Seed IP provides comprehensive legal assistance in all areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition, confidential information, due diligence, intellectual property licensing, and all related litigation.

Richard W. Seed, Founder

Our History

Our firm, Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP, was founded in 1962 by Richard W. Seed and Benjamin F. Berry. As a leading intellectual property law firm based in the Pacific Northwest, our group consists of over fifty patent attorneys and patent agents, and a staff of over seventy dedicated professionals. Seed IP’s clients range in size from individuals and start-up companies to established multinational corporations with IP needs ranging from trademark clearance to protecting complex chemical and biotechnology patents.

Support Team

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

Our support team includes:

  • Legal assistants with experience in technical fields
  • 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
  • Drafting department that prepares all types of formal drawings and illustrations
  • 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 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 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.

We develop, implement and maintain the most appropriate strategy to broadly protect
and maximize the value of your innovations and intellectual property assets.

Our goal is simple: to assist our clients in developing and maintaining a strategic, robust intellectual property portfolio.

Meet the Management Team

Kevin S. Costanza

Managing Partner

David V. Carlson


Shoko I. Leek


Jeffrey M. Sakoi


Samuel E. Webb


Tom Bahn

Executive Director




At Seed IP we value the relationships we've built with every one of our clients over the past 58 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.

Meet Our Valued Clients

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Recognitions and Awards

Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Tier 1 Firm

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Harrity Analytics 2019 Award Badge