United States: Oregon


Klarquist Sparkman LLP
Chernoff Vilhauer
Marger Johnson PC
Perkins Coie LLP
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Chernoff Vilhauer
Patent and trademark specialist Chernoff Vilhauer works closely with clients from the ideation stage to rights procurement, and in all defence, enforcement and monetisation activities. Showcasing a pragmatic and commercial approach, the Chernhoff lawyers deliver easily digestible counsel to put clients on a sure footing in highly competitive marketplaces. Protean professional Jacob Vilhauer, who has been a partner here for over 40 years, has worldly wisdom for his clients – primarily mechanical and electrical manufacturing entities – on tap. For those with diverse portfolios, Peter Staples is a blessing. Another seasoned pro with decades of experience, he counsels clients across the spectrum of IP rights and the straddles the contentious/non-contentious divide with aplomb. Donald Haslett is at his best prosecuting and licensing patents and trademarks.
Klarquist Sparkman LLP
A leading IP boutique not just in Portland, Oregon, but across the country, Klarquist Sparkman renders a refined 360-degree patent service to some of the world’s best-known and most innovative companies, as well as the US government. Medical doctor William Noonan heads an exciting life sciences practice and undertakes high-profile work supporting the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, among many others. Meanwhile, anchoring a potent litigation unit that performs exquisitely on the national stage are John Vandenberg, Scott Davis and Jeffrey Love. “John and Scott demonstrate in-depth knowledge, amazing strategic aptitude and a calm and rational approach to difficult challenges. Their handling of a case is second to none.” The recipient of special praise during the IAM Patent 1000 research cycle, Vandenberg is a “truly exceptional lawyer. He is incredibly efficient and gets excellent results at low cost. He thinks carefully about each case to determine how business objectives are best achieved – nothing is done by rote – and he comes up with novel ideas that win. More than any other lawyer, he puts himself in his client’s shoes, which drives his creativity and results in first-rate substantive work”. He and Love secured a wonderful result for Mentor Graphics against Synopsys, invalidating the claims of three of the latter’s patents under Section 101.
Marger Johnson PC
Marger Johnson’s attorneys, many of whom have engineering and in-house legal experience, are passionate about protecting innovation and realising IP value. Active in a diverse array of technical industries and trained to keep the business interests of clients front of mind, the set procures patent rights and then litigates and commercialises them with alacrity. Setting the highest standards in terms of quality and client service, litigator Alex Johnson steers the firm with a steady hand. He represents many big-name technology brands, but is absolutely in his element when setting start-ups on the path to commercial success. Fellow director Julie Reed is a precision drafter and astute strategic counsellor who knows exactly what clients are looking for as a result of her time in-house.
Perkins Coie LLP
Pacific Northwest and national powerhouse Perkins Coie is one of the few general practice outfits with robust patent prosecution, litigation and transactional groups. These work seamlessly together in the inter-disciplinary IP value group, thanks to a friendly, democratic environment. The firm marries technical sophistication and patent office expertise with trial experience in a compelling way and makes it count for clients, whatever stage of the patent lifecycle they are at. Litigator Julia Markley is a key contact locally.
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
One of the top full-service commercial players in the region, Schwabe is committed to supporting clients and delivering legal certainty with respect to all of their business endeavours. In line with this, it can perform any patent task and fulfil any request proficiently. One of the most versatile professionals in the IP line-up, Brenna Legaard is a registered patent attorney with procurement expertise as well as being an accomplished litigator. Leading the technology industry group, she demonstrates her honed technical dexterity in the medical, software and high-tech manufacturing domains. The most experienced patent lawyer on deck – and another all-rounder – is Peter Heuser, who is best known for his litigation prowess.


Highly recommended
John D Vandenberg - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
Scott E Davis - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
Donald B Haslett - Chernoff Vilhauer
Peter Heuser - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Alex C Johnson - Marger Johnson PC
Brenna K Legaard - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Jeffrey S Love - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
Steven T Lovett - Stoel Rives LLP
William D Noonan - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
Julie L Reed - Marger Johnson PC
J Peter Staples - Chernoff Vilhauer
Jacob E Vilhauer Jr - Chernoff Vilhauer

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