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Seed IP Law Group welcomes new associate John A. Morgan
01.19.16

Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Chemistry Group proudly welcomes new associate John A. Morgan. John focuses on biotechnology and life science patent matters, including preparing and prosecuting patent applications, conducting freedom-to-operate analyses, and performing intellectual property due diligence. He received his J.D. summa cum laude from Seattle University School of Law (2014) and his B.S. from the University of Puget Sound (2006).

John is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. He is a member of the Washington Patent Law Association (WSPLA) and Life Science Washington (formerly Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association).

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Seed IP Law Group PLLC names four new partners
01.01.16

Eric A. Harwood, Ph.D., Karen M. Henckel, Bobby B. Soltani, and Hayley J. Talbert became partners of Seed IP Law Group effective January 1, 2016. Eric is in Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Chemistry Group; Karen is in the Mechanical Engineering Group; Bobby and Hayley are in the firm’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group; Hayley is also a member of the firm’s Trademark Group. All four attorneys specialize in U.S. and foreign intellectual property matters, including patent procurement, licensing, and strategic planning.

Eric Harwood specializes in U.S. and foreign chemical patent matters, including patent procurement, licensing, and strategic portfolio management. He received a B.S. in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from the University of California, Davis (1993) and a M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Washington (1997). Eric earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Washington (1999). He holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law (2009). Eric 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 and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.

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Karen Henckel specializes in preparing and prosecuting patent applications over a broad range of mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies. Karen also counsels clients in other areas of intellectual property law including validity and infringement analysis, agreements, and technology licensing. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington and a J.D. from Arizona State University. Karen is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is a member Washington State Patent Law Association and the King County Bar Association.

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Bobby Soltani 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). Bobby holds a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law (2007). 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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Hayley Talbert counsels clients in intellectual property matters including U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, trademark registration and enforcement, and copyright registration. Hayley received a B.S. (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida (2004). She was awarded her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law (2008). Hayley is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

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Dr. Toshiko Takenaka, Of Counsel at Seed IP, co-authors book on patent enforcement
12.29.15

Seed IP attorney, Dr. Toshiko Takenaka, recently co-authored a book entitled “Patent Enforcement in the U.S., Germany and Japan,” which was published by OUP Oxford on Dec. 17, 2015 in the UK, and is scheduled to be released in the U.S. in February 2016. The book examines both substantive and procedural law aspects of validity and infringement issues from the comparative law perspective and provides useful resources for in-house counsel, patent attorneys and academics.

Dr. Takenaka is Of Counsel at Seed IP Law Group and is a leading patent comparative law scholar who has been teaching U.S. patent law since 1992 at the University of Washington School of Law, and is also the founder of the IP Law and Policy LL.M. Program. Her five co-authors include (1) Prof. Dr. Christoph Rademacher, who is Associate Professor in Law at Waseda University, Tokyo; (2) Dr. Jan Krauss, a patent attorney at Boehmert & Boehmert, an affiliate instructor of law at the University of Washington School of Law, and teaches IP on the Executive MBA in Life Sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany; (3) Dr. Jochen Pagenberg is co-founder and senior member of Bardehle Pagenberg, as well as an adviser to the German Federal Ministry of Justice; (4) Dr. Tilman Mueller-Stoy is a Partner of Bardehle Pagenberg, Munich focussing on patent litigation, and he lectures on Patent Law at Munich Technical University, Dresden University of Technology and the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) of the University of Washington School of Law; and (5) Dr. Christof Karl is a Partner of Bardehle Pagenberg, Munich, and he teaches patent law at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), at the Université de Liège, and at CASRIP at the University of Washington School of Law.

The book is available for purchase at amazon.com.

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Seed IP sponsors “Start IT Seattle”; airs Dec. 12 on KIRO-TV
12.10.15

As a part of Seed IP Law Group’s continuing support of the start-up community, we are sponsoring an upcoming local TV show devoted to issues of interest to local entrepreneurs. The show, Start It Seattle, premiers Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. on KIRO-TV. Saturday’s show will be the first of a three-part series; the next two shows will air in January. The show is hosted by Mike Grabham, who also leads the local chapter of the nationwide organization Startup Grind. Seed IP has also been a long-time sponsor of Startup Grind.

Additional information about Start IT Seattle can be found at the links below.

Promotional Video

Link to Start IT Seattle on Twitter

Link to Start IT Seattle on Facebook

Seed IP Law Group welcomes new partner Brooke W. Quist
12.01.15

Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and IP Enforcement & Litigation groups proudly welcome Brooke W. Quist as Partner. Brooke specializes in domestic and foreign intellectual property, including patent preparation and prosecution, litigation, preparation of patent invalidity and non-infringement opinions, client counseling, strategic portfolio development, due diligence investigations, and licensing, as well as other transactional intellectual property matters. Brooke counsels clients in various aspects of patent law trademark law, copyright law, and related intellectual property matters. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Southern California in 1992. He received his J.D. from University of Texas at Austin in 1997.

Brooke is admitted to the state bars of Washington and California, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA).

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Seed IP Law Group welcomes Toshiko Takenaka as Of Counsel
12.01.15

Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and IP Enforcement & Litigation groups proudly welcome Toshiko Takenaka as Of Counsel. Toshiko specializes in domestic and foreign intellectual property matters. She counsels clients in various aspects of patent law and trademark law, litigation and intellectual property matters. Toshiko received her LL.B. from Seikei University-Tokyo in 1981. She received her LL.M. in 1990 and Ph.D. in Comparative Law in 1992 from University of Washington School of Law.

Professor Takenaka is a Washington Research Foundation Simpson Professor of Law. She has served as the Director of Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) at the University of Washington School of Law between 2003 and 2015. She teaches Patent Law, Advanced Patent Law, Advanced Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Enforcement Tutorial and Transnational IP Law Theory and Practice.

Toshiko is admitted to the New York State Bar. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

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Seed IP Law Group welcomes new partner Russell C. Pangborn
11.13.15

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.

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Seed IP Law Group PLLC in Tier 1 of 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings
11.02.15

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.

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 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting www.bestlawfirms.usnews.com

ABOUT “BEST LAW FIRMS”
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list for that particular location and specialty.

ABOUT U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT®
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ABOUT BEST LAWYERS®
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional and national publications across the globe.

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Seed IP partner Kevan L. Morgan joins panel at upcoming “Technology Law” conference
10.12.15

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.

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Seed IP Law Group welcomes new associate Blake K. Kumabe
09.08.15

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).

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