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Seed IP Law Group PLLC names two new partners
07.01.14

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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“Washington Super Lawyers” selects seven Seed IP attorneys for its 2014 list
06.13.14

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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“Washington Rising Stars” selects two Seed IP attorneys for its 2014 list
06.13.14

Seed IP Law Group attorneys Thomas J. Satagaj and Bobby B. Soltani, have been selected to the 2014 Rising Stars list, as published in Thomson Reuters’ Washington Super Lawyers, Summer 2014 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 2014 Rising Stars list.

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Six Seed IP attorneys selected as IP Stars 2014
06.09.14

Seed IP Law Group is pleased to announce that six of its attorneys have been selected as IP Stars 2014 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 Handbookis 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 2014 IP Stars list.

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Seed IP Law Group PLLC listed as one of the “Top Trademark Firms” for 2014
05.08.14

Intellectual Property Today magazine has ranked Seed IP Law Group at #67 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 2013 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 214 trademark registrations in 2013. Seed IP has consistently been among the Top 100 in this annual survey.

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Seed IP Law Group welcomes new partner Michael P. Hogan
04.14.14

Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals Group proudly welcomes new partner Michael P. Hogan. Mike specializes in litigation matters, with a particular focus on Hatch-Waxman cases. He received a B.S. (1993, with departmental honors) in Biochemistry from Indiana University, and a J.D. (2002) from Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Mike was honored with the Barrister’s Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy from the James E. Beasley School of Law. He also received the Eli Lily & Company Scholarship for Undergraduate Synthetic Organic Chemistry Summer Research.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Mike spent over five years as a research scientist performing synthetic organic chemistry and drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry.

Mike is admitted to practice in the states of New York and Pennsylvania, 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), New York Intellectual Property Law Association, New York State Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA).

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Seed IP Law Group PLLC listed as one of the “Top Patent Firms” for 2014
04.02.14

Intellectual Property Today magazine has ranked Seed IP Law Group at #64 in its annual “Top Patent Firms” survey. The data, gathered from reporting nationwide firms, is based upon the total amount of United States patents issued in 2013 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 718 patents in 2013. Seed IP has consistently been among the Top 100 in this annual survey.

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Seed IP Law Group welcomes new partner Samuel E. Webb
03.31.14

Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals Group proudly welcomes new partner Samuel E. Webb. Sam has expertise in U.S. and international patent matters pertaining to life science, chemical, and medical device technologies. Before joining Seed IP, Sam was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP (2006-2014) and served as senior intellectual property counsel at NPS Pharmaceuticals in Salt Lake City, Utah (2004-2006), as a patent attorney at Johnson & Johnson/ALZA Corp. in Mountain View, California (2001-2004), and as a patent agent and associate patent attorney at Task Britt in Salt Lake City (1998-2001).
Sam is admitted to practice in the states of Washington and Utah, 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 Government Affairs Council of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA). Since 2009, Sam has served as a part-time lecturer at University of Washington School of Law, where he teaches “IP Appellate Advocacy.”

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Seed IP Law Group welcomes new associate Eric A. Lindberg
03.07.14

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.

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Two law students receive Seed IP Law Group’s annual Founders Scholarships
03.07.14

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.”

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