Firm Overview

We deliver patents for market-ready inventions. Our team of business-minded Patent Attorneys works one on one with inventors to help them fully understand the patent process, determine their goals, and think strategically about how to the technology can be leveraged to get them there. It is so easy to get lost in the technical details of invention and improvement and forget to take a step back and evaluate the market readiness for certain products or services. It's the powerful combination of patentability and marketability that makes for a truly successful invention.

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Main Office
6100 219th Street SW Suite 480

Mountlake Terrace WA 98043


(800) 849-1913


(888) 679-3412


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Office Hours

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Office Manager

Maegan Harris

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English, Korean, Mandarin


Bold IP is an agile law firm whose main focus is to help inventors, entrepreneurs and business owners with their Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets.

Expertise in Patent Law: Our main focus is to help inventors and business owners secure patents on their inventions. The process of getting a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is called 'patent prosecution', and that is our primary focus at Bold IP. For many inventors and emerging businesses, protecting patents (as well as other areas of intellectual property) is a big deal and often causes a lot of stress and anxiety. Our goal at Bold IP is to take the stress and worry off your shoulders and put it squarely on ours!

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

My technical background in engineering lead me to Patent law. I crave to know about the latest and greatest technology. I love working with brilliant people who I can learn from and who better than inventors and business owners.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Not only do I have an engineering background, but I have industry experience from working as an engineer and project manager at Boeing. I also have a background in business. I have an MBA and work experience in dealing with customers at Boeing. I understand the three things that are important to developing a winning strategy with intellectual property: A technology background to help characterize innovative solutions, a business background to help develop a solid plan that would attract investors and the legal training to follow through with the legal instruments and filings.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our law firm is business focused. We work with inventors and businesses to make sure their business plan is aligned with the product or service they are seeking patent protection for. We don't simply produce a piece of paper called a patent, we help coach the inventor to build a plan to put the product or service to market. Our firm is flexible, and works at the pace of the client. Our billing is often by flat-rate project instead of hourly.

J.D. Houvener

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J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses a unique perspective to their patent needs. J.D. works with clients that are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patent in the market.

His background in business and experience as an engineer and patent attorney empowers him to clearly communicate to a broad range of clients about their immediate and long-term needs for patenting in order to protect assets, leverage opportunities, and limit liabilities. Some key areas of the patent prosecution practice are: patentability searches, patent applications, office actions, infringement opinions, post-grant actions and consultation on patent strategy and portfolio management.

J.D.'s passion for business and technology started well before he began his legal career. J.D. worked as an engineer at Boeing for nearly 10 years. J.D. spent his time at Boeing in payloads design, regulatory compliance, systems integration and project management on the new 787 airplane. J.D. brings this experience earned at the cutting edge of technology to his clients by recognizing the complexities and subtleties of the problems being solved today.

Academically, J.D. has earned a law degree and an MBA from Seattle University. J.D. earned his law degree in the evening program, while working full-time at Boeing. He focused his coursework on intellectual property law and clinic courses where he applied his newfound knowledge to help small businesses. Even so, J.D. found time to take a leadership role as the secretary for the Intellectual Property Law Society at the University and to study for and pass the Patent Bar while in law school. Prior to starting his legal education, J.D. earned his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Washington and then an MBA from the Albers School of Business at Seattle University where he focused on entrepreneurship and lean operations management.

J.D. is a member of the King County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association, where he is an active member in the Intellectual Property Law sections. J.D. is also a licensed professional engineer through the state of WA in industrial engineering. Outside the office, J.D. offers pro-bono legal services to the Washington CASH organization in South Seattle, who helps those with little to no means with their business startup ideas. J.D. is admitted to practice in Washington State, and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. J.D. is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

From the small mill-town of Camas, Washington, J.D. hasn't always lived in the big city. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, running, and playing his favorite sports flag football and basketball.


Bar Number: 48159
Washington, 2014


Seattle University
Juris Doctor, 2014

Maki Imakura

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Maki Imakura is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who is excited to work with entrepreneurs and business working on cutting-edge technology. She received a B.S. in Cellular & Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Washington. Maki received her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law. Maki draws on her technical background in life sciences research and experiences with drug discovery involving large data sets and collaboration to provide a unique perspective for clients on their technology and intellectual property needs.

During her scientific career, Maki worked in the fields of cancer research and drug discovery. Maki conducted research in labs at the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, and Rosetta Inpharmatics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. She worked on analyzing mutants of the HIV-1 vpr gene for the gene's involvement in nuclear import and export. Maki's industry experience focused on the area of oncology and developing expertise in automation and high-throughput techniques, leading to developing and running Merck's first genome-scale siRNA screen.

Maki has experience conducting patentability searches, freedom to operate analyses, and infringement risk analyses. She has drafted patent applications for computer software and hardware methods and various devices. In addition, Maki has also managed patent portfolio activities by outside counsel and assisted with drafting opinion letters.

