Klarquist Sparkman LLP

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A pre-eminent patent service provider in the Pacific Northwest, with a towering reputation nationally and globally, Klarquist Sparkman is an incredibly impressive boutique. Many industry-leading innovative companies have stuck with the outfit for decades, which speaks to the quality of an offering that encompasses all aspects of patent practice. Not one to stand still – or progress slowly, for that matter – the ensemble’s recent developments include partner promotions; the addition of more than a dozen new associates; the hire of its first post-doctoral fellow in Luke Johnson; an intensification of focus and commitment to improving diversity internally and in the wider legal professional; and the continuation of its Patent Defenses website – one of the best patent litigation research tools out there. With six representatives on the prosecution rankings and eight on the litigation side – among 13 unique individuals – Klarquist is well represented in the IAM Patent 1000. On the non-contentious side, the names to know are Sheree Rybak, Gregory Scott, Mark Wilson, Michael Girard, Kyle Rinehart and Robert Scotti. Both PhDs, Rybak and Scott are at the forefront of the dynamic life sciences practice. Their work is essential to the National Institutes of Health, which has instructed the adviser over a 25-year period to date. The others form the backbone of a cutting-edge electrical, software and computer technologies practice group, relied on to secure critical protection for patrons’ most valuable innovations. Turning to litigation, one name stands out above all others – not just at the firm but in the wider market – and that’s John Vandenberg. He is lauded as “one of the most knowledgeable patent practitioners you could ever encounter” and as someone with vast trial and appellate experience who “gets the best business results as efficiently and quickly as possible”. There are many others to rely on when the chips are down though, including Jeffrey Love, Scott Davis, Kristin Cleveland, Christopher Carraway, Andrew Mason and Todd Siegel – all of whom are thorough and tactically astute in their preparation and persuasive in their advocacy. Love comes from a commercial trial background and maintains a business focus from start to finish of a case. Davis is recommended as “knowledgeable, responsive and someone who always puts clients’ interests first”. Cleveland, who undertakes extensive work for Mentor Graphics (which was recently acquired by Siemens), is hailed as a “rigorous lawyer who is great at framing arguments and implementing strategies”. Carraway has a sophisticated understanding of the software and computer technology space and has recently had two wins for SAP America affirmed at the Federal Circuit. Mason and Siegel put on a clinic in post-grant proceedings.

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