Joint WSPLA-Seattle IP Inn of Court Meeting

Registration for this event is closed. 


Time: A social mixer will begin at 5:30 PM in the lounge, followed by dinner at 6:15 PM, and a one-hour CLE presentation at 6:50 PM.


Location: The University of Washington Club, 4020 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195


Deadline: Registration closes on February 14, 2019.


Topic: Representation Versus Creation: Where is the Line, and Who Owns What?


What problems arise where patent attorneys become inventors themselves? What about when trademark counsel helps create a brand for his/her client, or when lawyers accept interests in IP rights?


Please join us for a one-hour program discussing the ethics implications and potential conflicts when lawyers’ representation of clients and scopes of duties intersect with IP. Our dynamic panel will provide an overview of these topics, address the intricacies of these issues, and talk about how to spot and handle potential problems before they arise. The program will include discussion of the following:


  1. Patent attorneys as inventors
  2. Trademark attorneys as mark creators
  3. Litigators’ acceptance of ownership as part of their fee
  4. Panel discussion regarding general ethical concerns when attorneys contribute to clients’ IP
  5. Q & A for the panel




James Barker, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

James Barker is a patent attorney with Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton, specializing in patent prosecution and advising. James works with both large and small companies to identify patentable technologies, prepare and prosecute applications, and develop patent portfolios both domestically and abroad. James has experience prosecuting patent applications in a broad set of industries including AR and VR technology, acoustic and speech-recognition devices, aerospace structures, robotics, fluid mechanics, games, logistics, sporting equipment, brewery, materials engineering, as well as various medical and mechanical devices. James has an engineering background in fluid mechanics, energy, and renewable energy systems.


Ben Byer, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Ben Byer’s practice focuses on helping clients when technology intersects litigation. This often involves patent infringement claims and cybersecurity, including biometric privacy, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and related trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement claims. He litigates before trial and appellate courts nationwide, representing clients in disputes involving cellphone hardware, cellular communication standards, tablets, image processing, payment systems, e-commerce, internet-based customer service, search engine ranking algorithms, photogrammetry, electro-optical systems, internet chat, speech recognition, laser devices, control systems, and automotive products. Ben has a diverse technical background that includes electrical engineering, computer architecture, and atomic physics research.


Harold Federow, Port of Seattle

Harold Federow is a technology and IP lawyer. He is currently Contract Vendor and IP Manager for the Information and Communications Technology Department of the Port of Seattle where he functions as counsel to the department, being responsible for all IP and licensing matters, as well as computer security and privacy issues. Prior to joining the Port, he was General Counsel at Talyst, Inc., a maker of software and hardware to enable hospital pharmacies to improve their inventory control over medications and to better ensure accuracy of medication delivery. Among other things, he oversaw a $300,000 patent budget. Prior to Talyst, he was Legal Counsel at Bsquare Corporation, a software consulting firm. At Bsquare he negotiated technology licenses and associated contracts, including negotiating with companies located in every continent except Africa. He also helped take the company public.


Doug Stewart, Bracewell LLP

A registered patent attorney, Doug’s practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property and technology litigation and counseling, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and domain names. He litigates patent and other intellectual property disputes in courts throughout the United States, including key patent jurisdictions such as the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the Northern and Central Districts of California, with a particular emphasis on assisting international technology companies with U.S. issues. Doug also represents companies in Section 337 actions before the International Trade Commission, appeals to the Federal Circuit, and contested administrative proceedings before the PTAB, including IPR and CBM petitions, and the TTAB, including opposition proceedings. In addition, Doug represents and advises clients in connection with non-litigated IP issues, including licensing and IP strategy; patent portfolio and prosecution management; technology agreements; patent royalty audits; and related diligence issues.