Atkins Intellectual Property


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.


  • Common Reasons the USPTO Might Deny Your Trademark Application

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can deny your application for federal trademark registration for any of the reasons stated in Section 2 of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1052.

    There are about twenty. However, you can forget about most of them. For practical purposes, the main ones to worry about are: likelihood of confusion, mere descriptiveness, deceptive misdescriptiveness, primarily merely a surname, and unlawful use. These objections are summarized below.

    -Likelihood of confusion. Frequently, the most tricky objection to consider is whether your mark is confusingly similar to a prior filing. This mainly means that your mark is too similar to the mark reflected in a prior-filed application or registration, in the context of the associated goods and services, such that ordinary consumers would likely, or probably, mistakenly believe that your goods or services come from the prior filer.

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Avvo “Superb” rating
10 out of 10 score by attorney rating company

University of Washington School of Law
Nine years of teaching trademark law

Litigation Counsel of America “Senior Fellow”
Less than 0.5% of U.S. attorneys are invited to join national trial lawyer honorary society

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”

Los Angeles Times
“Cyber-law expert”

Associated Press
“Trademark expert”