Best Lawyers for Patent Law in Seattle, Washington

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  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Information Technology Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law Copyright Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Patent Law Information Technology Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Trademark Law Arbitration Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Information Technology Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law CleanTech Law
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Tim John Billick

TBillick Law
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Information Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Trade Secrets Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Technology Law Patent Law Information Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Litigation - Patent Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Mediation Information Technology Law Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
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  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Information Technology Law Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
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  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1991
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Litigation - Patent Appellate Practice Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Finance Law Employment Law - Management Patent Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Trade Secrets Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
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  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Technology Law Patent Law Food and Beverage Law Copyright Law Trademark Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Patent Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Copyright Law Information Technology Law Litigation - Patent Technology Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Litigation - Patent Trademark Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trademark Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Copyright Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Litigation - Patent Technology Law Trademark Law Information Technology Law Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
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  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law
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  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Litigation - Patent Patent Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Intellectual Property Law
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  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
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  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Copyright Law Intellectual Property Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Trademark Law
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  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Law Patent Law
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  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Law
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  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Elder Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Intellectual Property Law
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  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law Intellectual Property Law Litigation - Intellectual Property

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Patent Law Definition

A patent is a contract between an inventor and the government. The inventor provides a complete description of the invention to the public in an application for patent. This benefits the public by providing knowledge of the invention for use as a foundation for additional innovation. In return, if the invention is new (as compared to everything known to the public prior to the invention), a patent is issued. This patent gives the inventor a right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented invention throughout the United States, and from importing the invention into the United States, for the life of the patent, usually 20 years from filing. 

Grant of a patent does NOT itself give an inventor a right to exploit the patented invention – it only gives the inventor a right to exclude others from practicing the invention. For example, if an inventor makes an improvement to a previously patented machine, and gets a patent, the inventor can prevent the owner of the original patent from using the improvement. However, the inventor may not be able to exploit the improvement itself, at least until the original patent expires, because such exploitation might infringe that original patent. 

Title 35 of the United States Code (the “Patent Statutes”) set forth the standards and procedures for obtaining patents. Patents are granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce. 

The following items are patentable under these statutes:

  • Processes: new methods of doing something
  • Machines: engines, machinery, instruments, gadgets, etc.
  • Articles of manufacture: circuits, tools, structures made of metal, plastics, ceramics, etc.
  • Compositions of matter: new pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds, naturally occurring substances when substantially purified, DNA sequences, biological materials, e.g. bacteria, viruses, proteins and protein fragments, monoclonal antibodies, epitopes, and vectors.
  • Improvements in any of the above
  • Living organisms: genetically altered plants and animals.
  • Computer programs: alone and in conjunction with other equipment.
  • Business methods: methods for doing business, but not those solely directed to patenting abstract ideas.
  • Designs: ornamental aspects of articles of manufacture.
  • Non-patentable items include: nebulous concepts or ideas, laws of nature (e.g., gravity), mathematical algorithms alone (but computer-implemented mathematical algorithms producing a concrete, useful, and tangible result are patentable subject matter), and purely mental processes.

A key element to effective patent protection is writing patent claims that define the invention as broadly as possible, but without overlapping prior art that could make the patent invalid. This is generally best done by someone with skill and experience in patent practice, so consulting with a patent attorney is a wise choice.

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A patent is a contract between an inventor and the government. The inventor provides a complete description of the invention to the public in an application for patent. This benefits the public by providing knowledge of the invention for use as a foundation for additional innovation. In return, if the invention is new (as compared to everything known to the public prior to the invention), a patent is issued. This patent gives the inventor a right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented invention throughout the United States, and from importing the invention into the United States, for the life of the patent, usually 20 years from filing. 

Grant of a patent does NOT itself give an inventor a right to exploit the patented invention – it only gives the inventor a right to exclude others from practicing the invention. For example, if an inventor makes an improvement to a previously patented machine, and gets a patent, the inventor can prevent the owner of the original patent from using the improvement. However, the inventor may not be able to exploit the improvement itself, at least until the original patent expires, because such exploitation might infringe that original patent. 

Title 35 of the United States Code (the “Patent Statutes”) set forth the standards and procedures for obtaining patents. Patents are granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce. 

The following items are patentable under these statutes:

  • Processes: new methods of doing something
  • Machines: engines, machinery, instruments, gadgets, etc.
  • Articles of manufacture: circuits, tools, structures made of metal, plastics, ceramics, etc.
  • Compositions of matter: new pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds, naturally occurring substances when substantially purified, DNA sequences, biological materials, e.g. bacteria, viruses, proteins and protein fragments, monoclonal antibodies, epitopes, and vectors.
  • Improvements in any of the above
  • Living organisms: genetically altered plants and animals.
  • Computer programs: alone and in conjunction with other equipment.
  • Business methods: methods for doing business, but not those solely directed to patenting abstract ideas.
  • Designs: ornamental aspects of articles of manufacture.
  • Non-patentable items include: nebulous concepts or ideas, laws of nature (e.g., gravity), mathematical algorithms alone (but computer-implemented mathematical algorithms producing a concrete, useful, and tangible result are patentable subject matter), and purely mental processes.

A key element to effective patent protection is writing patent claims that define the invention as broadly as possible, but without overlapping prior art that could make the patent invalid. This is generally best done by someone with skill and experience in patent practice, so consulting with a patent attorney is a wise choice.