Software & Internet

Software & Internet

Developing advanced software. Machine Learning solutions that wring useful insights from existing data. Improving existing software. Making e-commerce applications a reality. Supporting business models. Automated inference.  Millions of companies are dedicated to acquiring, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information. Seed IP’s software and technology patent attorneys have worked in the trenches of this highly competitive industry. They know firsthand that the breakneck pace of software development requires forward-looking strategies to protect the value of new ideas and inventions. From software development in telecommunications, operating systems, and computer architecture, to e-commerce infrastructure and applications, our attorneys have the technical know-how and experience to assist companies, large and small. Our attorneys know the importance of relating technology to marketing strategy and business goals. They know how to use patent, trademark, and copyright law to obtain the strongest intellectual property protection available. It takes visionary attorneys to protect visionary ideas. Seed IP attorneys know the law, the technology, and the business of computer science.

Our software & internet expertise:

  • Augmented reality / virtual reality
  • Bioinformatics
  • Business processes
  • Cryptocurrency and other immutable ledger applications
  • E-commerce and internet
  • Embedded and vehicular systems
  • Knowledge systems and data mining
  • Machine Learning
  • Streaming media
  • User interface techniques


Software & Internet

Professionals

Bilal H. Adra

Associate

Associate

Bilal H. Adra

Bilal focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution of software and internet technology matters. He received his B.S. (magna cum laude) in Computer Science from North Central College (2016) and his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Illinois College of Law (2019). While attending the University of Illinois College of Law, Bilal received the Joseph M. Barich Excellence in Patent Law Award and the Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, both in 2019.

Software & Internet| AI, ML, and Robotics
Patent
Bobby B. Soltani

Partner

Partner

Bobby B. Soltani

Bobby's practice focuses on the U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of electrical engineering and computer software matters and 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).

Alternative Energy| Consumer Products & Services| Electrical Engineering| Electronics & Semiconductors| Medical Devices| Software & Internet| Telecommunications| AI, ML, and Robotics
IP Agreements & Licensing, IP Litigation & Enforcement, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Brian McQuillen

Of Counsel

Of Counsel

Brian McQuillen

Brian focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation matters across numerous industries. In 1991, earned a B.S.M.E. from Northwestern University. Brian received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1995.

Brooke W. Quist

Partner

Partner

Brooke W. Quist

Brooke's practice focuses on strategic intellectual property counseling and portfolio development, patent procurement, due diligence investigations, enforcement, 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 the University of Southern California in 1992 and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997.

Alternative Energy, Consumer Products & Services, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Semiconductors, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Devices, Software & Internet,Telecommunications
Copyright, IP Agreements & Licensing, IP Litigation & Enforcement, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets, Trademark
Carl L. Rustad

Associate

Associate

Carl L. Rustad

Carl focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the computer science and telecommunications sectors. He earned a B.A. in Computer Science from Williams College in 2018. Carl’s senior thesis was on machine learning, with a focus on multitask learning in few-shot scenarios, particularly in image classification. He received his J.D. from University of Washington School of Law in 2023.

E. Russell Tarleton

Senior Partner

Senior Partner

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).

Alternative Energy, Consumer Products & Services, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Semiconductors, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology, Software & Internet, Telecommunications
Copyright, IP Agreements & Licensing, IP Litigation & Enforcement, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets, Trademark
Emily (Emma) Elder

Associate

Associate

Emily (Emma) Elder

Emma focuses her practice on trademark prosecution, copyright matters, and intellectual property licensing and enforcement. She earned a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Biochemistry from University of Puget Sound in 2018. Emma received her J.D. from University of Washington School of Law in 2023.

Emily Mae-Yen Ross

Associate

Associate

Emily Mae-Yen Ross

Emily focuses her practice on IP litigation and enforcement, as well as patent prosecution, in a variety of technology areas. Emily received her J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 2021, where she was heavily involved with the IP community and secured asylum for four children through the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Children and Family Justice Center. She received a B.S. (with distinction) in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 2014.

