Washington is home to many household-name technology companies, including Nintendo of America, Amazon.com, Microsoft and Bungie. Many of these companies are involved in significant patent litigation, generating a substantial volume of work for lawyers in the state. As a result, a sophisticated legal market and patent litigation expertise has developed in the Seattle metropolitan area, with many key players gaining visibility representing these tech giants in some of the busiest US patent litigation venues. The top firms and lawyers are recognised in the accompanying ranking table.
“The market in Seattle starts with this firm”, which “definitely has the strongest practice” in the state. The firm covers all technological spheres and can handle litigation in all major US forums. The “very highly rated” Ramsey Al-Salam is an acclaimed practitioner at the firm and among the best-known patent litigators in Washington. Jerry Riedinger brings “solid experience in patent litigation” to the practice, along with “deep knowledge” of the area.
This IP boutique has a substantial patent litigation practice and “an excellent reputation”. Its lawyers have appeared in courts across the United States in cases concerning a wide variety of technologies. It recently acted for K2 in securing an order invalidating a ski-related patent. Lawrence Graham is “a standout patent litigator” at the firm, with a broad IP practice that specialises in litigation.Dorsey & Whitney LLP
This national firm has “a notable presence” in Washington, with a responsive and flexible team undertaking a diverse array of IP work, including patent litigation. The Seattle office forms part of a larger country-wide and international patent litigation practice, while also attending to the needs of local clients in the Pacific Northwest. The firm works with clients across a wide range of technologies, including sports and recreation equipment, consumer and industrial electronics, business methods, e-commerce and pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
“Very highly rated” Brian Bodine is a practitioner at Lane Powell PC, with a wide portfolio of patent litigation expertise. “Strong player” Brian Park recently moved from Dorsey & Whitney to Stoel Rives. Robert Rohde of Rohde & Van Kampen PLLC is praised as “an excellent litigator and communicator”.