Robert C. Cumbow - Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Robert C. Cumbow

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001
Phone: 206-624-8300

Bob counsels on intellectual property, advertising, publishing, and Internet issues. His practice includes issues relating to trademark search, clearance, prosecution, and policing; copyright and publicity right clearance; licenses, assignments, contracts, releases, and publishing agreements; alcoholic beverage labeling, licensing, advertising, and regulatory compliance; communications and media law; intellectual property litigation; domain name disputes; advertising compliance; contests and sweepstakes; and website audits, terms and condition statements, and privacy policies.

His clients have included wineries; beverage and specialty food companies; telecommunication and wireless companies; news and entertainment media; computer hardware and software companies; video and board game developers; advertising agencies; a major league baseball team; artists, arts organizations, independent film makers, playwrights, authors, and musicians; and major international retailers, manufacturers, and distributors of books, appliances, clothing, pharmaceuticals, and food products.

Additional Information

Admitted to Practice — Washington

United States District Court:  District of Western Washington

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers in America, 2004-present; Lawyer of the Year (Trademark), Seattle, 2014

Rated 10 (“Superb”) by Avvo lawyer rating service, 2007-present

Voted a Washington State Super Lawyer, 2003-present

Chambers Best Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2011

Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award, Seattle University Law School, August 2008

Honored by Seattle University Law School Intellectual Property Law Society, 2006

Member, IP Inn of Court, Seattle, 2009-present

“Best of CLE” Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, 2003 and 2004

Graham & Dunn Open Door Award, 2002, 2006, and 2010 for accessibility and assistance to the firm’s junior lawyers

Honored by Washington Lawyers for the Arts, “Brio” Award, 2006

EXPERT WITNESS EXPERIENCE — Expert Witness testimony regarding value and management of trademark assets, Nye v. Hughes (Arbitration, King County Superior Court, Washington, 2009)

Expert Witness testimony regarding applicability of Washington State law to resolution of software licensing dispute, Attachmate v. Centraal Justitieel Incassobureau (Netherlands, 2011-12)

Expert Witness testimony regarding applicability of Washington State law to resolution of software licensing dispute, Attachmate Corporation v. Australian Department of Defence (Australia, 2013-)

Seattle UniversityBA 1967Seattle UniversitySeattle University School of LawJ.D. 1991

Case History

Practice Highlights

Initial trademark registration and pre-IPO intellectual property audit for Amazon.com, 1994

Trademark, character licensing, and art selection for Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners, 1995-99

Advertising, promotion and pricing advice to REI, 1995-present

Initial trademark and copyright protection for popular board game Cranium, 1997-98

Major corporate clients have included ShareBuilder Corp., F5 Networks, and Fisher Broadcasting, 1999-present

PACCAR Inc v. Telescan (E.D. Mich. and 6th Cir. 2000), enjoining use of client’s trademarks in defendant’s domain names (case won at district and appellate level)

Hama Hama Co. v. Gold Coast Oyster (W.D. Wash. 2004), defending client’s use of the phrase “Hama Hama” as descriptive of a variety and geographic origin of oysters (case settled)

Intellectual property and contract advice for captain of fishing vessel featured on “Deadliest Catch”, 2006-present

Overcame objections to achieve registration for trade dress in beverage bottle design, 2012

Overcame objections to achieve registration for three trademarks for brewery client on 48 hours’ notice, 2012

Office Location

2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121-1128
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Information Technology Law of the Seattle Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Trademark Law of the Seattle Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Information Technology Law of the Seattle Metro Area
Robert C. Cumbow has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Robert C. Cumbow has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Robert C. Cumbow has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Information Technology Law
Trademark Law

Other Information

Gender: Male