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Mary Atkinson

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Mary Atkinson is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office and a registered patent attorney. She focuses her practice on assisting and counseling clients in obtaining, protecting, and leveraging intellectual property in the chemical and biotechnology arts. Her technical experience includes 10 years as a research scientist at the University of Washington in the areas of genetics and molecular biology. In addition to patent preparation and prosecution, Ms. Atkinson assists clients in intellectual property due diligence, technology licensing agreements, infringement, validity, and freedom-to-practice opinions.

Ms. Atkinson also provides legal advice and support to life sciences clients in the areas of pre-clinical and clinical drug development. She has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements associated with the conduct of clinical trials worldwide, such as research collaboration agreements with universities, manufacturing and supply agreements, material transfer agreements, clinical trial agreements with contract research organizations and institutions, indemnification agreements, and informed patient consent.

Professional Background

Ms. Atkinson served as general and patent counsel for a publicly traded pharmaceutical company developing small molecule cancer drugs, where she managed its global patent and trademark portfolio; assisted in negotiating and drafting of patent license and co-development agreements; and drafted/reviewed all clinical trial contracts for a phase III trial at multiple sites around the world. In addition to her in-house role, Ms. Atkinson has also worked at an intellectual property boutique law firm and general practice firm in Seattle, focusing on patent drafting and prosecution, landscape analyses, freedom-to-operate opinion work, and licensing and clinical trial agreements.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Washington State Patent Law Association

Additional Information

  • Research Scientist, University of Washington, Department of Pathology, 1989 to 1999
  • “Patent Protection For Pharmaceuticals: A Comparative Study of the Law in the United States and Canada,” 11 Pac. Rim. L. & Pol’y 181, 2002
  • Patent prosecution in the areas of small molecules and biologics 
  • Patent prosecution for a large publicly traded company in the forest industry
  • Patent prosecution for a large nutraceutical company
  • Patent prosecution for a large non-profit global health organization
  • Represented licensor in multi-million dollar patent license and co-development agreement in pharma space
  • Represented drug development companies in drafting and negotiating agreements associated with world-wide clinical trials