Lawrence specializes in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of biotechnology and chemistry matters. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Washington (1992). Lawrence’s experience includes assisting in the drafting and prosecuting of biotechnology and chemistry patents in the United States and in many foreign countries. He has extensive research and prior art retrieval capabilities and is at an expert level with many computer-assisted online research (CALR) platforms. Lawrence has many years of experience conducting freedom-to-operate searches and patentability assessments, assisting with infringement litigation, and providing technical analysis for prospective litigation.
Lawrence is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington Patent Law Association (WSPLA).
Seed IP attorneys successfully represented Plentyoffish Media, Inc., in proceedings before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (T.T.A.B.). Plentyoffish Media opposed registration and petitioned to cancel the “PLENTOFPROS” marks for online social networking. After discovery and trial briefing, the T.T.A.B. ruled in favor of Plentyoffish Media and granted all of the requested relief. In addition, the T.T.A.B. found that Plentyoffish Media’s mark is “very strong in connection with its services particularly in the field of dating, and is entitled to broad protection.” Plentyoffish Media, Inc. v. Maya, Opp. No. 91205340, 2014 WL 5035520, at *12 (T.T.A.B. Sep. 25, 2014).
Plentyoffish Media, Inc. is the Vancouver, British Columbia-based company behind the hugely popular PlentyOfFish (pof.com) online dating service.
Please contact Seed IP partner Kevin Costanza if you have any questions.
Seed IP attorneys successfully represented Olympic Veterinary Corp. in litigation against VSSI, Inc. in the Western District of Missouri. VSSI voluntarily dismissed its patent infringement claim against Olympic Veterinary after Seed IP attorneys filed a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and negotiated with plaintiff’s counsel.
Olympic Veterinary Corp. is a Mercer Island-based manufacturer of professional veterinary medical products sold throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Please contact Seed IP partner Mike Hogan if you have any questions.
Seed IP attorneys successfully represented Queen Mary, Inc., in litigation against a Salt Lake City-based tea company. Queen Mary filed trademark infringement and unfair competition claims in the Western District of Washington, and later successfully defended against a motion to dismiss. The parties later agreed to settle the case. The settlement protects Queen Mary’s trademark rights in the marks TEA QUEEN and THE QUEEN’S RULES and allows the parties to get back to the business of tea.
Queen Mary, Inc., runs the Queen Mary Tea Room, the oldest independent tea room in America.
Please contact Seed IP partner Kevin Costanza if you have any questions.
Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group proudly welcomes new associate Justin E. Coe. Justin specializes in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of electrical engineering, electronics and computer software matters, including patent procurement, prosecution and strategic portfolio management. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Portland State University in 2007, and a J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2010.
Justin is admitted to the Arizona 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).
Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals Group proudly welcomes new associate Michael E. Cooper. Michael specializes in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of chemistry and biotechnology matters, and related litigation matters. He received a B.S. in Chemistry (2006) and M.S. in Chemistry (2011), both from University of Utah, and he was awarded a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (2011).
Michael is admitted to the Washington State Bar and the Missouri 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.
Seed IP is sponsoring the upcoming Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW) conference, to be held June 30-July 1 at the Washington State Convention Center. LSINW is North America’s largest fully-integrated life science exposition, connecting world-class industry leaders and showcasing the Pacific Northwest as a global center for life science advancement. Nearly 1000 attendees from public and private companies gather to highlight the unique and powerful life sciences sector of the Pacific Northwest. Public and private investors, investment bankers, and industry executives who are focused on business development and partnering opportunities in life sciences, find LSINW to be one of the most productive, annually held conferences.
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SEATTLE, Washington (April 22, 2015) —- Seed IP Law Group was rated as having the second highest percentage of female partners among intellectual property law firms in Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report: 2015. According to the report, women comprise 21.5% of the partners at IP boutique firms and 18.3% of the partners at all law firms. Female partners at Seed comprise over 30% of the total partners. Kevin Costanza, Managing Partner of Seed IP Law Group, while pleased with Seed’s ranking, stated that “all law firms need to do more to attract and retain female attorneys, as well as minorities.”
The Law360 report noted that a major challenge for IP law firms is the relatively small percentage of women who graduate with technical and scientific degrees and an even smaller percentage of those women who graduate from law school. Lorraine Linford, a senior partner on Seed’s Management Committee, acknowledges this challenge but also sees it as an opportunity. “There is a tremendous opportunity for us to reach out to female students in middle school and high school and encourage them to pursue technical or scientific studies. We can and should serve as role models for these young women so they become aware of the career opportunities in law as well as industry.”
Seed IP Law Group is pleased to announce that six of its attorneys have been selected as IP Stars for year 2015 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 Handbook is 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 2015 IP Stars list.
Law students Patrick Chinkiwsky and Alejandro Villegas (both of Seattle University School of Law) and Ashleigh B. Rhodes (University of Washington School of Law) were recently selected as the recipients of Seed Intellectual Property Law Group’s Founders Scholarships for year 2014-2015. 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 awarded annually to students at the University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law. Seed IP seeks to 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,” says Kevin S. Costanza, Seed IP’s Managing Partner. “Only through strong support of higher education will our country continue to be a leader in the world.”
All three recipients attended an evening reception at the office of Seed IP Law Group on April 9, 2015. (View image using PDF link below.)Read PDF (2.80 MB) >
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