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Seed IP Law Group

Our Valued Clients

At Seed IP, we value the relationships we've built with every one of our clients over the past 60+ years. We are proud of the work we have done for them and grateful for the opportunities and successes we've had along the way. We look forward to working with you and your team in the future.

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Seed IP Law Group

Our Approach

We believe an integrated strategy for protecting intellectual assets is critical to establishing strong and valuable intellectual property portfolios. We employ a team approach, in which attorneys with complementary experience and skills work together to provide the most comprehensive and cost-effective legal services possible. We leverage our legal and technical expertise to develop programs designed to address each client’s particular business needs and objectives. In developing a customized program, we work with a company’s management team to identify core concepts, we evaluate the novelty of the intellectual property at issue, and we work with inventors to clearly understand the invention.

Secure Communication & Workflow

Timely, precise, and secure communication is critically important in today’s modern business environment and is absolutely essential in providing patent, trademark, and copyright protection for our clients.

Our Support Team

Seed Intellectual Property Law Group includes an experienced and knowledgeable support staff who assist our attorneys and clients with comprehensive, efficient, and cost-effective legal services.

Our support team includes:
  • A team of paralegals with extensive experience in U.S. patent prosecution

  • Paralegals dedicated to international patent filings

  • Paralegals supporting trademark research and filings

  • Paralegals and other staff supporting litigation

  • Dedicated docketing department to track all forms of legal due dates

  • A drafting department that prepares all types of design and utility patent application drawings and figures

  • Full-service accounting department

  • Word processors proficient in many different software applications

  • Full-service information technology team, including support for secure web-based access to electronic documents


Our technology infrastructure provides our attorneys with the necessary tools needed to provide the highest level of legal service 24 hours a day.


Our secure extranet gives our clients access to key documents allowing them to collaboratively manage their intellectual property portfolios. We also provide a help desk to assist our clients with using the system.


Our clients are on the leading edge of science and technology. We’ve designed our client service systems to respond to and support their needs.


Our firm, Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP, was founded in 1962 by entrepreneurs Richard W. Seed and Benjamin F. Berry and is a leading intellectual property law firm in the Pacific Northwest with over 50 patent attorneys, trademark attorneys, and patent agents, and a support staff of over 120 employees. Seed IP has a wide variety of clients that range from individuals and start-up companies in emerging technologies to established multinational corporations, with IP needs ranging from trademark clearance to protecting complex chemical, biotechnology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and software patents.

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Meet the Executive Team

Kevin S. Costanza

Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Kevin S. Costanza

Kevin Costanza's practice focuses on mechanical patent prosecution, trademark clearance, and registration, and intellectual property licensing. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California at Irvine in 1990, concentrating on mechanical engineering and material sciences. Kevin received his J.D. (cum laude) from Seattle University School of Law in 1995.

Consumer Products & Services, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Devices
Copyright,IP Agreements & Licensing, IP Litigation & Enforcement, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets, Trademark
Eric A. Harwood, Ph.D.



Eric A. Harwood, Ph.D.

Eric Harwood is the Chair of Seed’s Chemistry and Biotechnology Group. His practice focuses on chemical, pharmaceutical, and life science patent prosecution, strategy, and diligence matters. Eric earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at Davis (summa cum laude), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Organic Chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle. He received a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, where he now serves as an Adjunct Professor.

Biotechnology, Chemistry, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals
Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Shoko I. Leek



Shoko I. Leek

Shoko's practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications in electronics, telecommunications, optics, software, and mechanical engineering. She has extensive experience in counseling in general intellectual property matters, including patents and trademarks, developing strategic patent portfolios, conducting a due-diligence review of patent portfolios, preparing patent infringement and validity opinions, preparing patent assertion material, and intellectual property licensing negotiation and agreements. Shoko received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Washington in 1998 and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1997.

Consumer Products & Services, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Semiconductors, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Devices, Software & Internet, Telecommunications
IP Agreements & Licensing, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets
Kevan L. Morgan



Kevan L. Morgan

Kevan's practice is focused on the U.S. and foreign patent prosecution of electrical engineering and computer software matters, including IP agreements and licensing, and strategic portfolio management. He received a B.S. (magna cum laude in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University (1993), and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Utah State University (1993), with minors in History and Portuguese. Kevan holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law (1996).