Maki is admitted to practice in Washington State, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Maki is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Daniel Cole

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Daniel Cole is a patent attorney who loves helping inventors bring their ideas to life in the marketplace. With a degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, a degree in Biochemistry from Wake Forest, and experience in patenting simple mechanical inventions he brings a broad perspective to patenting your invention.

At Wake Forest, Daniel worked in enzyme kinetics and structure. Helping to elucidate the kinetics of TREX2 a 3' to 5' DNA exonuclease and prove that its two active sites worked in tandem, he gained experience with enzymatic assays and mutagenesis. Legally he has performed patentability and freedom to operate analysis, and written patents and office action responses.

Daniel's passion for science started in elementary school where he quickly read all of the science books in his school library and made his mother lug many armfuls of science books home from the public library. His love of science and respect for scientists and inventors of all types infuses all aspects of his work.

Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina Daniel is a member of the Orange County and the North Carolina State bar association. He also volunteers with NC Leap helping low wealth entrepreneurs.

Having grown up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Daniel hopes to introduce his colleagues to sweet tea, biscuits, grits, and barbeque. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, swimming, reading science fiction and fantasy, as well as spoiling his cat Sunshine.

John Anh

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John (Hyungsoo) Ahn is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who loves ingenuity. He hopes to advance innovation by helping creative entrepreneurs and businesses thrive in their respective fields. John received his B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside and his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law.

John has experience drafting patent applications for laser systems and various military devices during his time working at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He also has experience responding to office actions for various trademark applications and receiving favorable outcomes.

John is registered to practice in the state of California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In his spare time, John enjoys running with his dog, writing music, playing soccer with friends, keeping up to date with personal tech devices, and going to karaoke bars.

Shannon Stahl

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Shannon Yen Stahl is a registered patent attorney who would like to advance innovation by helping creative entrepreneurs and businesses thrive in their respective endeavors. Shannon received her B.S. from Tamkang University School of Engineering, a M.S. in computer software from Carnegie Mellon University, and a J.D. from Lincoln Law School.

Based in Palo Alto, California, the heart of Silicon Valley, Shannon is a veteran engineer in the computer industry, where she discovered a passion for the field of Intellectual Property (IP). Shannon is an active member of California Bar and is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is currently pursuing her LL.M. in the IP program of Santa Clara University School of Law.

Shannon had worked as a software engineer with a deep understanding of the technologies of various Silicon Valley companies: Cadence, National Semiconductor,, Mentor Graphics, Sun Microsystems, and Altera Corp. During Shannon's legal career, serving clients from Fortune 500 companies to solo inventors, she has developed skills in conducting prior art searches, patentability analysis, patent validity and infringement analysis for litigation, and drafting and prosecuting patent applications for diverse technologies such as software, wireless connectivity, user interface, video enhancement algorithms, internet technologies, mobile applications, and semiconductor devices.

Shannon enjoys her family life with her husband, daughter, and cat. In her spare time she also likes cooking for families & friends, volunteering in church activities, and pursuing various hobbies such as reading, painting, long distance jogging, and traveling.

Derek Clements

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Derek Clements is a registered patent attorney who loves innovation. With a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University, a Juris Doctor and Intellectual Property Certificate from The John Marshall Law School, and experience in patenting mechanical inventions, he brings extensive IP knowledge to patenting your invention.

Through Derek's experience at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, he worked to conduct prior art searches, conduct substantive examinations of the patent description and claims, and formulated USPTO Office Action rejections under 35 USC 101,102,103, and 112.

At the John Marshall Law School Patent Clinic, Derek interviewed indigent inventors, wrote and prosecuted provisional and nonprovisional (utility) patent applications, and assisted inventors in seeking copyright and trademark protections.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Derek is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and the Chicago Bar Association. He also volunteers with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services helping low-income families save their homes from foreclosure.

Derek is registered to practice in the state of Illinois and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In his spare time, Derek enjoys rooting for his beloved Colts, reading tech blogs, watching movies, and spending time with his family and friends.

Christopher Mayle

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Christopher Mayle is a patent attorney who loves creativity and helping inventors bring their ideas to life. Christopher received a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in biomechanical engineering from the University of Florida as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois.
During his time in law school, Christopher was a member in the Intellectual Property Society and Black Law Students Association. He also participated in Intellectual Property moot court. He worked at the University of Illinois General counsel, where he worked on various matters revolving trademark, copyright, and contracts. He also worked at a law firm drafting legal memoranda for trademark matters.

Christopher is a member of the Florida Bar and Hillsborough County Bar Association. He enjoys running in various 5ks and half marathons, playing tennis and racquetball and creating short stories.

Jeffrey Lubin

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Jeffrey Lubin is a patent attorney who over the years has come to appreciate that the inventor/attorney relationship, including regular communication, is the most fundamental key to success. First admitted as an attorney in 2007, and registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2009, he brings a blend of technical and legal expertise to his practice.

After earning a degree in chemistry in the 1990s, he went to work in the pharmaceutical industry for 5 years before beginning law school. Through his work as a R&D scientist, primarily involved with the development of pain management and anti-anxiety medications with various formulations and delivery methods, he honed both his scientific fluency and technical skills.

