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Seed IP Law Group welcomes new associate Thomas A. Shewmake
03.28.16

Seed IP’s Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Chemistry and IP Enforcement & Litigation Groups proudly welcome new associate Thomas A. Shewmake. Tom focuses his practice primarily on patent and other intellectual property litigation in a variety of technical areas and with a particular focus on biotechnology matters. He received a B.S. degree in Bioengineering from the University of California –Berkeley in 2003 and an M.S. degree in Bioengineering from Arizona State University in 2008. Tom was awarded his J.D. cum laude from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law in 2011.

Tom is admitted to the Arizona State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Tom is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA) and Life Science Washington (formerly Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association).

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Seed IP Law Group welcomes new partner Marc C. Levy
03.23.16

Seed IP’s Trademark and IP Enforcement & Litigation groups proudly welcome Marc C. Levy as Partner. Marc has more than 20 years of experience in intellectual property litigation and enforcement with a concentration in trademark, false advertising and unfair competition matters. He also applies his extensive litigation and trial experience to provide strategic brand management counseling to help his clients protect and enforce their brands. In the trademark area, he has extensive national experience in preliminary injunction hearings, trials and appeals in federal courts, as well as inter partes proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He has represented clients in these matters, including preliminary injunction hearings and trials, in federal trial and appellate courts across the country. In the advertising arena, Marc has not only represented clients in the federal courts, but also at the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau.

Marc received his A.B. in Philosophy from the University of California - Berkeley in 1986, and he received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1989. Marc is admitted to the state bars of Washington and Colorado. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Marc is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

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Four law students receive Seed IP Law Group’s Founders Scholarships
03.14.16

Law students Daniel L. Jackstadt and Aaron S. Nudelman, Ph.D. (both of Seattle University School of Law), and Vijay S. Kumar and Allison M. De Wispelaere, Ph.D. (both of University of Washington School of Law), were recently selected as the recipients of Seed Intellectual Property Law Group’s Founders Scholarships for the 2015-2016 period.

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 four recipients attended a reception at the office of Seed IP Law Group on the evening of March 31, 2016. (View image using PDF link below.)

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Seed IP Law Group welcomes new partner Robert L. Kovelman
02.22.16

Seed IP’s Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and IP Enforcement & Litigation Groups proudly welcome Robert L. Kovelman as Partner. Mr. Kovelman counsels some of the world’s largest and most innovative gaming technology, multimedia, computer technology, software, medical device and mechanical companies in all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. He received a B.A. (1986) from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1991.

Mr. Kovelman is admitted to the California State Bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His court admissions include US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, and the Central, Northern, & Southern US District Courts in California. Mr. Kovelman is a member of the Washington Patent Law Association (WSPLA).

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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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