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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Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group proudly welcomes new associate Joseph J. Probst. Joseph specializes in the procurement of U.S. and foreign patents directed to electrical, electro-mechanical, and computer-implemented inventions. He received a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Bioengineering from Clemson University (2009) and he holds a J.D. (with High Honors) (Order of the Coif) from the University of Washington School of Law (2012).
Joseph is admitted to practice in South Carolina 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) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).
Seed IP Law Group proudly welcomes four new associates, Evan G. Clinton, Daniel P. O’Brien, Ph.D., Brooke L. Sargeant, Ph.D., and Duncan Stark.
Evan G. Clinton joins Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group. Evan focuses his practice on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of electrical engineering and computer-related technologies and IP litigation and enforcement matters. He received a B.S. (2011) in Electrical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he graduated with Honors. Evan holds a J.D. University of Washington School of Law (2014). Evan is admitted to the Washington State Bar. His registration to practice before the United States Patent Office is pending.
Daniel P. O’Brien, Ph.D., joins Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, and Chemistry Group. Daniel’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the fields of biotechnology and other life sciences. He has a technical background in microbiology, cancer biology, cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, genetics, and biochemistry. Daniel received a B.S. magna cum laude (2001) from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. (2008) in Cancer Biology from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He holds a J.D. cum laude (2011) from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he earned a Law and Technology concentration with honors and served as president of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association. Daniel is admitted to the North Carolina 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, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.
Brooke L. Sargeant, Ph.D., also joins Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, and Chemistry Group. Brooke focuses her practice on U.S. and foreign biotechnology patent matters, including patent procurement, licensing, and strategic portfolio management. She received a B.S. summa cum laude in Biology from the University of South Florida (2000) and a Ph.D. in Biology from Georgetown University (2005). Brooke was awarded a J.D. with high honors from University of Washington School of Law (2014). She 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, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.
Seed IP’s Mechanical Engineering & Trademark Group welcomes new associate Duncan Stark. Duncan focuses his practice on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of mechanical-related technologies, including medical devices and consumer products. Duncan received a B.S. summa cum laude (2008) and an M.S. (2009) in Civil Engineering, both from Oregon State University. He holds a J.D. with High Honors and Order of the Coif from the University of Washington School of Law (2012). Duncan is admitted to the Oregon 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 American Intellectual Property Law Association.
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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, Qing (Becky) Lin, Ph.D., Shoko Leek, Lorraine Linford, David J. Maki, Stephen J. Rosenman, Ph.D., Jeffrey M. Sakoi, Samuel E. Webb, and Jim White - were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 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, 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; 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.
Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group proudly welcomes Paul F. Rusyn as Of Counsel. Paul focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of electronic and electrical patent applications. He also counsels clients on various intellectual property matters including patentability, invalidity, and infringement opinions, patent enforcement, intellectual property related due diligence and licensing.
Paul is admitted to practice in Washington and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA), and the Intellectual Property Section of the King County Bar Association.
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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, Stephen J. Rosenman, and Jeffrey M. Sakoi took part as lecturers, adjunct professors, and panelists during the 2014 CASRIP Summer Institute (July 17-August 01). A cocktail reception for all 2014 CASRIP Summer Institute and High Technology Protection Summit participants was held on the evening of July 25 at the Seed IP Law Group office.
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Hai Han, Ph.D., and Jeffrey C. Pepe, Ph.D., became partners of Seed IP Law Group effective July 1, 2014. Hai and Jeff are in Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Chemistry Group. Both attorneys specialize in U.S. and foreign intellectual property matters, including patent procurement, licensing, and strategic planning.
Hai specializes in U.S. and foreign chemical and pharmaceutical patent matters with special emphasis on small molecules. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University (China) in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Organic and Physical Organic Chemistry from Brown University (1997). Hai also conducted post-doctoral research at the Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University (1998). She holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law (2003). During her career as a scientist, Hai combined her specialties in both organic synthesis and spectroscopic techniques to design and synthesize complex electron-transfer molecular assemblies. She then investigated their opto-electronic characteristics. Hai is also experienced in the synthesis of macromolecules, including those with potential utilities as artificial organs, and photo refractive materials for optical signal processing applications. She has authored research articles and presented results at several conferences. Hai is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is admitted to the Washington State Bar (2003).
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Jeff has expertise in worldwide life science and chemical patent matters, including strategic planning, competitive analysis, due diligence, patent procurement, licensing, and enforcement. Jeff’s scientific experience includes working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington and as a Microbiologist at the National Marine Fisheries Service. His work as a graduate student and post-doctoral fellow was in the area of medical microbiology. Jeff is an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he co-teaches “Biotechnology and the Law.” He previously worked as an associate attorney at Seed IP Law Group from 2000-2004. Before rejoining Seed in 2012, Jeff was Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Trubion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and at Nastech Pharmaceutical Company Inc. (now Marina Biotech Inc.). He is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Jeff is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Washington State Patent Law Association, and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association.
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Seed IP partners Frank Abramonte, David V. Carlson, Kevin S. Costanza, William O. Ferron, Jr., Karl R. Hermanns, Dr. Stephen J. Rosenman, and Jeffrey M. Sakoi have been selected as 2014 Super Lawyers, as published in Thomson Reuters’ Washington Super Lawyers, Summer 2014 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 seven 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 and Mr. Carlson are attorneys within Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group.
Seed IP proudly congratulates our seven attorneys who have been selected to the 2014 Super Lawyers list.
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