Atkins IP - Intellectual Property Law Firm
Trademark Law - Trade Dress - Intellectual Property Law - Atkins Intellectual Property, PLLC

PRACTICE FOCUS

Before forming Atkins Intellectual Property, Mike was an associate and partner for more than ten years at the 50-attorney Seattle law firm of Graham & Dunn, where he served as chair of the firm's Business Department, among other leadership positions. Mike has been lead counsel in a number of high-stakes disputes in his 20-year career, including a week-long trial in which the court awarded his client damages and attorney's fees, and a four-year proceeding in which the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board awarded his client trademark registrations over the objections of a multi-national corporation. He also has spent a great deal of time prosecuting trademark registrations and representing clients in transactions involving intellectual property. When not writing, speaking, or teaching about IP issues, Mike likes to run, ski, travel, study Spanish, and listen to loud music.


EDUCATION

J.D., University of Minnesota, 1996
B.A., St. John's University, 1991

ADMISSIONS

  • Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

AWARDS

  • Avvo, Inc., "Superb," "10.0" attorney rating

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

  • 2014-17 World Trademark Review 1000, "Recommended Expert"

  • 2010-16 Super Lawyers Magazine, "Super Lawyer"

  • 2009-10 UW School of Law, "Outstanding Service Award, Part-Time Lecturer"

  • 2008 Washington CEO Magazine, "Top Intellectual Property Lawyer"

  • 2005-09 Washington Law & Politics, "Rising Star"

  • 2004, Washington State Bar Association, "Random Acts of Professionalism"

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Washington State Bar Association

    (IP and Litigation sections)

  • King County Bar Association

    (IP and Litigation sections)

  • International Trademark Association

  • Master and Former Board Member, Seattle IP Inn of Court

  • Former Board Member, Feet First: Puget Sound Pedestrian Advocacy

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Presenter, "Smart IP Abroad," Conferencia sobre Escenarios Comerciales entre Mexico y China, Confederación de Cámaras Industriales de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos (Mexico City, Mexico, June 5, 2017)

  • Presenter, "#TalkingIP: Optimizing Publishing Opportunities and Digital Platforms," International Trademark Association (Barcelona, Spain, May 21, 2017)

  • Presenter, "Intellectual Property Protections," New Lawyer Education Intellectual Property Seminar, Washington State Bar Association (Seattle, March 22, 2016)

  • Presenter, "Doctrine of Well-Known Trademarks in the United States," King County Bar Association IP Law Section (Seattle, March 3, 2016)

  • Lecturer, "Advanced Trademark Law" (with Professor Toshiko Takenaka), University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Winter 2016)

  • Presenter, "Cannabis in Washington State: Intellectual Property Issues," The Seminar Group (Seattle, July 30, 2015)

    • Presenter, "Hot Topics in U.S. Trademark Litigation," 2015 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Seattle, July 21, 2015)

    • Presenter, "Introduction to U.S. Trademark Law," 2015 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Seattle, July 17, 2015)

    • Presenter, "Look and Feel Trademark Protection in the United States," Transnational IP Seminar, Center for International Intellectual Property Studies, University of Strasbourg (Strasbourg, France, March 23, 2015)

    • Lecturer, "Advanced Trademark Law" (with Professor Toshiko Takenaka), University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Winter 2015)

    • Presenter, "Marijuana Trademarks and the PTO," Seattle IP Inn of Court (Seattle, September 18, 2014)

    • Presenter, "Hot Topics in U.S. Trademark Litigation," 2014 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Seattle, July 22, 2014)

      • Presenter, "Introduction to U.S. Trademark Law," 2014 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Seattle, July 18, 2014)

      • Presenter, "Building Your Marijuana Brand: Trademarks and Trade Dress," Law Seminars International (Seattle, July 11, 2014)

      • Co-chair, "Marijuana and Intellectual Property" Law Seminars International (Seattle, July 11, 2014)

      • Presenter, "Right of Publicity Protection in the United States," Transnational IP Seminar, Technische Universitat Dresden (Dresden, Germany, March 25, 2014)

