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Trevor M. Gates

Fax +1.206.623.7022
Trevor Gates is a registered patent attorney in the firm’s Seattle office who helps clients protect and commercialize their technology and intellectual property assets. His practice concentrates on drafting and negotiating commercial agreements involving technology, intellectual property, media, sports, and entertainment.

Mr. Gates regularly counsels companies from startups to Fortune 500 corporations on using technology and protecting intellectual property assets, including the acquisition, development, marketing, licensing, and distribution of software, mobile applications, and other types of technology and media. He also advises on intellectual property matters in connection with mergers and acquisitions and assists companies with solving privacy and data security concerns. He has particular experience assisting with intellectual property matters involving software or pharmaceutical drugs, including patent litigation arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Mr. Gates also represents clients with drafting and negotiating sports and entertainment transactions, including celebrity and athlete endorsement agreements, sponsorship agreements, and media rights agreements.

Professional Background

Mr. Gates was a summer associate at K&L Gates in 2014. Prior to joining K&L Gates, he served as a graduate fellow for the University of Oregon technology transfer office where he worked with Oregon RAIN, a regional business accelerator, to provide strategic corporate and intellectual property work for emerging companies. He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Oregon.


  • Nancy Farmer Distinguished Service Award, Oregon Law Review (2015)
  • Maxine Lee Award for Editorial Excellence, Oregon Law Review (2014)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, University of Oregon School of Law Alumni Association
  • Intellectual Property Section, Washington State Bar Association

Additional Information

  • Author, “Non-Conventional Copyright,” Copyright Protection for Modern Comedic Material, 2018
  • Co-author, “Copyright Law of China,” IP Protection in China, American Bar Association (2015)
  • “Providing Adequate Protection for Comedians’ Intellectual Creations: Examining Intellectual Property Norms and ‘Negative Spaces’,” Oregon Law Review (2015)
  • Representing provider of cloud computing services with drafting and negotiating various agreements, including master service, reseller, consulting, non-disclosure, and intellectual property license agreements, including inbound and outbound patent, copyright, and trademark licenses
  • Representing provider of mobile mapping technologies for outdoor activities with drafting agreements governing the development, use, and endorsement of its products
  • Representing national kitchen and cooking supply retailer with drafting and negotiating media rights agreements and master agreements for the use of software and other technology
  • Representing international producer and distributor of textiles and outdoor gear with structuring and drafting a retail store license and supply agreement
  • Representing molecular diagnostics company with an endorsement agreement with a professional golfer
  • Representing client with a film investment agreement with a producer
  • Representing a group holding a minority interest in a Major League Soccer franchise with various commercial agreements and corporate law matters
  • Representing a Major League Soccer franchise with negotiating a complex sponsorship and promotional agreement with a metropolitan transportation authority
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company with patent infringement cases
  • Representing a global financial services company with its investment in a provider that facilitates the digitization of sales for the insurance industry by advising on intellectual property matters
  • Representing a network infrastructure provider with drafting agreements governing its provision of internet services
  • Representing a national bank with its investment in a provider of technology solutions for the financial industry by advising on intellectual property matters
  • Representing a national cosmetics company with data security and privacy matters