Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual property assets can underpin a company’s success in virtually any industry. Tonkon Torp’s IP lawyers are skilled in the law of trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents, and they enjoy helping clients develop, protect and strategically exploit those assets. Our intellectual property practice encompasses the full range of counseling and compliance services, as well as litigation expertise. We work with exceptional local, national and international patent prosecution firms when our clients need technical patent advice.

Counseling & Transactions

Tonkon Torp attorneys help clients protect and leverage intellectual property assets at all stages of growth. Our advising and transactional services include:
  • Identifying and protecting trademarks, service marks and copyrights
  • Negotiating technology transfer and licensing agreements relating to patents, trademarks, know-how and copyrighted works
  • Negotiating software development and licensing agreements
  • Developing copyright compliance programs, including with respect to open source code
  • Performing due diligence of intellectual property assets in merger and acquisition transactions
  • Protecting inventions, creations and trade secrets through intellectual property assignments, nondisclosure and non-compete agreements
  • Developing privacy policies
When disputes arise in this area, clients turn to our Intellectual Property Litigation team.

Attorneys

Paralegals

Lisa  Gabel

Lisa Gabel

Intellectual Property Paralegal

503.802.2173
lisa.gabel@tonkon.com
Renee  Peck

Renee Peck

Intellectual Property Paralegal

503.802.2197
renee.peck@tonkon.com

Tonkon Torp Leads CamelBak to Victory at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Federal Circuit

Tonkon Torp has won a significant patent case for its client, CamelBak Products. CamelBak, based in Petaluma, California and founded in 1989, invented the hands-free hydration category and is the global leader in personal hydration gear. In November 2014, CamelBak was sued for patent infringement on a lid assembly for a beverage container that included cleaning features.

Tonkon Torp Brings Attorney Power to Renewable Energy Transaction

Tonkon Torp client Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) is the North American subsidiary of one of the largest corporations in the world, the Italian electricity company Enel S.p.A. Here's how we helped EGPNA in a renewable energy acquisition.

Tonkon Torp Represents Vestas in Acquisition of UpWind Solutions

Tonkon Torp represented its client Vestas, the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, in the acquisition of UpWind Solutions, Inc., an independent service provider for wind power plants in nine US states. The $60 million acquisition furthers Vestas's strategic objectives for its North America service business.

Tonkon Torp Wins Intellectual Property Judgment for AXTS and Rainier Arms

Jon Stride, lead trial lawyer for Tonkon Torp's Intellectual Property Practice Group, successfully pursued trademark infringement and counterfeiting claims on behalf of AXTS (Salem, OR) and Rainier Arms. AXTS manufactures high-quality after-market firearm parts. It co-brands the RAPTOR charging handle part for AR 15 rifles with Rainier Arms (Auburn, WA) which is sold throughout the United States.

Advised Drone Technology Company on Trademark Matters

Advised start-up drone technology company, SkyWard, on trademark protection issues, and subsequently filed applications with the USPTO for entire portfolio of trademarks.

Counterfeiting and Patent Infringement Matter

Representing a Japanese manufacturer of office supplies against a U.S. retailer and Chinese manufacturer in a counterfeiting and design patent infringement matter.

Defended Pet Toy Manufacturer

Successfully defended pet toy manufacturer against a motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction based upon allegations of trademark infringement.

Defense of Distributor Accused of Copyright and Trademark Infringement

Representing a U.S. distributor accused of infringing copyrights and trademarks arising from the purchase and importation of products from a Chinese manufacturer who was licensed to make and sell the products.

Endorsement Agreement

Drafted and negotiated an agreement involving the endorsement services of a reputable, well-known industry expert for a client engaged in manufacturing and selling consumer products.

Master Services Agreement for Technology Client

Negotiated Master Services Agreement for technology client's provision of software development, support and consulting services to ABC.

Negotiated Master Services Agreement for Software Company

Represented a NASDAQ-listed software company in negotiating a master service agreement with a NYSE-listed social networking company.

Purchase of Websites and Online Businesses

Represented purchaser in acquiring websites and online businesses with known intellectual property issues, licensing issues and regulatory compliance issues related to information privacy, security and consumer protection matters, and assisted purchaser in correcting such issues post-closing.

Represented Applicant at USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Successfully represented trademark applicant Fresh Hemp Foods Ltd. in an opposition proceeding before the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Represented Client and Irish Software Firm Developing Custom Insurance Application Process

Worked with client and Irish software development firm in the customization of an innovative, streamlined insurance application process for use in a multi-insurance carrier environment.

Represented Client Developing Turnkey Software Delivery System

Worked with client in developing new turnkey model for the delivery of software as a service for national and international clients.

