Polsinelli has hired four female patent attorneys to launch a Seattle intellectual property team as part of a nationwide push to build its IP practice.
The new team is led by shareholders Emily C. Peyser and Margi Aoki and also includes counsel Katherine D. Lee and associate Jennifer Junkin. The lawyers previously practiced at the Seattle-based IP firm Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness.
“I’ve been watching Polsinelli because they have so many women in leadership and have been doing some exciting things around women in IP,” Peyser said. “The opportunity came up to join them and it was a really great platform.”
The firm plans to build the new Seattle IP team around this core group, who bring a wide range of experience in software, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and high tech.
“The four of us are primarily patent attorneys, though we do some trademark work as well,” said Peyser, who said the firm will focus on developing trademark and litigation practices in Seattle.
Polsinelli has been hiring IP lawyers around the country. In the spring, the firm hired former U.S. Patent Trademark Office Assistant Trademark Commissioner Phil Hampton in Washington, and just this month it picked up Laila Wolfgram in St. Louis and Monica Gutierrez in Chicago.
The new hires also signal the continued growth of Polsinelli’s footprint in the Pacific Northwest, according to the firm. The Seattle office opened in 2018.
Polsinelli IP department chair Patrick Woolley said in a statement that the new IP group in Seattle is a “homerun” for the firm. ”These four lawyers work on incredibly sophisticated matters on behalf of their clients and bring new technical skillsets to further enhance our IP department,” he said.
Peyser’s practice focuses on helping clients with strategic planning, procurement of U.S. and foreign patents, opinions, enforcement and licensing. She previously worked as a chemical engineer at several large companies, including Boeing.
Aoki, who previously worked as a systems engineer at Intel, has extensive experience with the procurement of U.S. and foreign patents, freedom-to-operate and validity opinions, design-around strategies, due diligence for portfolio acquisitions and licensing.