Karl R. Hermanns



Karl R. Hermanns specializes in pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent matters, with an emphasis on strategic management of patent portfolios, early stage company counseling, investment due diligence, and competitive patent analysis. He graduated with both a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Washington, and received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

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University of Colorado School of Law
J.D. 1988

University of Washington
M.S. 1984

University of Washington
B.S. 1983

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2005-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year - Patent Law, 2019
  • Top Rated AV Preeminent™ Intellectual Property Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2002-2018
  • Selected to Washington Super Lawyers®, 2002-2018
  • Listed in IP Stars (Managing Intellectual Property®), 2013-2018
  • Chambers USA, “Notable Practitioner," Intellectual Property: Patent (Washington), 2017-2018
  • Recommended, IAM Patent 1000, Prosecution: Washington, 2017-2018
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year - Litigation (Patent), 2013
  • Listed in Seattle Metropolitan‘s “Top Lawyers” issue, 2010
  • Top 40 Washington IP Super Lawyers®, 2006-2008
  • Washington’s Most Amazing Attorneys®, 2006


Karl is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, teaching patent preparation and prosecution courses and, through the Chemistry Department, “Intellectual Property for Scientists.” He is also a faculty member of the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) at the University of Washington School of Law.


Karl is an Advisory Board Member to the University of Washington Bioengineering’s Program for Technology Commercialization, and a past president of the Intellectual Property Section of the Washington State Bar Association. He is admitted to the Washington State Bar and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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