Robin Sannes

Robin Sannes


Phone: 612.767.2512

Practice Areas

Technology Areas

Admissions and Affiliations

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Minnesota
  • International Trademark Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
  • ChIPs
  • TPC Rose


  • B.S., Biology, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 1996
  • J.D., Concentration in Intellectual Property Law, Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law), 1999

About Robin

Robin is a partner at Dicke, Billig & Czaja, PLLC and practices in the area of intellectual property law, primarily in the areas of patent and trademark law. She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice law in the State of Minnesota. In the area of patent law, her technical experience is in a variety of food processing and mechanical fields.

Robin’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, the preparation and prosecution of trademark applications, coordinating and assisting with foreign patent and trademark prosecution, patentability analysis, trademark availability analysis, infringement analysis, validity analysis, litigation support, license agreements, strategic intellectual property planning, worldwide intellectual property management support, and client counseling.

For over 16 years, Robin assisted one of her clients in managing its global patent and trademark portfolio. In 2015, its portfolio comprised over 185 patent families (including over 300 pending applications and over 470 issued patents) and over 100 trademark families (including over 125 pending applications and over 380 registrations). This client enforced at least five patents she drafted and prosecuted, all with favorable outcomes.

Robin has been an active member of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association (“MIPLA”), serving on the board from 2008 to 2014, during which she was the 2011-2012 MIPLA President. In 2013, Robin received the MIPLA President’s Award in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication to MIPLA.  Other organizations in which Robin is an active member include TPC ROSE, a charitable organization affiliated with the Tournament Players Club, Twin Cities, and ChIPs.

Outside of work, Robin enjoys spending time with her family, including watching her children’s softball, baseball, and basketball games; cooking in their outdoor wood fired oven; and playing golf.

Robin learned to play golf at an early age and, in 2005, was ecstatic to get a hole in one. As she was retrieving her ball from the hole, a $10 bill blew up to her, which she used to buy celebratory drinks in the clubhouse. In hindsight, because of this string of good luck, Robin wishes she would have used the found money to buy a lottery ticket. Although Robin’s golf skills are sufficient to prevent embarrassment on most days, there is no fear she will discontinue practicing law to pursue a professional golf career.