Atkins Intellectual Property practices a different kind of law. We focus on intellectual property, litigation, and intellectual property litigation. But we’re different for another reason. We’re small by design. Our smart size enables us to be nimble, responsive, personable, and efficient. We’re practical problem-solvers and thrive on client service. We even make house calls.
Mike Atkins formed Atkins IP after more than ten happy years at the 50-attorney law firm of Graham & Dunn (now Miller Nash Graham & Dunn), where he was a partner.
Atkins IP delivers sophisticated legal advice to clients who need help solving business problems. We pride ourselves in the value we provide.
Contact us if you need an experienced intellectual property lawyer to join your team — temporarily to tackle an immediate problem, or to provide strategic advice over the long haul. It doesn’t matter if you face a big challenge or a small one. We’ll give you the attention and respect you deserve.
Analyzing "Force Majeure" Clauses in Light of the Coronavirus Crisis
A “force majeure” clause in a trademark license agreement or other contract accounts for “acts of God.” It can relieve a party from having to perform under the agreement when an unforeseeable event, like a natural disaster, prevents it from doing so. Whether and to what extent particular contract language applies to a given situation can be a tricky call.
Our friends at Perkins Coie offer a timely analysis of force majeure provisions in the context of the coronavirus crisis. It’s a good means to determine where you (or a contracting party) might stand given the current state of the world.
The place to start in interpreting any contract is with the contract itself. Usually, words are given their ordinary meanings. Therefore, the more force majeure language seems to apply to the coronavirus, the more likely it will control. ...
Avvo “Superb” rating
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University of Washington School of Law
Nine years of teaching trademark law
Litigation Counsel of America “Senior Fellow”
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Super Lawyers Magazine “Super Lawyer”
Less than 5% of Washington attorneys are recognized
Seattle IP Inn of Court “Master”
Invitation-only association dedicated to fostering professionalism in IP litigation
World Trademark Review
“One of the finest sole practitioners”
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