E. Russell Tarleton
Russ Tarleton has assisted clients in the procurement and enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights for almost 30 years. Before attending law school, Russ worked as a court reporter in federal and state court and as a technician with National Semiconductor maintaining microchip manufacturing equipment.
Russ received a B.S. in Aeronautics (cum laude) from Utah State University (1982) and was awarded his J.D. by the University of Utah (1986). Russ received his Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington (1998).
Russ received the Client Choice Award 2015 for Intellectual Property – Trademarks for the state of Washington. Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners worldwide that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focuses on an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market. In his litigation practice, Russ has argued before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the dismissal of a trademark case in his client's favor.
He has experience in over 110 Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings. Russ' patent prosecution focuses on the electrical and electro-mechanical arts. He has a Guest Lecturer on IP Law and Litigation at the University of Washington Paralegal Program. Before attending law school, Russ worked as a court reporter in federal and state court and as a technician with National Semiconductor maintaining microchip manufacturing equipment.
University of Utah - J.D. 1986
University of Washington - Electrical Engineering - M.S. 1998
Utah State University - Aeronautics - B.S. 1982
Russ is a member of the Utah State Bar (1992), the Washington State Bar (1987), and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His professional memberships include the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Washington State Patent Law Association.
Russ contributes to his community through volunteer work, including Habitat for Humanity (Cambodia in 2010), and teaching at Cambodian Children’s Fund facilities in Phnom Penh (2011). Russ was a Coach with Zino Society, assisting entrepreneurs in preparing competitive presentations to angel investors, and he is a former member of the Keiretsu Forum in Seattle.
Tarleton, E., Ashton, J., Trademark Predators — Can They Really Prey On The Public?, Law360, December 18, 2017.
Tarleton, E., Ashton, J., A Call To Arms: The Trademark Battle For ‘Triggerpoint’, Law360, March 17, 2017.
Honors & Awards
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018-2021
Awarded with Lexology’s Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property – Trademarks; Washington, 2015
The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year - Trademark Law, 2021