Lee & Hayes, PLLC

Lee & Hayes is a pre-eminent IP practice with expertise that goes beyond the basics of intellectual property. Over 80 seasoned IP specialists provide patent, trademark, copyright and litigation services to individuals and companies ranging from start-ups to members of the Fortune 100. Our corporate, IP analytics, and US Food and Drug Administration practices synergise with our IP core to plan and execute comprehensive business strategies for our technology clients. Lee & Hayes rose to prominence championing the understanding that intellectual property and its complimentary disciplines are not a commodity but an asset class. With this mantra central to all we do, we partner with our clients creatively and nimbly, in a value-based way that energises their business. Our pioneering IP analytics group, 601WEST, offers market intelligence and analytics to assess, build and commercialise business-relevant and valuable IP assets. At Lee & Hayes, we are more than intellectual property; we are ‘The Business of IP®’. This unique model gives Lee & Hayes unparalleled insight when servicing clients – but do not just take our word for it:

  • Lee & Hayes has the highest number of IP strategists of any law firm globally in the 2016-2018 IAM Strategy 300;
  • Lee & Hayes was recognised by US News & World Report – Best Lawyers® 2018 as a best law firm;
  • the firm was ranked as a top-quality US patent firm overall and for information technology by IAM for six consecutive years;
  • our attorneys were recognised by Super Lawyers® as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars; and
  • the firm has been formally recognised as one of the top firms for business method applications in Juristat.

Our guiding tenets are as follows:

  • Clients first – we represent a select number of premier clients worldwide and collaborate closely with them.
  • Intellectual property at the core – as intellectual property is often the most valuable asset of clients, we designed our firm with an array of sophisticated IP services at the core, supported by transaction, litigation and corporate services.
  • Innovation – we pioneered and continue to innovate the best-in-class IP analytics and strategy platform to help clients to align their IP strategies with their business objectives, offering value-added insights on a wide range of IP-based, business-critical issues.

Innovative proprietary analytics platform

Lee & Hayes’ IP analytics group 601WEST – which is unique in the legal industry – provides a proprietary analytics and services platform to assess, build and commercialise intelligent portfolios. Over a decade ago, we began developing analytics and big-data solutions to help non-IP experts understand patents as an asset class. Our approach to business-oriented IP analytics is used today for strategy, portfolio development, IP valuation, M&A transactions and other business solutions.

IP litigation

Lee & Hayes’ nationally-recognised IP litigation attorneys enforce and defend clients’ patent, trademark, trade dress and trade secret rights in every possible venue, including federal district and appellate courts, state courts, before the US Patent and Trademark Office and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and at the International Trade Commission. We represent individuals and companies ranging from start-ups to members of the Fortune 100. And with significant expertise challenging and defending the validity of patents through the inter partes review process, we craft and execute dispute resolution strategies focused on minimising disruption and expense to your business, while achieving excellent outcomes.

Growing national footprint and global experience

Responsive to client demands, Lee & Hayes has grown significantly. We are committed to hiring a diverse, talented, team of attorneys and agents.

Lee & Hayes has six US offices, in Atlanta, Austin, Vancouver-Portland metro, Rochester, Spokane and Seattle. We also have a rich tradition of working in IP markets around the world and representing world-class companies outside the United States. Many of our attorneys have language proficiencies and on-the-ground experience in these markets.

Award-winning team

Lee & Hayes has attracted IP leaders who understand not only the law of intellectual property, but also ‘The Business of IP®’. In addition to the 11 attorneys named in the IAM Patent 1000 2017, we have eight individuals listed in the IAM Strategy 300 2017.

Contact details

Lee & Hayes, PLLC
601 West Riverside Avenue
Suite 1400
Spokane WA 99201
United States

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Other offices

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Rochester
  • Seattle
  • Spokane
  • Vancouver-Portland Metro