Jared M. Barrett, Christopher A. Bullard, Michael J. Freno, and Thomas J. Satagaj became partners of Seed IP Law Group effective January 1, 2013. Jared and Christopher are in Seed IP’s Mechanical Engineering & Trademark Group; Michael is with the Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Chemistry Group; and Thomas is in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Group. All four attorneys specialize in U.S. and foreign intellectual property matters, including patent procurement, licensing, and strategic planning.
Jared specializes in mechanical patent prosecution and trademark registration. Jared received his B.S. (magna cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2001, and was awarded his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 2007. He is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Jared worked as a design engineer at Genie Industries, a division of the Terex Corporation, designing a range of aerial lift and material handling equipment. He was involved in all stages of the design process from initial concept, through design, manufacturing, testing, and product support. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State Patent Law Association.
Chris specializes in patent prosecution and portfolio management, representing clients in post grant proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, intellectual property licensing, and IP enforcement matters. Chris received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University in 2000, and was awarded his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 2006. He is admitted to the Washington and Virginia state bars, is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is admitted to practice before the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Chris currently serves as a Member of Council of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA-IPL). Within the ABA-IPL, he has also served as the Chair of the Patent and Trademark Office Affairs Committee – Patents (2010-2011), Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee (2008-2010), and as a Member of the Editorial Board of Landslide (2008-2010). Chris is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Washington State Patent Law Association, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Michael counsels clients on intellectual property matters and specializes in intellectual property litigation and opinions relating to validity and infringement. His litigation practice includes formulating strategy, conducting pre-trial discovery, brief writing, trial, and appeal, which builds upon over ten years of experience handling complex litigation matters. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in Chemistry from Kenyon College in 1993, and obtained a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1997. Michael received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2001. Prior to joining Seed IP Law Group, Michael worked at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP in New York for eleven years, gaining extensive experience in complex patent litigation matters. Michael has extensive deposition experience, examined witnesses at hearings and trial, and has written numerous discovery briefs, dispositive memoranda of law, and appellate briefs. Michael also has experience in a number of patent interference proceedings before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Michael is admitted to the New York State Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association.
Tom provides intellectual property rights counsel including patent portfolio strategy development, due diligence analysis, and validity and infringement studies. He 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 School of Law (2006). Tom 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 Bar Association, and serves on its Intellectual Property Section Executive Committee. Additionally, Tom is a member of the King County Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Washington State Patent Law Association, The Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
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