Karl A. Hefter

Senior Associate


Karl's practice is focused on U.S. patent prosecution of computer engineering and computer software matters. His expertise includes drafting and prosecuting utility and design patents in the United States. Karl has drafted and prosecuted patents in many different technical fields including distributed systems and cloud computing, audiovisual content distribution and set-top boxes, automobile head units, smart signs, video encoding, wireless power systems, social networks, online content management and delivery, image processing, noise reduction/cancellation, drone technology, networks, telecommunications, email systems, video games, and other software/hardware related technologies.


Franklin Pierce Law Center
J.D. (cum laude) 2010

University of Idaho
Computer Engineering
B.S. (magna cum laude) 2005


Prior to joining Seed IP, Karl worked as an associate at two other Seattle-area law firms. He has served as a guest lecturer at Washington State University in a senior-level engineering class related to intellectual property. Karl is a co-author of “No Respect for the Dead: Protecting Deceased Celebrity Personality Rights,” as published by BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (September 2008).


Karl 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 (WSPLA).

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