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Pam K. Jacobson

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Pam Kohli Jacobson is a registered patent attorney and concentrates her practice in intellectual property law including litigation, prosecution, licensing, due diligence, portfolio management, and counseling, with an emphasis on the intellectual property of government entities.

Ms. Jacobson has extensive experience litigating patent and trademark disputes as lead counsel throughout the United States. She has handled intellectual property matters from application to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Federal Circuit, Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court. Ms. Jacobson draws upon her broad experience before these tribunals and the ITC to formulate coordinated strategies for efficient, effective results. She also manages the patent and trademark portfolios for a number of prominent corporations and leading universities.

Ms. Jacobson’s technical background and work experience is in applied mathematics, chemistry and molecular biology. Prior to law school, she designed computer models to assess the toxicity of chemical compounds at Honeywell International f/k/a Allied Signal. She also assessed the prevalence of certain gene markers in familial lupus erythematosus during her time as a research scientist the University of Chicago.

Ms. Jacobson has been recognized by industry publications as a leading practitioner in intellectual property law. She currently teaches at the University of Washington School of Law and at its Center for Advanced Study & Research on Intellectual Property.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Jacobson was a partner at a boutique intellectual property firm in Seattle and a Seattle general practice firm where she led its intellectual property group.


  • Selected to Washington Super Lawyers list (2014-2016)
  • Top Washington Women Attorneys Intellectual Property (2014-2016)
  • Corporate LiveWire Global Awards--Trade Secret (2016)
  • Selected to Washington Rising Stars list (2008-2010)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property Law, University of Washington School of Law
  • Member, Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • Member, International Trademark Association Public and Media Relations Committee
  • Board Member, Seattle Chapter, Licensing Executives Society (2012-2013)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Patent Law Association
  • State Board Member, Co-Vice President, Professional Development (2012-2015) Washington Women Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "Sanctions and Attorneys' Fees Post Octane Fitness," AIPLA, March 28, 2016.
  • Presenter, "Intellectual Property and Privacy Litigation," PSAA, February 19, 2016.
  • Presenter, "Trademark Prosecution," Center for Advanced Study & Research on Innovation Policy at the University of Washington, July 20, 2015.
  • Presenter, "Tackling Local Patent Rules," LaWorld, Washington D.C., April 30, 2015.
  • Presenter, "Intellectual Property Litigation: Avoiding Common Pitfalls," Harmonie Seminar, Denver, Colorado, October 8, 2015.
  • Moderator, "Examining the Ethics of Attorney Communications" with Chief Judge Marsha Pechman of the Western District of Washington, Jeanne Marie Clavere, WSBA’s Professional Responsibility Counsel; Lucinda Fernald, General Counsel for Garvey Schubert Barer; and, Michele Storms, Assistant Dean and Executive Director for University of Washington School of Law, October 11, 2013.
  • Presenter, "Emerging Issues in US Patent Law," LAWorld Conference, Boston, October 5, 2013.
  • Presenter, “Trademark Priority, USPTO Practice and the Madrid System,” University of Washington School of Law, November 2012.
  • Presenter, “Developing and Protecting Your Brand,” NW Entrepreneur Network Intellectual Property Workshop, July 2012.
  • Presenter, “Trademark Enforcement,” Breakfast Briefing at Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness, February 2012.
  • Presenter, “Copyright Overview,” Northwest Entrepreneur Network Intellectual Property Workshop, March 16, 2011.