Founded in 1929, Seattle-based Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness is a single-office IP boutique with nearly 30 attorneys. Although historically known for the strength and breadth of its patent and trademark prosecution work, the firm in recent years has increasingly prioritized its litigation capabilities. The firm's attorneys maintain a diverse client base across the entertainment, software, telecommunications, life sciences and financial services industries, and many have hands-on industry experience in the same field as their clients. A manufacturing client speaks of the firm's work in IP creation and filing as well as trademark as "outstanding" because of its "very strong approach and support." A life sciences client refers to the firm's IP transactional abilities as "efficient, fast, and accurate." A technology client refers to the patent and trademark prosecution as "quality counsel and timely service."
Peers in Washington refer specifically to Everett Fruehling, one of the firm's trademark lawyers who began his career as an examining attorney for the USPTO. Fruehling has a global trademark representation of Avanade, a Seattle-based consulting company that is a subsidiary of Accenture and provides global IT services focused on Microsoft products. He also handles the global trademark portfolio for Radiant Logistics and was recently retained to represent plaintiff Pacific Foods of Oregon Inc. in claims of trademark infringement and other causes of action, against Califia Farms. Jerald Nagae represents global technology solutions provider JBT Corp, as well as LOUD Technologies, which carries patents and trademarks on several equipment brands. This year, the firm expanded its work with JBT to patent work related to autonomous vehicles and aircraft ground support equipment. Christensen O'Connor's best-known client may be Nintendo, for whom Nagae serves as lead partner in trademark and copyright clearances, registrations, licensing, and other transactional matters throughout much of the Western hemisphere.
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