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Paul H. Beattie

Seattle
(206) 582-5142
Pbeattie@ckrlaw.com
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BAR ADMISSIONS

Illinois State Courts
Minnesota State Courts
New Hampshire State Court
Washington State Courts
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, District of Minnesota, District of New Hampshire
United States District Court, Eastern and Western District of Washington
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth, Seventh and Ninth Circuit


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Commercial Litigation,
Intellectual Property Litigation
Antitrust
Intellectual Property Transactions
Due Diligence
Bankruptcy
Tax


ACCREDITATIONS

EDUCATION

J.D., with Honors (top 10% of class) from University of Michigan

University of Chicago, Graduate Work, Medical Immunology

Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cellular Biology with Honors (top 10% of class) from University of Chicago


LANGUAGES

English
German
French

Paul Beattie is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer with over 100 victories and better than a 90% success rate in trials, mediations, and commercial arbitrations. He has taken or defended hundreds of depositions. Mr. Beattie's practice focuses on business litigation, including intellectual property litigation in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, non-compete, and licensing cases. He also represents clients in other types of business disputes, including employment, breach of contract, securities, bankruptcy, antitrust, tax, partnership dissolution, and tort cases. He has represented businesses and individuals in scores of hearings, trials, mediations, and arbitrations (of all kinds).

Mr. Beattie counsels clients concerning business, intellectual property, and litigation avoidance issues. He also drafts contracts, non-compete agreements, employment policies, and other documents and provides strategic business advice. He does appellate work for select clients. His strengths include strong writing and communication abilities (with over 70 successful dispositive motions), extensive first chair trial experience, and an ability to explain difficult concepts and technologies to judges and juries. Mr. Beattie has been repeatedly recognized as a Washington Super Lawyer, an annual listing of 2-5% of Washington lawyers who have achieved significant professional accomplishment, as well as in Top Attorneys of North America and other similar publications.

Mr. Beattie was previously a partner at Rimon Law Group, P.C., Merchant & Gould, P.C., and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, a Northwest regional law firm. Before that, Beattie worked at Darby & Darby, P.S., an intellectual property firm formerly headquartered in New York. Earlier in his career, Mr. Beattie worked at Foley & Lardner in Chicago, where he represented Pioneer Hi-Bred in several corn genetics cases. While at Darby, Mr. Beattie was the primary author of chapter 1 of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Patents: Law and Practice (Aspen Pub. Dec. 2007). While at Rimon, he was the primary author of chapter 6 of the Handbook on Global Social Media Law for Business Lawyers (ABA 2018). Mr. Beattie has also written numerous articles on various law-related topics. 

Immediately after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School with honors, Beattie clerked for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During law school, Mr. Beattie was awarded the Stanfield Scholarship and was nominated for the Book Award as the top student in his Legal Writing and Advocacy class. He also taught Legal Research & Writing at the William Mitchell College of Law. Mr. Beattie also teaches various aspects of intellectual property litigation as an Adjunct Professor at the Seattle University School of Law. Before practicing law, Mr. Beattie served as a Marine Corps Infantryman, graduating first in his platoon from Infantry Training School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After college, he taught immunology at the University of Chicago. Mr. Beattie represents U.S. service personnel at discounted rates. He has had over thirty trial victories in a variety of state and federal cases, before both judges and juries.

Mr. Beattie has also been cited as among the top attorneys in the United States by the American Registry and in Top Attorneys of North America.

Judicial Clerkship

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Wiener, J.) 1993-1994

Representative Cases:

Publications and Presentations:

“A Handbook on Global Social Media Law for the Business Lawyer.” ABA, Intellectual Property Issues in Social Media (July 2017.)

Mock Oral Argument at the Seattle Intellectual Property American Inn of Court in Favor of Registering SLANTS Trademark Under 15 U.S.C. § 1052 (November 19, 2015.)

Biotechnology and the Law, Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law (Fall 2013.)

Strategic Licensing of Biotech and Pharma Inventions, CASRIP Summer Institute (July 28, 2011.)

Contingency Fee Cases - Best Practices (May, 26, 2011) (ExecSense.)

Rejected Reasoning: Bilski Patent Ruling Survives High-Court Showdown, KCBA Bar Bulletin (August 2010.)

U.S. Patent Law Stuck Stateside, IP Law 360 (June 2010.)

State Based Rights of Inventors and Authors, Oregon State Bar IP CLE (June 2010.)

Powerful Opening Statements, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt (March 2010.)

Recent Challenges to the Protection of Biotechnology Inventions, Bell Harbor International, Invest Northwest (March 18, 2009.)

Extraterritorial Infringement Outpaces Extraterritorial Protection, 44 Trial News (No. 2) at 11, 14 (October 2008.)

Biotechnology and the Law, Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law (Fall 2008.)

U.S. Patent Law Struck Stateside, KCBA Bar Bulletin (September 2008.)

Legal Writing Unplugged: 10 Quick Tips for Better Legal Writing, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt (August 2008.)

Monetization of Patents, Wi-LAN IP Symposium: Monetization of Patents (April 15, 2008.)

Co-Author, BioPharma Intellectual Property That is Patentable Subject Matter, Chapter 1 in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Patents: Law and Practice (Aspen Pub. Dec. 2007.)

Jesting at Scars that Never Felt a Wound: The U.S. Supreme Court’s New Doctrine of Licensee Standing without Breach, Intellectual Property Law & Practice; 2: 275-277 (2007.)

The Use of Trademarks in Small Businesses, Trial Bar News (2004.)

Contributor to the WSTLA Pleadings and Motions. Computer Reference (2003.)

Legal Writing for Paralegals, CLE Materials, Chicago (2000.)

Use of Experts in I.P. Litigation, CLE Materials, Chicago (2000.)