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Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP


About Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP

Seed IP is a leading intellectual property law firm based in the Pacific Northwest, with more than fifty patent attorneys and patent agents and a staff of over seventy professionals.

Partners with Expertise

Seed Intellectual Property Law Group was founded in 1962 by Richard W. Seed and Benjamin F. Berry. The firm’s one-office Seattle shop is armed with lawyers and professionals with expertise in everything from mechanical engineering and biotechnology to software and microphonics to communication technologies. The firm takes pride in considering all aspects of a client’s business when it comes developing an overall IP strategy—according to the firm, “it’s not just about writing [patent] applications.”

Big and Small, Patents for All

Seed IP handles matters including litigation and mediation, strategic counseling, licensing, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks. The firm is also a major league player when it comes to patent work. With a total of more than 45,000 patents since the firm opened its doors, Seed IP works to obtain thousands of patents each year—and the number has been steadily climbing each year in recent history.

Seed IP’s clients range in size from individuals and start-up companies to established multinational corporations with IP needs ranging from trademark clearance to protecting complex chemical and biotechnology patents. The firm has a strong reputation for working with startups at all stages of funding to create an intellectual property strategy for the developing company. Some bigger-name clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Panasonic Corporation, The Pokémon Company, Red Robin International, Audi AG,, Facebook, Inc., and The Walt Disney Company. The roster also includes government clients like the U.S. Army and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Shaping the Future of Seattle IP

Since 2003, Seed IP has awarded two Seed Intellectual Property Law Group’s Founders Scholarships each year. The scholarship honors the firm’s founders, Richard W. Seed and Benjamin F. Berry. The scholarship goes to one law student each at the University of Washington and Seattle University, supporting homegrown IP talent in the Pacific Northwest.

COVID-19 Update

In response to COVID-19, Seed IP Law Group has prioritized the safety of our employees and the consistent work product of our clients. By working together with all departments, we have successfully transitioned all employees to remote work. We have provided the equipment and support to maintain a high level of productivity with a focus on our employee well-being.

News & Awards


January 2021

Seed IP Law Group LLP has been named as one of the Top Patent Law Firms of 2020 in an annual list compiled by the Harrity Analytics Team (Harrity & Harrity, LLP). Firms (each with at least 50 utility patents) are ranked based on the total number of U.S. utility patents issued in 2020. Seed IP is at #28 on the list with 1,509 utility patents issued in 2020. 

November 2020

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers released the 2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings, marking the 11th edition of this highly-anticipated annual analysis. Seed IP Law Group LLP ranks in Tier 1 in the Seattle metropolitan area for Patent Law, Trademark Law, Biotechnology Law, Litigation-Patent Law, Litigation-Intellectual Property Law, and Copyright Law.

September 2020

Seed IP Law Group is ranked among the national Top 20 of the 2021 Best Intellectual Property Boutique Law Firms, a recent survey of best law firms by practice area, as published by Vault. The firms on the list were voted strongest in each practice area by associates working in that area at peer firms. Vault’s 2021 rankings are derived from Vault’s Annual Associate Survey, conducted between January 2020 through early April 2020.

September 2020

Law360 released the results of its sixth annual (2020) Diversity Snapshot in which Seed IP proudly ranks #7 in the Law Firms with the Most Minority Attorneys listing of U.S. law firms with 100 or fewer attorneys. The firms on this list demonstrate that law firms can create minority leadership opportunities and can build partnerships with diverse talent and perspectives.

Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP

701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 5400
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 622-4900

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Kevin S. Costanza
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
50 - 100
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

1st year: $160,000
Summer Associate: $3,000/week

Employment Contact

Tom Bahn
Executive Director
(206) 622-4900

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Seattle, WA

Major Departments

IP Agreements and Licensing
IP Litigation and Enforcement
Internet Policy & Law
Strategic Counseling
Trade Secrets