ABOUT FARGO PATENT & BUSINESS LAW

PASSION. EXPERIENCE. DILIGENCE.

PROBLEM SOLVERS, CREATING SOLUTIONS FOR CLIENTS

Fargo Patent & Business Law was formed to help you turn your great ideas into protected assets. All of our attorneys have spent time both in the business sector and in the legal sector. This type of experience is unique in the legal services industry.

Fargo Patent & Business Law is here to provide business solutions and not more problems. We have been in business and understand the immense impact of legal issues and disputes. This is why we focus our efforts on solving problems. It is no fun involving an attorney, so we strive to provide pragmatic out-of-the-box solutions.

We offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

 

HISTORY OF FARGO PATENT & BUSINESS LAW.

Tom Kading founded Fargo Patent & Business Law because he believed attorneys should have experience both in business and law. Especially attorneys who advise businesses on how to solve problems. We have worked hard to lay a strong foundation for innovative businesses. Our core focus is protecting intellectual property for our client’s success.

MEET OUR TEAM

Learn About the People of Fargo Patent & Business Law

Tom Kading

Tom Kading

PATENT ATTORNEY

Tom Kading has been involved in the entrepreneurial community in the North Dakota-Minnesota area for nearly ten years. At heart, Kading is an entrepreneur participating in many successful start-up ventures.

Kading has been involved in numerous legal transactions and resolutions. He found that many attorneys struggle to bridge the gap between the needs of business and the advice attorneys provide.  

When Kading sold his business interests, he was inspired to start a law firm that offered valuable solutions for inventors, investors, and entrepreneurs.  

With an extensive list of subject matter experience, Tom Kading alongside his team at Fargo Patent & Business Law, are here to help you navigate every step of the process.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor, 2013
Masters in Business Administration, 2013

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S., Civil Engineering

EXPERIENCE
  • Business Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Structure Planning
  • Client Fund Oversight
  • Technology Applications
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Engineering Review
  • Investor Management
  • Strategy Determination
  • In-House Counsel for an investment business
  • In-House Counsel for an industrial processing business
  • Served on Board of Trustees for a Real Estate Investment Trust
  • North Dakota District 45 State Representative, Fargo, ND
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court of North Dakota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Activities & Affiliations
  • ND State Representative District 45 (2014-Current)
  • Be More Colorful Advisory Board
  • NDSU Research Foundation Technology Committee Meeting
  • QR Posts Member
  • Salem Church Member

Austan L. W. Wellman is a proactive lawyer, who has experience in helping ambitious and innovative clients properly plan for their business’s future. He has experience working with a wide range of clients, both individuals, and well-established companies in various industries. His vision is to provide all clients with the advice and knowledge necessary to navigate their business in a proactive manner that reduces exposure to liability. He possesses an exceptional ability to analyze a client’s needs and collaborate with them to find effective solutions. Austan is a born-and-raised North Dakotan, whose goal is to give back to the communities and people that have given him so much.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor + Aviation Law Certificate, 2020

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
B. A., Political Science

Experience
  • Aviation Law with a focus on Unmanned Aircraft System regulations
  • Business Entity Formation & Planning
  • Business Law
  • Financial Institution Law & Legislation
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts & Estate Planning
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
Activities & Affiliations
  • Big Muddy Bar Association
Austan L. W. WeLlman

Austan L. W. WeLlman

transactional Attorney

Austan L. W. Wellman

Austan L. W. Wellman

TRANSACTIONAL Attorney

Austan L. W. Wellman is a proactive lawyer, who has experience in helping ambitious and innovative clients properly plan for their business’s future. He has experience working with a wide range of clients, both individuals, and well-established companies in various industries. His vision is to provide all clients with the advice and knowledge necessary to navigate their business in a proactive manner that reduces exposure to liability. He possesses an exceptional ability to analyze a client’s needs and collaborate with them to find effective solutions. Austan is a born-and-raised North Dakotan, whose goal is to give back to the communities and people that have given him so much.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor + Aviation Law Certificate, 2020

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
B. A., Political Science

Experience
  • Aviation Law with a focus on Unmanned Aircraft System regulations
  • Business Entity Formation & Planning
  • Business Law
  • Financial Institution Law & Legislation
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts & Estate Planning
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
Activities & Affiliations
  • Big Muddy Bar Association
Martin Vu

Martin Vu

Patent attorney

Martin is a California Licensed Attorney, California Real Estate Broker, and has over 18 years of utility operations and supervisory experience for Fortune 200 energy utility clients, training institutes, and government regulating bodies. This experience spans across interdisciplinary competencies comprising of energy engineering, law, regulated utilities, small business, real estate, consumer protection, and higher education. Martin serves as one of California’s energy efficiency professional experts who has extensive knowledge of California’s energy markets, regulations, and industry trends.

Martin also sits on the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council where he represents his congressional district as a point of contact to oversee issues relating to regulatory reform and issues related to energy and the environment including energy costs, the Clean Air Act, fostering clean technology, and promoting high-technology businesses. Martin has a proven record of guiding and bringing to market new and emerging technologies that thoughtfully balance innovative growth opportunities with consumer ratepayer protection mandates.

 He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology and his MBA from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Martin also obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the University of California, Irvine, is a Certified Water Efficiency Professional, and completed his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Trinity Law School.