Jianping Zhang

Partner

Partner

Jianping Zhang

Recognized in both the U.S. and China as a patent attorney, Jianping helps clients on all aspects of worldwide patent portfolio development and monetization, including drafting and prosecuting patents and preparing opinions on patent infringement validity. His practice focuses on electrical and electronic arts, including digital/analog circuitry, MEMS, R.F., telecommunications, data/signal processing, semiconductors, software, and electrical devices. 

In 1992, Jianping earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology (Beijing, China). He received an L.L.M. from China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing, China) in 1999. Jianping received an M.A. in Criminal Justice from University at Albany (Albany, NY) in 2002. He then received his J.D. (cum laude) from Albany Law School (Albany, NY) in 2005.

Alternative Energy, Consumer Products & Services, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Semiconductors, Nanotechnology, Software & Internet,Telecommunications
IP Agreements & Licensing, IP Litigation & Enforcement, Patent, Strategic Counseling
Karl A. Hefter

Partner

Partner

Karl A. Hefter

Karl's practice focuses 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.

Electrical Engineering| Software & Internet| Telecommunications| AI, ML, and Robotics
Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Marc C. Levy

Of Counsel

Of Counsel

Marc C. Levy

Marc C. Levy’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and disputes including trademark, copyright, and patent litigation. Marc’s litigation and trial experience extends to numerous federal courts across the country. Marc received his J.D. cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1989 and his A.B. in Philosophy from the University of California Berkeley in 1986. Marc is admitted in Washington and Colorado and many federal district and appellate courts.





Consumer Products & Services, Software & Internet
Copyright, IP Litigation & Enforcement, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets, Trademark
Russell C. Pangborn

Partner

Partner

Russell C. Pangborn

Russ' practice focuses on trademark and technology law, including strategic trademark and copyright counseling, trade secrets, Internet policy, unfair competition, domain name strategy, and disputes, trademark prosecution and maintenance, licensing, enforcement and litigation. He received his A.B. in Psychology from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Consumer Products & Services, Electrical Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Software & Internet, Telecommunications
Copyright, IP Agreements & Licensing, IP Litigation & Enforcement, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets, Trademark, Internet Policy & Law
Steven D. Lawrenz

Partner

Partner

Steven D. Lawrenz

Steve Lawrenz works with his clients to develop highly-strategic patent portfolios in computer software, artificial intelligence, and Internet technologies, both in the US and abroad, with a special emphasis on avoiding subject matter eligibility issues. He evaluates third-party patent portfolios to counsel on avoiding patent infringement, and advises on the merits of acquiring particular patent assets. Additionally, Steve mines client patent portfolios to identify assets for licensing and enforcement, patent infringement counterclaims, and divestment. He is an authority on Patent Trial and Appeal Board procedures--particularly appeals from examiners’ rejections--and is experienced at preparing and prosecuting design patent applications, both for user interface elements and physical articles.


Software & Internet| AI, ML, and Robotics
Patent, Strategic Counseling
Timothy L. Boller

Partner

Partner

Timothy L. Boller

Tim Boller's practice focuses on electrical patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1986) and received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1994).

Alternative Energy, Consumer Products & Services, Electrical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Software & Internet, Telecommunications
IP Agreements & Licensing, IP Litigation & Enforcement, Mediation, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Yiheng Li

Partner

Partner

Yiheng Li

Yiheng focuses his practice on patent procurement, prosecution, licensing, and strategic intellectual property portfolio management in software and other computer-related matters.  He received a B.Eng. in Computer Science and Technology from Tsinghua University (2001) and an M.S. in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining from Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science (2004). Yiheng holds a J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law (2013), where he received multiple Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence.

Software & Internet| AI, ML, and Robotics| Telecommunications
IP Agreements & Licensing, Patent, Strategic Counseling
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