Seed IP’s Trademark and IP Enforcement & Litigation groups proudly welcome Russell C. Pangborn as Partner.
Russ has deep experience in trademark and technology law; he specializes in trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and Internet policy, including strategic counseling, trademark prosecution and maintenance, licensing, and enforcement. He received his A.B. in Psychology from Stanford University and his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Russ is admitted to the California State Bar, the U.S. District Court, Eastern of California, and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. He is served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for the International Trademark Association (INTA) and as a member of INTA’s Executive Committee. He previously served in officer ranks with the organization through Vice President, and is presently serving on the Enforcement Committee.
Russ is also active with ICANN, as an active member on the Intellectual Property Constituency. He was also chosen to participate on the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) for ICANN as one of 18 industry experts selected to develop rights protection mechanisms to be implemented in connection with ICANN’s New gTLD program.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® have released the 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings, marking the sixth 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.
To be eligible to participate in the “Best Law Firms” submission process, a firm must have at least one attorney who has received high enough peer-review to be listed in the current edition ofBest Lawyers; Seed IP is proud to have fourteen attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
Firms included in the 2016 “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. The 2016 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 21,000 attorneys provided over 700,000 law firm assessments, and over 8,000 clients provided close to 47,000 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 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.
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Seed IP partner Kevan L. Morgan will serve as a panelist at the “Technology Law” conference, taking place in Seattle on Dec. 14-15, at the Fourth & Madison Building, Seattle, WA. This will mark the 24th Annual Seattle Conference on Technology Law, covering major Supreme Court decisions, new developments in IP law, trends in technology transactions, the cloud, and mobile apps.
Mr. Morgan will join the panel discussion entitled “Innovation and the Impact of New Developments in Patent Law.” This particular discussion is scheduled for December 14th at 1:30 p.m. His co-panelists are Mr. Steven Parmelee, of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Mr. Jerry A. Riedinger, of Perkins Coie LLP. Mr. Morgan will discuss challenges to patents and the jurisdictional issues between the courts and PTO after Fresenius v. Baxter (plus other decided and pending cases on the issue): Who decides what? What are the implications for plaintiff and defense strategies?
Mr. Morgan, a partner within Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group, specializes in patent prosecution and enforcement of electrical engineering and computer software matters, including IP agreements and licensing, strategic portfolio management, telecommunications, RFID, software, Internet, and medical instrumentation technologies. 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).
The “Information Technology Law” conference is produced by Law Seminars International, who have been producing top quality continuing professional education programs since 1989. They focus on providing the information that forward-thinking lawyers and other professionals need to stay at the top of their field.
Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group proudly welcomes new associate Blake K. Kumabe. Blake specializes in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of electrical engineering and computer software matters. He received a M.S. (2009) and a B.S. (2006) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. Blake was awarded a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law in 2015, where he served as Associate Editor for the Seattle University Law Review. Blake also received the National Order of Scribes Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and the CALI Award for Legal Writing.
Blake 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).
Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC is pleased to announce that fourteen of its attorneys - Frank Abramonte, David V. Carlson, Kevin S. Costanza, William O. Ferron, Jr., Karl R. Hermanns, Robert Iannucci, Shoko Leek, Qing (Becky) Lin, Ph.D., Lorraine Linford, Kevan L. Morgan, Stephen J. Rosenman, Ph.D., Jeffrey M. Sakoi, Samuel E. Webb, and Jim White - were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Mr. Abramonte, Mr. Carlson, Mr. Iannucci, Ms. Leek, Mr. Morgan, and Mr. White are partners within Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group; Mr. Costanza, Mr. Ferron, Jr., Ms. Linford, and Mr. Sakoi are partners within Seed IP’s Mechanical Engineering & Trademark Group; Mr. Hermanns, Dr. Lin, Dr. Rosenman, and Mr. Webb are partners within Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Chemistry Group.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 51,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.9 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” Steven Naifeh, Managing Editor of Best Lawyers says, “We continue to believe - as we have believed for 30 years - that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of recognition in the legal profession.” For the past three decades, Best Lawyers has come to be regarded - by both the legal profession and the public - as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.
Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group proudly welcomes new associate John J. Bamert. John specializes in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of electrical engineering and computer software matters. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Gonzaga University in 2007 and was awarded a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2010.
John is a member of the Washington State Bar and the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA).
The Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) Summer Institute offers in-depth legal education and training for U.S. and international intellectual property lawyers, patent agents, post-graduate scientists and engineers, and law students. Held annually on the campus of the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, CASRIP is a two-week intensive program that teaches the fundamentals of patent prosecution, patent litigation, and technology licensing and management, from a comparative law perspective. During the annual CASRIP Summer Institute, a special two-day program called the High Technology Protection Summit also takes place, attracting experts from around the world who discuss cutting-edge legal issues in intellectual property law and innovation. Seed IP partners Karl R. Hermanns, Shoko I. Leek, Kevan L. Morgan, Stephen J. Rosenman, Jeffrey M. Sakoi, and Samuel E. Webb took part as lecturers, adjunct professors, and panelists during the 2015 CASRIP Summer Institute (July 16-July 31). A cocktail reception for all 2015 CASRIP Summer Institute and High Technology Protection Summit participants was held on the evening of July 24 at the Seed IP Law Group office.
Intellectual Property Today magazine has ranked Seed IP Law Group at #49 in its annual “Top Trademark Firms” survey. The data, gathered from reporting nationwide firms, is based on the total amount of United States trademark registrations issued in 2014 where the law firm, or member of the firm (i.e. partner/associate), is listed as the legal representative on the registration. Seed IP issued 162 trademark registrations in 2014. Seed IP has consistently been among the Top 100 in this annual survey.
Seed IP Law Group attorneys Thomas J. Satagaj and Bobby B. Soltani, have been selected to the 2015 Rising Starslist, as published in Thomson Reuters’ Washington Super Lawyers, Summer 2015 issue. Rising Stars honorees are nominated and selected through a detailed process based on nomination points, research points and peer-review points. The Rising Stars designation is given annually to a selected group of attorneys, each of whom has either been in practice for less than 10 years or are under the age of forty.
Tom is a partner within Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group. He provides intellectual property rights counsel including patent portfolio strategy development, due diligence analysis, and validity and infringement studies. Tom specializes in patent procurement and licensing in the electrical engineering, embedded systems, and computer-related fields. He graduated (cum laude) from the University of Bridgeport with a B.S. in Computer Engineering, minor in Mathematics (1987) and went on to receive a J.D. (cum laude) from Seattle University (2006).
Bobby is an associate within Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group. He specializes in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of electrical engineering and computer software matters, as well as patent litigation, infringement opinions, licensing, and strategic portfolio management. Bobby received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (2001), and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University (2003). He holds a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law (2007).
Seed IP proudly congratulates Tom and Bobby on being selected to the 2015 Rising Stars list.
Seed IP partners Frank Abramonte, David V. Carlson, Kevin S. Costanza, William O. Ferron, Jr., Karl R. Hermanns, Kevan L. Morgan, Dr. Stephen J. Rosenman, Jeffrey M. Sakoi, and Jim White have been selected as 2015 Super Lawyers, as published in Thomson Reuters’ Washington Super Lawyers, Summer 2015 issue. Since 1991, Super Lawyers has provided a yearly listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers honorees are nominated and selected through a detailed process based on nomination points, research points and peer-review points. Super Lawyers is published as a special supplement in leading newspapers and in city and regional magazines across the country.
All nine of our selected attorneys are multiple-year Super Lawyers honorees and each specializes in intellectual property law. Mr. Hermanns and Dr. Rosenman are attorneys within Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals Group; Mr. Costanza, Mr. Ferron, and Mr. Sakoi are attorneys within Seed IP’s Mechanical Engineering & Trademark Group; Mr. Abramonte, Mr. Carlson, Mr. Morgan, and Mr. White are attorneys within Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group.
Seed IP proudly congratulates our nine partners who have been selected to the 2015 Super Lawyers list.
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