      • Presenter, "Look and Feel Trademark Protection in the United States," Transnational IP Seminar, Technische Universitat Dresden (Dresden, Germany, March 24, 2014)

      • Presenter, "Protecting Your Client's Marijuana Trademark," King County Bar Association IP Law Section (Seattle, March 6, 2014)

        • Lecturer, "Advanced Trademark Law" (with Professor Toshiko Takenaka), University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Winter-Spring, 2014) 

        • Guest Lecturer, "Trademark Law: Likelihood of Dilution," University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, November 5, 2013)

        • Guest Lecturer, "Trademark Law: Likelihood of Confusion," University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, November 4, 2013)

        • Presenter, "Trademark Issues in Social Media," Law Seminars International (Seattle, September 16, 2013)

        • Presenter, "Introduction to U.S. Trademark Law," 2013 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Seattle, July 19, 2013)

        • Presenter, "Kirtsang: Implications for Trademark Practitioners," Spring Meeting, American Intellectual Property Law Association (Seattle, May 1, 2013)

          • Lecturer, "Advanced Trademark Law" (with Professor Toshiko Takenaka), University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Winter-Spring, 2013) 

          • Moderator and Presenter, "Rule 12 Motions," Federal Court Boot Camp Conference: How to Practice in Federal Court, Pincus Professional Education (Seattle, December 7, 2012)

          • Moderator and Presenter, "Ex Parte Orders and Preliminary Injunctive Relief," Federal Court Boot Camp Conference: How to Practice in Federal Court, Pincus Professional Education (Seattle, December 7, 2012)

          • Presenter, "Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law: Hague Convention Service," Seattle IP Inn of Court (Seattle, November 15, 2012)

          • Guest Lecturer, "Trademark Law: Likelihood of Confusion," University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, November 9, 2012)

          • Presenter, "Trademark Issues in Social Media," Law Seminars International (Seattle, September 6, 2012)

            • Presenter, "Introduction to U.S. Trademark Law," 2012 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Seattle, July 20, 2012)

            • Moderator and Presenter, "IP Protection in the Information Age: Online Trademark Liability," Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Beijing, China, June 26, 2012)

            • Moderator, "Rosetta Stone v. Google: A Key Ruling on Online Liability for Trademark Infringement," Law Seminars International (Tele-CLE, May 16, 2012)

            • Presenter, "Trademark Law Exhaustion and Gray Market Goods," 17th Annual Intellectual Property Institute, Washington State Bar Association (Seattle, March 9, 2012)

            • Presenter, "Intellectual Property Rights Training: American Trademark Law and Unfair Competition Regulation," China's National Judges College (Guangzhou, China, February 11, 2012)

            • Lecturer, "Advanced Trademark Law" (with Professor Toshiko Takenaka), University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Winter-Spring 2012)

              • Presenter, "Ex Parte Orders and Preliminary Injunctive Relief," Federal Court Boot Camp Conference: How to Practice in Federal Court, Pincus Professional Education (Seattle, December 2, 2011)

              • Presenter, "Rule 12 Motions," Federal Court Boot Camp Conference: How to Practice in Federal Court, Pincus Professional Education (Seattle, December 2, 2011)

              • Presenter, "Current State of Personality Rights (Rights of Publicity)," King County Bar Association (Seattle, November 3, 2011)

              • Presenter, "Keyword Advertising and Trademark Rights," Association of Intellectual Property Law Firms (Chicago, September 19, 2011)

              • Presenter, "Introduction to U.S. Trademark Law," 2011 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Seattle, July 22, 2011)

              • Presenter, "Copyright, Trademark, and Internet Law," LawReviewCLE (Seattle, July 19, 2011)

                • Presenter, "Trademarks, Trade Dress and Software Protection," Transnational IP Seminar, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Alicante, Spain, March 22, 2011)

                • Presenter, "Rosetta Stone v. Google: A Landmark Trademark Case for the Digital Age," Law Seminars International (Tele-CLE, March 10, 2011)

                • Lecturer, "Advanced Trademark Law," University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Winter-Spring, 2011)

