SEATTLE, Washington (April 22, 2015) —- Seed IP Law Group was rated as having the second highest percentage of female partners among intellectual property law firms in Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report: 2015. According to the report, women comprise 21.5% of the partners at IP boutique firms and 18.3% of the partners at all law firms. Female partners at Seed comprise over 30% of the total partners. Kevin Costanza, Managing Partner of Seed IP Law Group, while pleased with Seed’s ranking, stated that “all law firms need to do more to attract and retain female attorneys, as well as minorities.”
The Law360 report noted that a major challenge for IP law firms is the relatively small percentage of women who graduate with technical and scientific degrees and an even smaller percentage of those women who graduate from law school. Lorraine Linford, a senior partner on Seed’s Management Committee, acknowledges this challenge but also sees it as an opportunity. “There is a tremendous opportunity for us to reach out to female students in middle school and high school and encourage them to pursue technical or scientific studies. We can and should serve as role models for these young women so they become aware of the career opportunities in law as well as industry.”
Seed IP Law Group is pleased to announce that six of its attorneys have been selected as IP Stars for year 2015 by the Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) organization. The six are: Frank Abramonte, William O. Ferron, Jr., Karl R. Hermanns, Stephen J. Rosenman, Ph.D., Jeffrey M. Sakoi, and Samuel E. Webb. Mr. Abramonte is a partner within Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group; Mr. Ferron, Jr. and Mr. Sakoi are partners within Seed IP’s Mechanical Engineering & Trademark Group; and Mr. Hermanns, Dr. Rosenman, and Mr. Webb are partners within Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Chemistry Group. The survey covers over 80 countries, and the rankings are based on extensive research among IP practitioners. A team of researchers in London, New York and Hong Kong sought responses from thousands of practitioners by phone, surveys, email and in face-to-face meetings, making this the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the IP legal market yet published. The tables rank firms in tiers or as highly recommended or recommended in each market, based on the feedback received. In the United States, rankings are provided for all fifty states, plus the District of Columbia. Included in the IP Handbook is a list of “IP Stars” for each jurisdiction, as recommended and confirmed by their peers and clients in each respective jurisdiction. The practice area breakdowns, and industry and legal specialties were gathered from online surveys completed by the selected individuals. Managing IP does not endorse any specific practice area, industry, or legal specialty, beyond the IP Stars designation.
Seed IP proudly congratulates our six attorneys who have been selected to the 2015 IP Stars list.
Law students Patrick Chinkiwsky and Alejandro Villegas (both of Seattle University School of Law) and Ashleigh B. Rhodes (University of Washington School of Law) were recently selected as the recipients of Seed Intellectual Property Law Group’s Founders Scholarships for year 2014-2015. In 2003, Seed IP Law Group created two scholarships to honor its founders, Richard W. Seed and Benjamin F. Berry.
Seed IP Law Group’s Founders Scholarships are awarded annually to students at the University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law. Seed IP seeks to recognize outstanding students who have a keen interest in the field of intellectual property law and who also have an undergraduate degree that qualifies him/her to sit for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Bar Exam. “We think it’s very important to train the next generation of intellectual property attorneys so that we can continue to build on the legacy started by Ben Berry and Dick Seed,” says Kevin S. Costanza, Seed IP’s Managing Partner. “Only through strong support of higher education will our country continue to be a leader in the world.”
All three recipients attended an evening reception at the office of Seed IP Law Group on April 9, 2015. (View image using PDF link below.)Read PDF (2.80 MB) >
Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group proudly welcomes new associate Karl A. Hefter. Karl specializes in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of electrical engineering and computer software matters. He received a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Computer Engineering from University of Idaho (2005), and he was awarded a J.D. (cum laude) from Franklin Pierce Law Center (2010).
Karl 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 Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA).
Intellectual Property Today magazine has ranked Seed IP Law Group at #55 in its annual “Top Patent Firms” survey. The data, gathered from reporting nationwide firms, is based upon the total amount of United States utility patents issued in 2014 where the law firm, or member of the firm (i.e. partner/associate), is listed as the legal representative for the issued patent. Seed IP issued 747 utility patents in 2014. Seed IP has consistently been among the Top 100 in this annual survey.
Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group proudly welcomes new patent agent Baha A. Obeidat. Baha specializes in electrical/electronic engineering and software patent procurement and analysis matters. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2002) from Temple University, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2005) from Villanova University. He was honored as Valedictorian of the College of Engineering at Temple University.
Baha is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association.
Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group proudly welcomes new partner Kevan L. Morgan. Kevan specializes in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of electrical engineering and computer software matters, including IP agreements and licensing, and strategic portfolio management. He received a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the Utah State University (1993), and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Utah State University (1993), with minors in History and Portuguese. Kevan holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law (1996).
Kevan is admitted to practice in Washington State and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association, American Bar Association, and the King County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Seed IP’s Trademark and IP Enforcement & Litigation Groups proudly welcome Andrew P. VanArsdel as Of Counsel. Andy specializes in all aspects of trademark, copyright, advertising law and related issues. He received his B.A. in History from Yale University. He received his J.D. (cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law.
Andy is a member of the Washington State Bar and has been active with the WSBA’s Intellectual Property Section. He has participated on a number of International Trademark Association committees over the years. Andy has served as an expert speaker on IP issues in venues sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the European Trademark Office, the American Bar Association, and the Washington State Bar Association, among a number of other sponsors. He was a key member of the leadership team of Microsoft’s five time World Trademark Review award-winning Trademark Group.
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U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® have released the 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings, marking the fifth edition of this highly-anticipated annual analysis. Seed IP Law Group PLLC 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. Firms included in the 2015 “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. The 2015 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 17,000 attorneys provided over 600,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,500 clients provided close to 40,000 evaluations. “For five years, we have combined massive amounts of hard data with peer reviews and client assessments to develop our law firm rankings,” Steven Naifeh, CEO and Co‐Founder of Best Lawyers. “Increasingly, clients tell us that ours are the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms available anywhere.” 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 their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity. Awards were given in 74 national practice areas and 120 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.
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Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals Group proudly welcomes new patent agent Narendra K. Vaish, Ph.D. Narendra specializes in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceutical matters. His expertise includes drug discovery and diagnostics in biotechnology companies with proficiencies in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, including knowledge of in vitro and in vivo pharmacology and toxicology related to drug development and registration. Narendra received a M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry from Lucknow University (1989), a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology (1994), and an MBA from Leeds School of Business (2006). Narendra completed his post-doctoral training at Max-Planck-Institute of Experimental Medicine, Goettingen, Germany and at Harvard Medical School / Boston College in the area of molecular biomedical engineering.
Narendra is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA).
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