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Trevor M. Gates

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.

Trevor 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.

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

Trevor 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)
  • Board of Directors, University of Oregon School of Law Alumni Association
  • Intellectual Property Section, Washington State Bar Association
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • 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)
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