Jeffrey C. Pepe, Ph.D.



Jeff has expertise in worldwide life science and chemical patent matters, including strategic planning, competitive analysis, due diligence, patent procurement, licensing, and enforcement. Jeff’s scientific experience includes working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington and as a Microbiologist at the National Marine Fisheries Service. His work as a graduate student and post-doctoral fellow was in the area of medical microbiology.

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Seattle University School of Law
J.D. (cum laude) 2000

University of California – Los Angeles
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Ph.D. 1993

University of California – Los Angeles
B.S. 1987

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018-2019
  • Recommended, IAM Patent 1000, Prosecution: Washington, 2017-2019
  • Recommended, IAM Patent 1000, Transactions: Washington, 2018-2019
  • Listed in IP Stars (Managing Intellectual Property®), 2018-2019


Jeff is an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he co-teaches “Biotechnology and the Law.” He previously worked as an associate attorney at Seed IP Law Group from 2000-2004. Before rejoining Seed in 2012, Jeff was Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Trubion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and at Nastech Pharmaceutical Company Inc. (now Marina Biotech Inc.).

Jeff has provided guidance to clients in the following areas:

  • Developing and implementing worldwide patent portfolio strategies to match business goals, including patent life cycle management
  • Guiding opposition proceedings and appeals, patent reexaminations, and enforcement activities
  • Due diligence reviews for corporate and financial transactions
  • Reviewing and negotiating license, manufacturing, collaboration, clinical trial, and feasibility agreements, including multi-million dollar deals for intellectual property-related assets
  • Establishing and managing intellectual property budgets, as well as managing partner/alliance relationships


Jeff is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Washington State Patent Law Association, and Life Science Washington (formerly Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association).

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