10th Anniversary Black Tie Event! – June 20, 2019

The Seattle IP Inn of Court celebrated its 10th anniversary with a Black Tie Optional reception and dinner honoring one of the Inn’s founding members, the Hon. James P. Donohue, Retiring Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Magistrate Judge Donohue is well known for his many contributions to the Puget Sound community and his service on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics of Washington. Thank you for your many years of dedicated service, Magistrate Judge Donohue!

The Seattle IP Inn of Court thanked outgoing Inn President Jonathan McFarland for his leadership during the past year. Thank you, Jonathan!

IP Law and Fashion: A Fractured Collaboration – May 9, 2019

Group 7 presented “IP Law and Fashion: A Fractured Collaboration.” Thank you, Group 7, for an engaging examination of the myriad and creative IP law arguments devised to protect fashion.

Key Statistics Revealing Trends in IP: A tour of IP law in numbers – April 18, 2019

Group 6 created a competition as part of its presentation of Key Statistics Revealing Trends in IP: A tour of IP law in numbers. The presenters engaged the audience by discussing various IP law statistics and asking the audience multiple choice questions about the statistics. The prizes ranged from small, lower quality chocolate prizes to bigger, higher quality chocolate prizes. Thank you, Group 6, for making statistics entertaining!

IP Jeopardy! – March 21, 2019

Group 5 presented IP Jeopardy! Group 5 handed out prizes of Fran’s chocolate for the top placing tables. The game was lively and entertaining! Thank you, Group 5!

Representation Versus Creation: Where is the Line, and Who Owns What? – February 21, 2019

The Seattle IP Inn of Court hosted and welcomed the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA) to the meeting. Group 4 assembled a panel to discuss the ethics implications and potential conflicts when lawyers’ representation of clients and scopes of duties intersect with IP.


  • James Barker, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Ben Byer, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Harold Federow, Port of Seattle
  • Doug Stewart, Bracewell LLP

The program included discussion of the following topics:

  1. Patent attorneys as inventors
  2. Trademark attorneys as mark creators
  3. Litigators’ acceptance of ownership as part of their fee
  4. Panel discussion regarding general ethical concerns when attorneys contribute to clients’ IP
  5. Q & A for the panel

Thank you for your ethics presentation, Group 4! Thank you for attending, WSPLA members!

A Review of Key Patent Law Developments in 2018 – January 17, 2019

Group 3 gave a panel presentation entitled “A Review of Key Patent Law Developments in 2018.” Thank you for your presentation, Group 3!

SCOTUS Oral Argument Reenactment – November 15, 2018

Group 2 reenacted portions of the U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in the WesternGeco LLC, v. Ion Geophysical Corporation, No. 16-1011, 585 U.S. ___ (2018) patent case. Oral argument occurred on April 16, 2018 and the Court issued its decision on June 22, 2018. Thank you to Group 2 for a lively and entertaining presentation!

Puget Sound Area Inns of Court Joint Meeting – October 16, 2018

The Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court hosted the William L. Dwyer Inn of Court and the Seattle IP Inn of Court for the annual joint meeting of the Puget Sound area Inns. The presentation was the one and only showing of “Interesting Times,” a tale of lawyer life at its grittiest, with a musical twist. Thank you to the Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court for hosting!

Trends in Enforceability of License Terms – September 20, 2018

The Seattle IP Inn of Court welcomed new and current members to the first meeting of the 2018 – 2019 season. The new members participated in a New Member Orientation. Group 1 presented “Trends in Enforceability of License Terms,” a combination skit, issues discussion and case law discussion. Thank you for your presentation, Group 1! Welcome to the Seattle IP Inn of Court, new members!

Year End Party! – June 21, 2018

The Seattle IP Inn of Court enjoyed wonderful weather and a beautiful view of Elliott Bay at its year end party. Former President Mark P. Walters expressed our appreciation to outgoing President Warren Rheaume for his service to the Inn. Thank you to the Inn’s members for their participation and contributions during the 2017 – 2018 year!