Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals Group proudly welcomes new associate Eric A. Lindberg. Eric specializes in biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceutical, and computer related matters, including litigation, licensing, IP audits, infringement opinions and strategic portfolio management. He received a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania (2000), and a J.D. (Order of the Coif) from UCLA School of Law (2010), where he served as Chief Articles Editor for the UCLA Law Review.
Eric is admitted to practice in the state of Washington, 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), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), and the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington.
Law students Michael Ryan Cicero (Seattle University School of Law) and Glenda Ann Gertz (University of Washington School of Law) were recently selected as the recipients of Seed Intellectual Property Law Group’s annual Founders Scholarships for year 2013. 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 given annually to students at the University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law. Seed IP seeks to annually 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,” said Karl R. Hermanns, Seed IP’s Managing Partner. “Only through strong support of higher education will our country continue to be a leader in the world.”
In an article published in the Feb. 28, 2014 issue of BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Seed IP partner Dr. Qing (Becky) Lin reviews double patenting concerns – especially in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology – when multiple patent applications on related inventions are filed and provides advice on decreasing the likelihood of term loss or invalidity. See link below for full article.
Dr. Lin is a partner with Seed IP Law Group PLLC. She helps biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies obtain strategic patent protection, minimize patent infringement risks and facilitate their research collaboration and other business activities. Her practice includes patent procurement, patent counseling, patent portfolio management, and patentability, validity, and non-infringement opinions with respect to various technologies, including immunotherapeutics, proteins, genes, small molecules, pharmaceutical formulations, disease diagnosis and treatment, nucleic acid analysis, medical devices, and transgenic animals and plants.
Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group proudly welcomes new associate Bobby B. Soltani. Bobby 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. He 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), where he focused his studies in Computer Architecture, Control Systems and Telecommunications. Bobby holds a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law (2007). While in law school, he was on the Dean’s Honor Roll, was a William T. Comfort Scholar, and served as Vice President of the Intellectual Property Law Society. During his college years, Bobby was on the President’s Honor Roll, the Dean’s Honor Roll, and was a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society.
Bobby is admitted to practice in Washington (2010) and Colorado (2007), 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), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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Seed IP’s Mechanical Engineering & Trademark Group proudly welcomes new associate Charles C. Hagadorn, III. Charlie focuses his practice on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of mechanical and electrical engineering matters, including patent procurement, litigation, infringement opinions, licensing, and strategic portfolio management. He received a B.S.M.E. (2002) and an M.S.M.E. (2005), both from Georgia Institute of Technology. Charlie holds a J.D. cum laude from Georgia State University College of Law (2010). While in law school, he received the Outer Barristers’ Guild Award which is awarded to the top 10 first-year students, and the Excellence in Contracts Award which is awarded to the top student in each contract law class. Charlie also was the recipient of the CALI Awards in Contract and Patent Law. From 2009-2010, he served as the legislation editor for the Georgia State University Law Review. The Atlanta Law School Fellows granted Charlie a full tuition scholarship.
Charlie is admitted to the Georgia State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the Georgia Bar, the Washington State Patent Law Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
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U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® have released the 2014 Best Law Firms® rankings, marking the fourth 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 2014 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2014 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations. In addition, to provide personal insight, a new Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented in the decision‐making process. “Because we combine hard data with peer reviews and client assessments,” says Steven Naifeh, President and Co‐Founder of Best Lawyers. “More and more clients inform us ours are the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed.” Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. 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.
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 “Best Law Firms” rankings are now in their fourth year, and the reaction to the rankings from the legal profession and from legal clients continues to be very gratifying,” says Steven Naifeh, president of Best Lawyers. “Because we combine hard data with peer reviews and client assessments, more and more clients inform us that ours are the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed. U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in‐depth rankings of a wide range of institutions, including our Best Law Schools rankings,” says Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report. “Law firms are an integral part of our rankings and a natural accompaniment to the law school rankings.”
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Seed IP Law Group is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming WiT (Women in Technology) Fireside Chat, “Mentors and Advocates: Building Professional Relationships that Lead to Success,” to be held on October 23 at the Columbia Tower Club. Register here. Taking place during Seattle Startup Week, the conversation will focus on mentorship and the importance of cultivating strong professional relationships.
Please join WiT and Seed IP on the evening of October 23 for this important discussion.
Seed IP partner Jim White will serve as a panelist at the “Information Technology Law” conference, taking place in Seattle on Dec. 12-13, at the law firm of K&L Gates LLP. He will join the panel discussion entitled “Patent Enforcement Litigation: New Developments in the Courts and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (U.S.P.T.O.). The seemingly inconsistent decisions coming out of the Federal Circuit on what is required under Section 101 for software and business method patents.” This particular discussion is scheduled for December 13th at 11:00 a.m.
Mr. White, a partner within Seed IP’s Computer Science & Electrical Engineering Group, specializes in domestic and foreign prosecution of software and Internet-related patents. He also provides services in strategic planning and analysis of patent portfolios, patent validity and infringement opinions, and patent licensing. Mr. White received his technical degrees from Stanford University, including an M.S. in Computer Science (1991) and a B.S. in Symbolic Systems with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence and received his J.D. from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, and was appointed to the Order of the Coif. While at Boalt Hall, he was an Executive Editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.
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 Law Group is proud to announce that partners Frank Abramonte, William O. Ferron, Jr., and Stephen J. Rosenman, Ph.D., have been named “Lawyers of the Year” for 2014 by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Ferron, who heads Seed IP’s IP Enforcement and Litigation Group, received particularly high ratings from his peers for his abilities, professionalism and integrity in the Best Lawyers annual survey of leading U.S. lawyers.
Mr. Abramonte has been providing quality IP services to leading Northwest companies for over 20 years, with a practice focusing on all aspects of intellectual property, including patent procurement, copyright, licensing, opinions and post-grant proceedings, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2010. Mr. Abramonte heads Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group and has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Seattle Information Technology Law “Lawyer of the Year.”
Mr. Ferron has been providing quality IP services to leading Northwest companies for over 30 years, with a practice focusing on all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright procurement, licensing, dispute resolution and litigation and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1991. Mr. Ferron is in Seed IP’s Mechanical Engineering & Trademark Group and also heads Seed IP’s IP Enforcement and Litigation Group. He been named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Seattle Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year.”
Dr. Rosenman has been providing quality IP services to leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the Northwest and beyond for over 15 years, with a practice focusing on multiple aspects of intellectual property, including strategic patent portfolio development, IP licensing, and trademark matters, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2010. Dr. Rosenman is the chair of Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Chemistry Group and has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Seattle Biotechnology Law “Lawyer of the Year.”
All three attorneys received particularly high ratings from their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity in the Best Lawyers annual survey of leading U.S. lawyers.
The current, 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2014) is based on more than 4.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer, in each specialty, in each community, is being honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.”
Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate all three Seed IP lawyers on being selected as the ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2014.”
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Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC is pleased to announce that eleven of its attorneys - Frank Abramonte, David V. Carlson, Kevin S. Costanza, William O. Ferron, Jr., Karl R. Hermanns, Qing (Becky) Lin, Ph.D., Lorraine Linford, David J. Maki, Stephen J. Rosenman, Ph.D., Jeffrey M. Sakoi, and Jim White - were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Mr. Abramonte, Mr. Carlson, 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, and Dr. Rosenman are partners within Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Chemistry Group; Mr. Maki is Of Counsel in the 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.
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