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Seed IP Law Group welcomes four new associates
09.10.14

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’s admission to the Washington State Bar and registration to practice before the United States Patent Office are both 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). Her admission to the Washington State Bar is pending. Brooke 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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Fourteen Seed IP attorneys listed in the 2015 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”
08.18.14

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 Law Group welcomes Paul F. Rusyn as Of Counsel
08.01.14

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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Four Seed IP partners participate at 2014 CASRIP Summer Institute
08.01.14

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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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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