                • Presenter, "Introduction to U.S. Trademark Law," 2010 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Seattle, July 15, 2010)

                • Author, Michael G. Atkins, et al., Expert Witnesses: Intellectual Property Cases, 2009-2010 Edition (Thomson/West 2010) (chapters on disclosing expert witnesses under federal rules and trademark expert witnesses)

                • Lecturer, "Advanced Trademark Law" (with Professor Toshiko Takenaka), University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Winter-Spring, 2010)

                  • Author, Michael G. Atkins, et al., Expert Witnesses: Intellectual Property Cases, 2009-2010 Edition (Thomson/West 2009) (chapters on disclosing expert witnesses under federal rules and trademark expert witnesses)

                  • Lecturer, "Advanced Trademark Law" (with Professor Toshiko Takenaka), University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Winter-Spring, 2009) 

                  • Lecturer, "Intellectual Property Law Survey" (Trademark Law Portion), University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Winter, 2009)

                  • Presenter, "Introduction to U.S. Trademark Law," 2009 Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute, Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (Seattle, July 16, 2009)

                  • Presenter, "Teaching the Teachers," Adjunct Professors Special Interest Group, International Trademark Association (Seattle, May 19, 2009)

                  • Presenter, "The PRO-IP Act: An Introduction," University of Washington Technology Law Society (Seattle, May 7, 2009)

                    • Presenter, "Bands & Brands: Essential Trademark Law for Musicians," Washington Lawyers for the Arts (Seattle, April 29, 2009)

                    • Author, Michael G. Atkins, et al., Expert Witnesses: Intellectual Property Cases, 2008-2009 Edition (Thomson/West 2008) (chapters on disclosing expert witnesses under federal rules and trademark expert witnesses)

                    • Presenter, "Litigation Planning for Licensing Attorneys," Washington State Bar Association (Seattle, December 15, 2008)

                    • Contributing Author, L.M. Brownlee, Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions (Thomson/West 2008) (chapter on trademarks) 

                    • Contributing Author, L.M. Brownlee, Assets & Finance: Audits and Valuation of Intellectual Property (Thomson/West 2008) (portions of chapter on analyzing results of an intellectual property audit) 

                    • Presenter, "Emerging Issues in Right of Publicity Law," King County Bar Association (Seattle, May 1, 2008)

                      • Presenter, "Design Patents and Trade Dress," 13th Annual Intellectual Property Institute, Washington State Bar Association (Seattle, March 7, 2008) 

                      • Guest Lecturer, "Trademark Law: Trade Dress," Seattle University School of Law (Seattle, March 5, 2008) 

                      • Contributing Author, L.M. Brownlee, Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions (Thomson/West 2007) (section on trademark dilution)

                      • Presenter, "What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Washington: Trade Secrecy and Privacy," Lorman Education Services (Tacoma, August 3, 2007)

                      • Presenter, "Trademark Infringement and Likelihood of Confusion," Washington State Paralegal Association (Seattle, April 27, 2007) 

                      • Author, "Bush Signs Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006," Cyber-Graham (October 9, 2006)

                        • Lecturer, "Trademark and Unfair Competition Law," University of Washington School of Law (Fall 2006) 

                        • Presenter, "What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Washington: Trade Secrecy and Privacy," Lorman Education Services (Tacoma, August 3, 2006) 

                        • Presenter, "What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Washington: Trade Secrecy and Privacy," Lorman Education Services (Seattle, June 15, 2006) 

                        • Presenter, "The Nuts and Bolts of Remedies in Trademark Infringement Litigation," Intellectual Property Law Society (Seattle, February 24, 2006) 

                        • Co-author, "The Motion In Limine: The Sharpest Tool in the Defendant's Toolbox," For the Defense (Defense Research Institute, July 2004) 

                        • Author, "Keeping Abreast of Recent Decency Law Developments in Light of Janet Jackson's Super Bowl Halftime Show," Cyber-Graham (February 3, 2004)

                          • Author, "New Federal Spam Act Governs Commercial Email," Cyber-Graham (January 13, 2004)