Represented Multi-National Water Filtration Company in Development Agreement

Represented a multi-national water filtration company in drafting and negotiating a joint development agreement with a U.S.-based chemical technologies company for the development of new water filtration systems.

Somarakis, Inc. v. Dekker Vacuum Technologies

Representing an international manufacturer of industrial vacuum pumps against a competitor for misappropriating the client's trade secrets and using the trade secrets to interfere with the client's business. The case is filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Start-Up Collaboration Agreements for Prospective Partners

Represented a start-up client in drafting and negotiating collaboration agreements with prospective partners for the purpose of marketing and commercializing new patents and technologies.

Trademark Dispute Resolution

Represented a national provider of senior living and assisted living facilities in the resolution of a trademark dispute concerning the unique name of a local senior living facility.

USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Represented Sunstone Circuits, a manufacturing and design company in the printed circuit board industry, in the successful resolution and settlement of a trademark dispute before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Top 6 Ways to Protect a Cannabis Business Brand

As I previously discussed in my article and podcast published in the Portland Business Journal, U.S. federal trademark law does not currently extend to cannabis products. Because the required “use in commerce” of the cannabis plant and related…
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The Challenging State of Brand Protection in the Cannabis Industry

Trademark law in the U.S. protects “any word, name, symbol, or design, or any combination thereof, used in commerce” to identify one company’s goods or services from another, and to indicate the source of the goods or services. Protection is…
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Supreme Court Eliminates Obstacle to Declaratory Relief in Patent Cases

If you are a party to a patent license agreement, the U.S. Supreme Court just made it easier to go to court to test the validity of the patent or whether a licensed product would actually infringe the patent.
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Trademark Protection in the Cannabis Industry - Presentation & Happy Hour

Your brand is an essential asset, and protecting it is a high priority. But what is the best way to do so?
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Tonkon Torp Attorneys Speak to Startups at December TiE XL Boot Camp

On December 9, Tonkon Torp attorneys Tyler Harkness, Parna Mehrbani, and Clay Creps were instructors for the virtual TIE XL Boot Camp. The boot camp provides opportunities for a cohort of entrepreneurs to connect with experts in the startup community…
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U.S. News "Best Law Firms" Publication Ranks 37 Tonkon Torp Practice Areas for 2021

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has released its 2021 edition of "Best Law Firms." Tonkon Torp is once again ranked among the nation's best for five business law categories and is top-ranked in the metropolitan Portland market in 37 practice areas.
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Parna Mehrbani Talks Trademarks for NW Cannabis Law Institute

Tonkon Torp partner Parna Mehrbani was a featured panelist during the 2nd Annual Northwest Cannabis Law Institute series hosted by the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Section. The September 15 panel, which featured Parna and two other attorneys, was…
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Nine Rising Tonkon Torp Attorneys Included on 2021 “Ones to Watch” List

Nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing nine practice groups have been honored in Best Lawyers' inaugural Ones to Watch directory. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is a peer-review honor focused on acknowledging attorneys who have been in private practice…
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Best Lawyers in America® Includes 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2021 List

Forty-nine Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 36 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. A majority of attorneys have been named to the peer-review list in past years, and most have been recognized for more…
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Tonkon Torp Attorneys Speak to Startups at Virtual TiE XL Bootcamp Session

Tonkon Torp attorneys Tyler Harkness, Parna Mehrbani, and Kristin Bremer Moore were instructors at the June virtual sessions of the TIE XL Bootcamp. The Bootcamp provides opportunities for a cohort of entrepreneurs to connect with experts in the…
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Parna Mehrbani Introduces Intellectual Property Fundamentals for Oregon Angel Food

Tonkon Torp Partner Parna Mehrbani led the July 28 session of the Oregon Angel Food (OregonAF) 2020 workshop series, hosted by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. Each session in the virtual series covers information to help owners and investors…
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26 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2020 Super Lawyers Lists

Twenty-six Tonkon Torp attorneys in nine practice areas have been included in the 2020 Oregon Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists. Tonkon Torp partner and bankruptcy authority Albert N. Kennedy has been once again recognized on the Top 50 list of…
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Chambers USA Names 20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys in 2020 Ranking

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has recognized 20 Tonkon Torp attorneys in seven practice areas in its 2020 USA Guide. Eighteen of the Tonkon Torp attorneys named have been previously ranked by Chambers.
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Erickson and Mehrbani Review 2019 Trademark Law for Oregon State Bar

Tonkon Torp partners Chris Erickson and Parna Mehrbani led a review of 2019 trademark law at the annual Intellectual Property Year-in-Review program hosted by the Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Section. Parna is currently the Chair of the…
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