Felicia J. Boyd is a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the firm’s Minneapolis office, where she is 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.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Ms. Boyd practiced with Faegre & Benson LLP in Minneapolis. Her litigation experience spans several industries, including medical devices, software, music, pharmaceuticals, and manufactured goods. Her victories on behalf of clients 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 received her B.A., 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.
Ms. Boyd is a frequent lecturer and is actively involved in number of professional and civic organizations. She currently is Fellow of the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) and LCIA (The London Court of International Arbitration). 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 is also 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 was appointed to the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board in 2004, serving as vice chair in 2006 and chair of the board in 2007. From 2007-2008, she served on the Advisory Committee on Rules of the Board on Judicial Standards. Ms. Boyd is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. Additionally, she is a former editorial board member of The Bulletin and The Trademark Reporter, both publications of the International Trademark Association.
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, she was recognized as one of Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP nationwide and invited to become a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Since 2013, Ms. Boyd has been recognized by Chambers USA for her IP Litigation practice. She was also highly ranked in the 2013 and 2017 editions of World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, a publication that annually identifies the world’s leading trademark professionals. In 2004, she was awarded the John C. Benson Pro Bono Award, and she was named a “Woman to Watch” by the Twin Cities Business Journal in 2002. In 2013, Minnesota Lawyer named Ms. Boyd as 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. Ms. Boyd was also recognized as Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 2015 and 2016, as well as a WIPR Leader in 2017.
She is admitted to practice in the state of Minnesota, 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 of the District of Minnesota and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.