United States: Oregon

Firms

  • Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Alleman Hall Creasman & Tuttle
  • Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Stoel Rives LLP

Alleman Hall Creasman & Tuttle

With international expertise a chief selling point, the proficient practitioners at Alleman Hall Creasman & Tuttle join forces to secure patent protection for innovative companies wherever in the world they need it. Adept in all major technology areas, the team dots the Is and crosses the Ts in prosecution while also eyeing up strategic IP monetisation opportunities and swiftly resolving conflicts, making it a persuasive one-stop shop. Mark Alleman shines in high-technology areas and brings to the table prior experience as a foreign lawyer registered in Japan. He works across the contentious/non-contentious divide, which enhances the quality of his overarching strategic advice. An expert on patents and brands, Jason Creasman can singlehandedly and efficiently support clients in all their IP endeavours.

Klarquist Sparkman LLP

One of the West Coast’s most venerable boutiques, Klarquist is the patent service provider of choice for a litany of prestigious companies, research centres, academic institutions and government agencies. “No matter the type of patent work, you feel you are in the safest of hands when Klarquist is in your corner, as the quality of its advice is second to none on the US market. Its attorneys have deep insight into the law, understand commercial realities and are brilliant at strategic thinking.” Focusing first on the life sciences, outstanding contributions to the practice come from Sheree Rybak and Gregory Scott, who link up to support the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); notably, Klarquist is the only firm to be awarded an FDA contract for full lifecycle patent legal services. Applying her patent savvy and virtually unrivalled breadth of biotechnology knowledge, Rybak has meticulous drafting and prosecution skills, and distinguishes herself as an opinion giver. Scott conducts himself flawlessly in the prosecution of international patent families for top universities in areas such as cancer immunotherapy. Moving to the high-technology side, it’s a similar picture of high-calibre performance on behalf of industry leaders – Robert Scotti, for example, manages a portfolio of cloud services technology patents for one of the leading players in the country. He joins the IAM Patent 1000 for the first time this year on a wave of effusive reviews: “Robert isn’t afraid to ask questions and maintains a great rapport with inventors, enabling him to grasp their innovations and quickly put together strong patent applications. He is always highly responsive, making him an ideal fit for time-sensitive matters; he never overcommits and under-delivers, but judges everything perfectly.” Kyle Rinehart, meanwhile, fields instructions from Microsoft relating to the protection of media processing technologies; he is superb at analysing portfolios and identifying strengths to exploit and weaknesses to fix. The litigators here have also done much to earn the firm its lofty reputation – take John Vandenberg, for example, “one of the most efficient and practical lawyers you could ever encounter”: “John doesn’t over-lawyer things or take what you might call a standard approach; he sizes up the importance of each issue immediately and finds the quickest, most effective ways to tackle it.” Recent work included litigating for Dexcom against WaveForm Technologies – he obtained a decisive summary judgment declaring the patent claims asserted by the latter to be invalid for indefiniteness. Teaming up with him on this were Kristin Cleveland and Scott Davis, whose report cards are similarly glowing. “A passionate advocate for her clients, Kristin is amazingly intelligent and finds clever and creative solutions to problems.” Davis can “put the most important IP matters on his shoulders and manage massive IP projects involving unique legal issues and many stakeholders”. Other elite advocates on deck include Christopher Carraway, who recently secured an affirmance from the Federal Circuit of two earlier summary judgment victories on behalf of SAP America and HP against Big Baboon; and seasoned commercial-turned-IP litigator Jeffrey Love, who has all the trial skills you could ever need, but also performs with panache at the PTAB. The star of the ensemble’s dynamic post-grant practice, however, is undoubtedly Andrew Mason, who has recently taken the lead in filing inter partes reviews for Microsoft against patents relating to online multimedia slide shows asserted by Hypermedia Navigation in district court litigation. Mason’s blend of technical insight – he’s a former circuit designer – prosecution expertise and global patent litigation know-how serves him tremendously well.

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Schwabe has a deep bench of IP professionals in Oregon, with 16 attorneys in the fold and PhD-level talent on both the life sciences and electrical engineering sides. Whether litigating high-stakes cases, prosecuting patents or counselling, their enthusiasm for technology is plainly evident; as are their industry nous and business understanding. Fully committed to clients, they are also firmly plugged into technology-sector economic development initiatives in Oregon and the wider region. Dedication and passion are traits that allow Steven Prewitt to thrive as a precision prosecutor with a refined appreciation of the business value of strong patents and well-formed portfolios. Cut from similar cloth, Justin Brask also prosecutes with poise; the former Intel researcher has many patents to his name – into the triple digits – and understands the inventive process on a different level. Nika Aldrich and Scott Eads anchor the contentious practice and have been working together for Columbia Sportswear North America in a first-of-its-kind civil liability case against competitors that engaged in fraudulent conduct in pursuing invalidation proceedings under the America Invents Act against its patents. Both Aldrich and Eads have buckets of first-chair trial experience, which inspires confidence.

Stoel Rives LLP

The patent prosecutors at Stoel Rives focus on supporting and realising clients’ business objectives, benefiting from the full-service commercial environment in which they operate. Their technical chops are also impressive: collectively, they cover multiple branches of science and engineering, affording broad coverage to the firm’s technology patrons. Robert Teel and Kassim Ferris are the key contacts for those seeking to procure patents and build broader IP strategies around them. Teel is a quick study when it comes to complex software, electrical circuitry and optoelectronics innovations. Ferris doubles up as an international trade regulation and IP lawyer, giving him a unique profile. Steven Lovett is the top patent litigator on the roster and a former IP and technology group chair who continues to bring strong leadership to the team.

Other recommended experts

Through her engagement in all aspects of patent practice, Brenna Legaard sees the whole playing field for clients and provides hugely valuable strategic advice as a result. She recently made the switch from Schwabe to K&L Gates. Julie Reed demonstrates impressive range as a patent practitioner, in terms of both the industries and technologies that she is comfortable with and the services she provides. The Miller Nash partner has a keen appreciation of how best to use patents in a business context.

Individuals

  • Nika Aldrich - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Mark Alleman - Alleman Hall Creasman & Tuttle
  • Justin Brask - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • J Christopher Carraway - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Kristin Cleveland - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Jason Creasman - Alleman Hall Creasman & Tuttle
  • Scott E Davis - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Scott Eads - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Kassim M Ferris - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Brenna K Legaard - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Jeffrey S Love - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Steven T Lovett - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Andrew M Mason - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Steven Prewitt - Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
  • Julie L Reed - Miller Nash LLP
  • Kyle Rinehart - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Sheree Rybak - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Gregory Scott - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Robert Scotti - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Robert Teel - Stoel Rives LLP
  • John D Vandenberg - Klarquist Sparkman LLP