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K&L Gates Enhances Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with Seattle Group Hire

13 September 2016
Seattle - The Seattle office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP welcomes partners Pam Kohli Jacobson and Mary E. Atkinson and associate Ryan W. Edmondson to the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice. The group joins K&L Gates from Betts, Patterson & Mines, P.S., where Jacobson headed the intellectual property group.

With a broad intellectual property practice that encompasses both litigation and portfolio management, Jacobson successfully litigates patent, trademark, trade secret, and other intellectual property disputes throughout the United States and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She also manages the patent, trademark, and copyright portfolios for some of the Pacific Northwest’s leading companies and academic institutions, and counsels these organizations on a wide variety of intellectual property issues, including the drafting and negotiation of intellectual property agreements. She has a technical background in computational chemistry and molecular biology, and teaches intellectual property law at the University of Washington School of Law and its Center for Advanced Study & Research on Innovation Policy.

Atkinson also advises clients on a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent preparation and prosecution, infringement and validity opinions, and technology licensing agreements, with a particular focus in the chemical and biotechnology sectors. Formerly a research scientist in genetics and molecular biology as well as an in-house counsel for a publicly traded biotech company, Atkinson counsels life sciences clients in the areas of pre-clinical and clinical drug development, including drafting and negotiating a variety of clinical trial agreements, such as research collaboration agreements with universities, contract research organizations, and other institutions; manufacturing and supply agreements; material transfer agreements; and indemnification agreements.

Edmondson concentrates on advising clients on patent infringement, trademark, and trade secret matters across many industries. He has litigated intellectual property disputes throughout the United States and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

“We are delighted to welcome Pam, Mary, and Ryan to K&L Gates,” said Pallavi Mehta Wahi, administrative partner of K&L Gates’ Seattle office. “Their collective blend of technical, in-house, and deep private practice experience will be a perfect fit for clients served through both our Seattle office and around the world.”

K&L Gates’ intellectual property litigation practice serves clients around the world, protecting critical fundamental client assets, iconic brands, and proprietary information, as well as emerging technologies such as novel drug therapies and cloud services. With litigators on four continents devoted to patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation, the group handles every scale of dispute, from large, complex multi-jurisdiction matters and bet-your-company confrontations between industry leaders, to litigation involving non-practicing entities, to modest license dispute and piracy matters. 

K&L Gates comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. 
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