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.
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Wiener, J.) 1993-1994
- Versaterm, Inc. v. City of Seattle, Case No. 2:16-cv-01217-JLR (W.D. Wash. August 19, 2016) (TRO and preliminary injunction against city).
- In re Morgan Indus. Corp., Case No. 12-21156 (Bankr. D.N.J. July 11, 2016) (trustee sought to recover substantial amounts of money but received only $3,500).
- Pacific BioScience Labs., Inc. v. Michael Todd True Organics LP, Case No. 2:15-cv-00691-JLR (W.D. Wash. July 2015) (stayed case pending ITC resolution).
- Tranxition, Inc. v. Lenovo (United States) Inc., Case No. 3:12-cv-1065-HZ (D. Or. 2014) (Docket Nos.121, 159-60, 177-78) (heavily involved in patent claim construction briefing and hearings just weeks after appearing in case; drafted brief that resulted in dismissal of patent infringement counterclaim for lack of standing).
- Tranxition, Inc. v. AppSense, Inc., Case No. 3:12-cv-1403-BR (D. Or. 2014, Docket No. 82) (resolved matter six months after taking over case from prior counsel).
- Columbia Machine, Inc. v. Besser Co., Case No. 3:10-cv-05667 (W.D. Wash. Sep. 27, 2012) (won summary judgment of noninfringement as to 3 of 4 patent claims in case; case settled within a month of victory).
- State v. Craig, Case No. 12-40903 (Yak. Cty. Oct. 25, 2012) (won a directed verdict during state criminal jury trial).
- Ganz v. Washington Numismatic Gallery, Inc., Case No. 11-2-26950-7 SEA (King Cty. Oct. 25, 2012) (won summary judgment as to 3 causes of action).
- Columbia Machine, Inc. v. Besser Company, Case No. 3:10-cv-05667 (W.D. Wash. April 5, 2012) (defeated motion for a preliminary injunction).
- Columbia Machine, Inc. v. Besser Company, Case No. 3:11-cv-05268 (W.D. Wash. March 6, 2012) (defeated motion for partial summary judgment and then settled case on favorable terms using offer of judgment tool).
- The Charles Machine Works, Inc. vs. Vermeer Mfg. Co., Case No. 4:11-cv-507-CRW-CFB (S.D. Iowa. Nov. 21, 2011) (took and defended multiple depositions on an emergency basis to develop evidence to defeat motion for a preliminary injunction; drafted irreparable harm section of winning opposition brief).
- New Touch-Up Sys., Inc. v. Front Line Ready GA, LLC, Case No. 3:09-CV-05158-RPL (W.D. Wash. Oct 7, 2011) (patent infringement case against client dismissed with prejudice after favorable Markman ruling).
- Arrival Star S.A. v. Agility Logistics, Inc., Civ. Action No. 2:10-cv-01249-RSK (W.D. Wash. Dec. 3, 2010) (successful motion to dismiss).
- Northwest Home Designing, Inc. v. Lubbesmeyer Const., Inc., Case No. 3:09-cv-05562-RJB (W.D. Wash. June 8, 2010) (defeated motion for a preliminary injunction).
- Novozymes A/S v. Genencor Int’l, Inc., Civ. No. 05-160-ICAJ (D. Del. 2007) (drafted brief that won permanent injunction, as part of team that secured a $15 million dollar judgment in complex patent case).
- Chadwick Farms Owners Ass’n v. FHC, LLC, Case Nos. 80450-8, 80459-1-O-I (Wash. S. Ct. May 14, 2009) (represented WSBA) (brief cited with approval by Supreme Court and court of appeals).
- Blount, Inc. v. TriLink Saw Chain, LLC, Civ. Action No. 1:06-CV-0767-BR (April, 2009) (first-chaired trial and won judgment for $2.3 million).
- Lucky Break Wishbone Corp. v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., 528 F. Supp. 2d 1106 (W.D. Wash. 2007) (won sanctions against defendants excluding key evidence and helped win partial summary judgment on various issues in copyright case; client ultimately won $1.7 million verdict).
