U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® have released the 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings, marking the eighth edition of this highly-anticipated annual analysis. Seed IP Law Group LLP ranks in Tier 1 in the Seattle metropolitan area for Patent Law, Trademark Law, Information Technology Law, Biotechnology Law, Litigation-Patent Law, and Copyright Law. Seed IP is also ranked nationally in either Tier 2 or 3 for all of these same categories.

The 2018 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 13,000 attorneys provided over 1,000,000 law firm assessments, and over 7,500 clients provided close to 65,000 evaluations. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have at least one lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. Firms are eligible in the practice area(s) and metro region(s) in which they have listed lawyers. Seed IP is proud to have twenty attorneys listed in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise, and reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity. “We have been ranking law firms for eight years,” says Steven Naifeh, CEO and co-founder of Best Lawyers, “having ranked individual lawyers for almost 35. This year we reviewed 13,745 law firms across the United States – across 75 practice areas – and a total of 1,911 firms received a national law firm ranking. We continue to expand our reach even as we also work to simplify the process for the law firms that provide us with the information that we use to create the rankings. We are proud that the legal profession views our law firm rankings with such serious and widespread respect.”

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism and its integrity. Awards were given in 75 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan practice areas. These rankings provide a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings.

The mission of “Best Law Firms” is to help guide referring lawyers and clients — from the country’s largest companies requiring corporate legal advice to individuals seeking counsel regarding personal legal issues.

The 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting the Best Law Firms official website.

ABOUT “BEST LAW FIRMS”
The U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® list for that particular location and specialty.

ABOUT U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars, and News & Opinion, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news, and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 37 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

ABOUT BEST LAWYERS
Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional and national publications across the globe. The Best Lawyers in America list recognizes the very best lawyers in each practice area and metropolitan region in the country.

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