About 2019-04-03T22:39:51+00:00
atkins intellectual properpty

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 (now Miller Nash 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
  • 2014-19 World Trademark Review 1000, “Recommended Expert”
  • 2010-19 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 & PUBLICATIONS

Presenter, “Intellectual Theft: Best Practices in Protecting Your Work and Brand,” Northwest Flower & Garden Show GardenPro Conference (Seattle, February 16, 2018)

Presenter, “Medical & Recreational Marijuana in Washington State: Intellectual Property Issues,” The Seminar Group (Seattle, November 30, 2017)

Guest Lecturer, “Cannabis Law Seminar: Intellectual Property Issues,” University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, November 28, 2017)

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)