October 2022 Meeting with the Michel IP Inn of Court

On October 18, 2022, the Michel IP Inn of Court and Seattle IP Inn of Court hosted a joint Inn meeting. The meeting focused on best practices for claim construction oral advocacy, and gave junior members a unique opportunity: a simulated appellate oral argument before the Hon. Richard Linn, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Hon. James Robart, District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

The meeting used an advanced Zoom setup, provided graciously by TSG Reporting, allowing participants to connect from Seattle, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. Jerry Riedinger (co-founder of the Seattle IP Inn of Court) opened with an excellent presentation on claim construction argument best practices and pointers.  Judge Linn and Judge Robart then presided over a moot appellate argument in the fictitious matter of Texas Patentee v. Big Tech Mobile Device Co. Two junior attorneys from each Inn argued challenging claim construction issues (patterned after difficult real world issues), with the Michel IP Inn representing Texas Patentee and the Seattle IP Inn of Court representing Big Tech Mobile Device Co. The meeting was highly successful, with more than 75 members attending. The Inns wish to thank all involved for their time and effort, including the Hon. Michael R. Wilner, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California, who could not participate due to a last minute conflict.

September 2022 – Seattle Inn of Court Back in Full Swing!

On September 15, 2022, the Seattle IP Inn of Court held its first regular monthly meeting of the 2022-2023 Inn Year. The meeting was the Inn’s first in-person regular meeting since approximately January of 2020. Members got the chance to make new connections and rekindle old ones, while taking in an end of summer sunset; and pupilage teams also got the chance to meet and conduct in-person planning for their presentations this year. All in all, the meeting was a success and a great start to this Inn Year!

2022-23 Welcome Letter and Meetings Schedule

Please click the link below for the 2022 – 2023 Welcome Letter from President Kevin Zeck, which includes the tentative schedule of meetings for this year.

Welcome Letter – https://b8i176.a2cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/2022-08-26-Welcome-Letter-Inn-Year-2022-2023.pdf

June 16, 2022 Year End Social & Platinum Status

The Seattle Intellectual Property American Inn of Court has been awarded the Achieving Excellence Platinum designation for the 2021-2022 Inn year. We also celebrated another wonderful year of meetings by finally hosting an in-person year-end social aboard a boat cruise around the Puget Sound!


May 19, 2022 – Failure to Function or Failure of Logic: Practical Suggestions for Overcoming TTAB Refusals

This month’s presentation was “Failure to Function or Failure of Logic: Practical Suggestions for Overcoming Refusals,” with special guest lecturer John Sommer, General Counsel for Stussy, Inc. Mr. Sommer discussed some of his prior cases with the USPTO’s TTAB and discussed various current trends with Trademark law.

April 28, 2022 Meeting- Zoom Trials: Presentation and Pointers

This Month, the presenting group provided mock direct and cross-examinations, various tips and tricks, and the Inn heard from a special guest lecturer, Hon. Matthew Williams, King County Superior Court; offering his insights into online trials.

Mass Incarceration – A Three Inns of Court Joint Meeting

On March 21, 2022, together with the Dwyer and Bryan Inns of Court, the Seattle Inn of Court hosted a joint meeting on Mass Incarceration with presenters Larry Jefferson and David Trieweiler. Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Trieweiler held an excellent presentation on the macro and micro effects of Mass Incarceration in America broadly and in Washington State.

February 2022 Meeting: Ethical Considerations for In-House & Outside Counsel

On February 17, 2022, the Inn hosted an Ethics presentation related to various issues concerning both In-House & Outside Counsel! The presentation is outlined below.

Please Welcome the 2021-2022 Executive Committee Members

President – Duncan Macfarlane 

President-Elect – Kevin A. Zeck 

Secretary – Lori Tonnes 

Treasurer – Caroline Bercier 

Membership Chair – Dario Machleidt 

Program Chair – Charlie Zhao 

Achieving Excellence – Xiang “Shawn” Li 

Director (Website) – Catherine “Katie” Sutton 

Director (At Large) – Stephen McGrath 

Director (At Large) – Bill Harmon 

Director (At Large) – Jessica Kaempf 

Director (At Large) – Nicholas Kim

Executive Committee Membership Announcement

Please join us in thanking the outgoing Executive Committee Members!

2020-2021 Executive Committee Members

President – Gina Culbert

President Elect – Duncan Macfarlane

Secretary – Kevin A. Zeck

Treasurer – Lori Tonnes

Membership Chair – Dario Machleidt

Program Chair – Kristen Lange

Achieving Excellence and Inn Alliance Liaison – Caroline Bercier

Director (Website) – Catherine Sutton

Director (At Large) – Shannon Jost

Director (At Large) – Stephen McGrath

Director (At Large) – Bill Harmon

Director (At Large) – Charlie Zhao

[Ex Officio Directors e.g. former Presidents – Paul Leuzzi, Jerry A. Riedinger, Lawrence D. Graham, Isabella Fu, Brooke A.M. Taylor, Brian C. Park, Signe Naeve, Mark P. Walters, John D. Vandenberg, Warren Rheaume, Jonathan L. McFarland, Ben Byer]