About Mike

Mike Atkins taught trademark law at the University of Washington School of Law for nine years and he has lectured on intellectual property issues in China, France, Germany, Spain and throughout the United States. The World Trademark Review lists him as a “Recommended Expert”; he is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a designation given to less than 0.5% of U.S. attorneys; he is rated a perfect “10.0” by the Avvo attorney rating company; and he has been a Washington “Super Lawyer” every year since 2010.

Known for providing strategic advice, Mike prosecutes applications for trademark and copyright registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office. When necessary, he vigorously protects his client’s intellectual property interests in court and before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Mike is originally from Seattle. He graduated from St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN) and the University of Minnesota Law School, before returning home. These days, he splits his time between Seattle and Madrid, Spain. When not working, MIke enjoys running, skiing, studying Spanish, and searching for the world’s best gazpacho.

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Education

  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), J.D., 1996
  • St. John’s University (Collegeville, Minn.), B.A., 1991

Bar Admissions

  • State of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Pro hac vice admission in many courts

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Experience

  • Atkins Intellectual Property, PLLC
  • University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, Wash.), 2007-16
  • Partner, Graham & Dunn, PC (Seattle, Wash.), 2001-2011

Awards & Recognition

  • Avvo, Inc., “Superb,” “10.0” attorney rating
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • World Trademark Review, “Recommended Expert,” 2014-16
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, “Super Lawyer,” 2010-16
  • UW School of Law, “Outstanding Service Award, Part-Time Lecturer,” 2009-10
  • Washington CEO Magazine, “Top Intellectual Property Lawyer,” 2008
  • Washington Law & Politics, “Rising Star,” 2005-09
  • Washington State Bar Association, “Random Acts of Professionalism,” 2004

Memberships & Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association (IP and Litigation sections)
  • King County Bar Association (IP and Litigation sections)
  • International Trademark Association
  • Master and Former Board Member, Seattle IP Inn of Court

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