- Roth v. Flores, Civil Action No. 01-2-02371-2 (Yakima County, Trial Jan. 27-29, 2009) (won $96,000 judgment on M.A.R. arbitration award of $11,500).
- Widevine Tech., Inc. v. Verimatrix, Inc., Case No. 2:07-CV-321-TJW-CE (E.D. Tex. Sep. 25, 2008) (drafted briefs successfully opposing Verimatrix’s motion to stay case pending inter partes reexamination).
- Lomax v. Memorial Hospital Ass’n., Case No. 259315 (Wash. Ct. App. June 10, 2008) (reversed trial court’s grant of summary judgment).
- Cardiac Science, Inc. v. Koninklijke Philips, N.V., 466 F. Supp. 2d 1150 (D. Minn. 2006) (won summary judgment invalidating key claims for lack of adequate written description and defeated cross-motion in complex patent case involving 21 patents).
- National Prods., Inc. v. Gamber Johnson, LLC, Case No. CV04-02524P (W.D. Wash. 2006) (team secured consent judgment in patent case).
- Paragon Luggage, Inc. v. Monarch Designs, Inc., Case No. SACVOS-929 (C.D. Cal. 2007) (secured consent judgment in patent case).
- Berrocal v. Fernandez, 155 Wash. 2d 585 (2005) (reversed court of appeals in Washington State Supreme Court, which affirmed favorable summary judgment dismissing case).
- Tim Vining Real Estate Appraiser and Consultants v. Clark Jennings & Associates, Inc., No. CV-04-3110RHW, 2005 WL 1500972 (E.D. Wash. 2005) (won partial summary judgment in copyright case).
- Mendoza v. Zirkle Fruit Co., 222 F.R.D. 439 (E.D. Wash. 2004) (won summary judgment).
- Ramirez v. Veronte, Inc., No. CV-03-3050-CI (E.D. Wash. Oct. 1, 2005) (defeated Defendants’ motion for summary judgment).
- National Licensing Ass’n, LLC v. Inland Joseph Fruit Co., 361 F. Supp. 2d 1244 (E.D. Wash. 2004) (motion to dismiss instrumental in dismissal of 18 plant patent infringement cases for lack of standing) (this is parent case).
- Ecklund v. Internal Medicine Assoc. of Yakima, AAA Arb., No. 75-166-00311-02-ARN (March 13-14, 2003) (medical association sought $2 million in damages for breach of non-compete, but client prevailed and paid only $600 in photocopying costs).
- U.S. v. Gleich, Case No. 03-CR-02092-RHW (E.D. Wash. 2003) (client acquitted of all charges after federal felony trial).
- Barnhouse v. Sunnyside Irrigation Dist., Civ. No. 00-2-02881 (Yakima Cty. Sup. Ct. March 5, 2003) (won summary judgment, which caused settlement).
- Out of Line Sports, Inc. v. Rollerblade, Inc., 213 F.3d 500 (10th Cir. 2000) (defeated motion for preliminary injunction).
- World Wrestling Federation v. Posters, Inc., 2000 WL 1409831 (N.D. Ill. 2000) (won seizure order, preliminary injunction, summary judgment, and attorneys’ fees).
- Genetics Corp. v. Pioneer Hi-Bred Int’l., Inc., 96 C 500112 & 96 C 50239 (N.D. Ill. 2000) (worked on several complex patent litigations involving genetically-engineered corn; assisted with Markman hearing).
- Rios v. AT&T Corp., 36 F. Supp. 2d 1064 (N.D. Ill. 1999) (won summary judgment and dismissal of case).
- Accu-Sort Sys., Inc. v. Lazerdata Corp., Civ. Action No. 98-3475 (E.D. Pa. 1998) (won royalty dispute).
- The Toro Co. v. McCulloch Corp., 898 F. Supp. 679 (D. Minn. 1995) (drafted brief that won partial summary judgment).
- Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. v. Leadership Software, Inc.,12 F.3d 527 (5th Cir. 1994) (drafted widely-cited copyright opinion as judicial clerk).
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.)