Sam has expertise in U.S. and international patent matters pertaining to life science, chemical, and medical device technologies. Before joining Seed IP, Sam was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP (2006-2014) and served as senior intellectual property counsel at NPS Pharmaceuticals in Salt Lake City, Utah (2004-2006), as a patent attorney at Johnson & Johnson/ALZA Corp. in Mountain View, California (2001-2004), and as a patent agent and associate patent attorney at Task Britt in Salt Lake City (1998-2001).
As in-house and outside counsel, Sam has represented clients ranging from multi-national, publicly traded companies to emerging start-ups. He has developed global patent portfolios pertaining to business critical technologies at every stage of development, and his practice includes procurement of U.S. and international patents, patent portfolio management, analysis of patent infringement and validity, due diligence evaluations and support, and strategic counseling with respect to the patent-related aspects of product life cycle management. Beyond counseling clients in matters relating to patent procurement and analysis, Sam assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of license, technology development, and collaboration agreements.
Sam is admitted to practice in the states of Washington and Utah, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), and the Government Affairs Council of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA). Since 2009, Sam has served as a part-time lecturer at University of Washington School of Law, where he teaches “IP Appellate Advocacy.”