complex matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Her litigation experience spans a diverse array of industries, including financial and investment services, medical devices, software, music, pharmaceuticals, and manufactured goods. Ms. Boyd’s victories have included preliminary injunction motions, summary judgment motions, favorable settlements, and jury verdicts at trial. She is a registered patent attorney with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and has represented clients in contested proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Ms. Boyd has played a leading role in large patent infringement matters for several clients. As a result, she has had significant experience in complex case management; coordination of global discovery efforts; design and implementation of litigation strategy; investigation of underlying disputed issues; the selection and development of all experts, and Markman strategy, briefing and argument.

Ms. Boyd is also actively involved in the use of alternative dispute resolution. She provides arbitration services as a Fellow of the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators). She is a member of LCIA (The London Court of International Arbitration), member of ArbitralWomen and a commercial litigation panel member of the American Arbitration Association. Also, Ms. Boyd is a member of the International Bar Association where she serves on the Forum for Barristers and Advocates Committee, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee and the North American Regional Forum Committee. She also is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Ms. Boyd is a member of the International Trademark Association's (INTA) Panel of Trademark Mediators and participates in the INTA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, where she is the Chair for the Europe, Africa and Middle East Subcommittee.

Ms. Boyd has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010 in the field of intellectual property law, and in Who’s Who Legal for her trademark practice. In 2016 and 2018, she was recognized as one of Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP nationwide. Since 2013, Ms. Boyd has been recognized by Chambers USA for her IP litigation practice. She was also highly ranked in the 2013, 2017 and 2018 editions of World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, a publication that annually identifies the world’s leading trademark professionals. In 2013, Minnesota Lawyer named Ms. Boyd one of its “Attorneys of the Year” and Minnesota Monthly recognized her as one of "Minnesota's Best Lawyers." Since 2014, Minnesota Super Lawyers has recognized Ms. Boyd for her work in intellectual property and intellectual property litigation. In 2016, she was named on the Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers and invited to become a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Ms. Boyd was also recognized as Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 2015 and 2016, as well as a WIPR Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Ms. Boyd received her bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and classics, cum laude, from St. Olaf College in 1984. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, in 1987 from The University of Minnesota Law School.

She is admitted to practice in the state of Minnesota and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Ninth Circuits, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, The London Court of International Arbitration
  • WIPO, Arbitration Panel Member
  • Certified Neutral (Minnesota)
  • Member, Moot Alumni Association
  • Member, INTA Panel of Trademark Mediators