Alternative Energy, Consumer Products & Services, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Semiconductors, Industrial Design, Medical Devices, Software & Internet, Telecommunications
IP Agreements & Licensing, Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets, Trademark
Hayley J. Talbert



Hayley J. Talbert

Hayley devotes her time to strategic intellectual property (IP) counseling for her clients with a focus on efficient and effective patent prosecution, licensing, and validity and infringement studies. Since 2008, Hayley has assisted clients on numerous patent applications covering a wide range of technologies, including the electrical, software, and mechanical arts. With a background in electrical engineering, Hayley can confidently assist any company, both domestically and internationally, with their IP and patent strategy.

Consumer Products & Services, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Semiconductors, Nanotechnology, Telecommunications
Patent, Strategic Counseling, Trade Secrets, Trademark
Tom Bahn

Executive Director

Executive Director

Tom Bahn

Tom is delighted to be part of Seed IP. As the firm’s Executive Director, Tom focuses on the firm’s strategic and organization planning while ensuring that the firm’s operations meet the needs of clients and attorneys alike.

Amy Strok

Director of Human Resources

Director of Human Resources

Amy Strok

Amy is a certified human resources professional within the Seattle legal community. She has played an active role in the legal community and local law schools. Amy currently serves as the President of the Puget Sound Association of Legal Administrators.

Honors & Awards

It's not what we say, it's what they say

Seed IP is one of the leading intellectual property firms in the Pacific Northwest, with national and international reach. Please see the list below for just some of the various accolades and honors recently bestowed upon the firm and its attorneys.

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms® 2024

In 2024, Seed IP is ranked nationally in seven practice areas and ranked regionally in six practice areas.

The Best Lawyers in America® 2024

Seed IP has eighteen attorneys listed in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Additionally, seven attorneys were selected to the fourth annual “Ones to Watch” list in 2024.

WTR Global Leaders 2023 (World Trademark Review)

WTR (World Trademark Review®) Global Leaders 2023 | Russell C. Pangborn recognized each year 2019-2023. Additionally, Russ was interviewed in years 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Washington’s Best Workplaces 2023 (Puget Sound Business Journal)

Seed IP is once again recognized as one of Washington’s Best Workplaces for 2023, in the Large Companies category.

Top Patent Firms 2024 (Harrity & Harrity, LLP)

Seed IP is ranked at #21 nationally for top patent law firms, based on the total number of U.S. utility patents (1,625) that issued during 2023.

Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated AV Preeminent® Intellectual Property Lawyers 2024

Seed IP has six AV-rated attorneys, and one Distinguished rated attorney as of 2024.

IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2022

Brooke W. Quist recognized in the 2022 edition. The guide identifies the individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximize the value of IP portfolios.

IAM Patent 1000–The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2024

Seed IP has six “Recommended Individuals” on the “IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2024" list, and the firm itself is ranked in the “Gold Band” for Firms: Prosecution, as well as “Recommended” for Firms: Transactions, in 2024.

Chambers USA 2024

Seed IP received a firm ranking, along with having two of its partners, Karl Hermanns and Kevan Morgan, listed as “Notable Practitioners” in the 2024 edition.

Washington Super Lawyers + Rising Stars 2023

In 2023, Seed IP has five attorneys selected to Super Lawyers and five attorneys selected to Rising Stars, as compiled by Thomson Reuters.

Managing Intellectual Property’s IP STARS 2024

In 2024, Seed IP ranked as a “Highly Recommended Firm” for intellectual property matters, and has three attorneys listed as ”IP STARS” for patent and trademark matters.

World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2024

Seed IP listed as “Recommended Firm” in 2024. Kevin Costanza and Russell Pangborn listed as “Recommend Individuals” in 2024.

Diversity Snapshot 2023 – Law360 (A LexisNexis® Company)

In 2023, Seed IP is ranked at #7 on the Law Firms With the Most Diverse Equity Partnerships list for U.S. law firms with 100 or fewer attorneys.

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