EDUCATION

TRINITY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, POMONA
B.S., Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology

Masters in Business Administration
EXPERIENCE
  • Small Business Entrepreneur
  • Ratepayer Consumer Protection
  • Higher Education
  • Energy Engineering
  • Real Estate
  • Regulated Utilities and Energy Markets
ACTIVITIES & AFFILIATIONS
  • California Lawyers Association
  • National Small Business Association Leadership Council
  • California Association of Realtors (License #: 01854101)
  • Project Management Institute (Certification #: 1524818)
  • California Technical Forum (CalTF) Member
  • California Energy Alliance (CEA) Member
  • Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Member
  • Association of Energy Service Providers
  • Association of Energy Engineers (Certification #: 43)
Stephanie P. Arniel practices in the area of Transactional Law, and her business practice is primarily focused on helping emerging startups with entity formation, copyrights, trademarks, corporate governance, contract negotiations, and disputes. Stephanie has experience working with a wide range of clients, and she possesses the exceptional ability to communicate, collaborate and analyze the client’s needs to bridge the gap and find effective solutions.

Stephanie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba before obtaining her J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law. While in law school, Stephanie was the President of the Law Women’s Caucus, the Canadian Law Student’s Society, and Vice President of the Sports Law Student Association. Presently Stephanie serves on the board as Treasurer of the Cass County Bar Association and is a member of the American Inns of Court, Ronald N. Davies Chapter here in Fargo. Stephanie was selected as a 2022 Great Plains Rising Star and 2023 Great Plains Rising Star award by SuperLawyers.com.

During her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the lake, playing soccer, and taking her chocolate lab, Boone, on walks.

EDUCATION
  • University of Manitoba Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Sciences
  • University of North Dakota School of Law: Juris Doctor 
Bar Admission
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
Affiliations
  • Treasure of the Cass County Bar Association
  • Member of the American Inns of Court, Ronald N. Davies
 Stephanie P. Arniel

Stephanie P. Arniel

Transactional Attorney

 Stephanie P. Arniel

Stephanie P. Arniel

Transactional Attorney

Stephanie P. Arniel practices in the area of Transactional Law, and her business practice is primarily focused on helping emerging startups with entity formation, copyrights, trademarks, corporate governance, contract negotiations, and disputes. Stephanie has experience working with a wide range of clients, and she possesses the exceptional ability to communicate, collaborate and analyze the client’s needs to bridge the gap and find effective solutions.

Stephanie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba before obtaining her J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law. While in law school, Stephanie was the President of the Law Women’s Caucus, the Canadian Law Student’s Society, and Vice President of the Sports Law Student Association. Presently Stephanie serves on the board as Treasurer of the Cass County Bar Association and is a member of the American Inns of Court, Ronald N. Davies Chapter here in Fargo. Stephanie was selected as a 2022 Great Plains Rising Star and 2023 Great Plains Rising Star award by SuperLawyers.com.

During her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the lake, playing soccer, and taking her chocolate lab, Boone, on walks.

EDUCATION
  • University of Manitoba Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Sciences
  • University of North Dakota School of Law: Juris Doctor 
Bar Admission
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
Affiliations
  • Treasure of the Cass County Bar Association
  • Member of the American Inns of Court, Ronald N. Davies
SEBASTIAN ERTELT

SEBASTIAN ERTELT

PATENT DIRECTOR

Sebastian Ertelt, the firm’s Patent Director in Colorado Springs, brings a wealth of experience to our team. With a blue-collar background, Sebastian gained a BS in Mechanical Engineering along with an MBA in Management. He has accumulated 18 years of invaluable experience across various engineering disciplines, primarily at Bobcat Company, where he gained insights into the entire product development lifecycle including overseas sales and patents. His expertise spans design, manufacturing, and quality, covering everything from raw material acquisition to product shipment, including products in the process control, compact construction, HVAC, and agricultural equipment industries. Sebastian’s legislative experience further enriches his qualifications, making him a valuable member of the FPL team, focused on enhancing quality control, elevating customer service standards, and optimizing operational efficiency for the benefit of our clients.

EDUCATION
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering – North Dakota State University
  • M.B.A. in Management – University of Mary – Bismarck, ND
Experience
  • Skilled Trades – Painting, Carpentry, Welding, Machining, Plumbing, Concrete
  • Agriculture – Garden, Grain, Beef
  • Food Service & Hospitality
  • Design, Industrial, Manufacturing, & Quality Engineering
  • Fabrication, Machining, Welding, Painting, & Assembly
  • Process Control, Compact Construction, HVAC, & Agricultural Equipment
  • State Law
  • Insurance – P&C
  • Trademarks
  • Patents
  • Civil Litigation
Activities & Affiliations
  • ND State Representative (2016-2022)
  • St. Michael’s Catholic Church Member

North is the firm’s Office and Marketing Manager. He is originally from the Fargo Moorhead Area and attended college at Augustana University. He completed his undergraduate degree from Augustana in 2021, majoring in business administration and marketing. In 2022, he received his Master’s in Business Administration from Augustana.
North moved back to Fargo in 2022, and has experience in customer service, sales, and marketing. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with friends. He looks forward to working with many of the great business leaders in the area!

EDUCATION
  • B.A., Business Administration, Marketing – Augustana University

  • MBA – Augustana University 

EXPERIENCE
  • Marketing

  • Sales

  • Customer Service

North Knewtson

North Knewtson

Marketing & Office Manager

North Knewtson

North Knewtson

Marketing & Office Manager

North is the firm’s Office and Marketing Manager. He is originally from the Fargo Moorhead Area and attended college at Augustana University. He completed his undergraduate degree from Augustana in 2021, majoring in business administration and marketing. In 2022, he received his Master’s in Business Administration from Augustana.
North moved back to Fargo in 2022, and has experience in customer service, sales, and marketing. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with friends. He looks forward to working with many of the great business leaders in the area!

EDUCATION
  • B.A., Business Administration, Marketing – Augustana University

  • MBA – Augustana University 

EXPERIENCE
  • Marketing

  • Sales

  • Customer Service