At Cardozo Law School, Jeffrey finished in the top of his class, was an editor of the Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal, and earned a concentration in Intellectual Property Law. He then began an exciting legal career with a focus on both patents and litigation. As an experienced litigator, he approaches every patent application with an eye towards a likelihood of having to enforce it years down the road.

In addition to being registered with the USPTO, Jeffrey is admitted to practice in 3 States, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, he practices in each. He also provides pro-bono legal services to his local synagogue where he actively volunteers as an officer and member of its board of directors.

James French

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Based out of downtown Manhattan, New York City, James French brings together a unique constellation of skills and experiences to his practice as an electrical engineering and computer science-focused patent attorney. James is particularly excited to work with Bold IP assisting individual and small business inventors working on innovative new personal electronic devices. James brings Bold IP diverse competencies and familiarity with programming, software development, and graphic, web, and video design.

Prior to Bold IP, James gained unique insight into trauma and injury medicine through his work representing claimants who sustained work-related injuries, developing a familiarity with pain management medical technologies and an interest in studying the law surrounding generic pharmaceutical patents. A graduate of the University of Idaho where he undertook intensive electrical engineering studies at one of the finest departments of its kind. James studied intellectual property at New York Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate. Before becoming admitted to practice before the USPTO as a registered patent attorney, James subsequently undertook additional study of advanced computer science topics at the State University of New York including cryptographic systems.

James also brings a passion for supporting women and minority inventors as an extension to a decade of work for social justice causes, including domestic violence victim advocacy and gender equality; in addition to his Bachelors and Juris Doctor James also holds a minor in Women's Studies. When not working James enjoys spending time with his wife and son, meditating, playing computer games, and working on computer projects such as jury-rigging DIY VR headsets.

Houda El-Jarrah

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Houda El-Jarrah brings many years of experience as an attorney with a focus on intellectual property law. She particularly enjoys working with entrepreneurs, start up companies, and solo inventors in protecting their proprietary ideas and information.

Houda is a registered patent attorney. She is also licensed to practice law in the state of Texas. She graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization in Environmental Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX. During her undergraduate degree, Houda worked as an intern engineer at GE Power Systems in Dallas, TX. Houda went on to earn her Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University in 2005. In 2011, she received her L.L.M in Intellectual Property and Information Law in 2011 from the University of Houston.

Houda brings a diverse background having worked in many areas of intellectual property, business, and other branches of the law as well. She has drafted numerous patent applications (both utility and design) in various fields having different subject matters, including computer and software, business methods, oil and gas, consumer electronics and home goods, lighting, and more. She has had the pleasure to work with all types of clients that range from large fortune 500 companies to small and micro enterprises.

Houda also has extensive working knowledge and experience in filing trademarks and providing trademark prosecution. She has also successfully negotiated a number of trademark settlement agreements on behalf of her clients. Her portfolio of work further includes preparation of contract agreements, such as Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements that focus on protecting a company or individual's proprietary information. In addition to the above, Houda has experience in conducting prior art searches and providing opinions for patents, trademarks, and has worked on many other types of legal matters as well, including copyright law. Houda greatly enjoys spending time getting to know her clients, their inventions and products, and is dedicated to achieving the best result and outcome for each client.

Based in the great state of Texas, in Houston, she is a member of a number of local organizations, and volunteers her time regularly with a variety of non-profit groups. In her spare time, Houda loves to cook and travel with her friends and family, cycling, learning new languages, and exploring local design and antique stores.

Amando Ruiz

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Amando Ruiz is a patent attorney who loves innovation and has a passion for Intellectual Property Law. He received a degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, Amando went on to work as an engineer for a major global dredging company in their mechanical engineering department. Amando completed construction projects all throughout the coasts of the United States. From shipping channel maintenance, beach nourishment, to land reclamation, the projects ranged in value from $1 Million to excess of $500 Million.

Amando soon developed a passion for the law and attended South Texas College of Law Houston. While in law school, Amando expanded his interest in Intellectual Property Law. He was an active member of the school's Intellectual Property Law Society. He earned his JD in 2015 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas that same year. Amando was then admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2016.

At the South Texas College of Law Houston's Patent Law Clinic Amando worked with inventors in the prosecution of their inventions. He has also worked with clients in obtaining trademarks for their products or businesses. With experience in the mechanical arts, Amando brings extensive IP knowledge to patenting your invention.

Amando lives in Houston with his wife Leticia and their daughter Delilah. He enjoys traveling, playing sports, and never misses a chance to cheer on Saturdays for his Texas Longhorns.

Wooshik Shim

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Wooshik Shim is a registered patent attorney. Wooshik received his B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Seoul National University, and J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is an active member of the Illinois Bar and is also registered before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Wooshik is passionate about all things patents.

Wooshik is an expert in prior art searches and patentability analysis. He has reviewed and produced Written Opinions on hundreds of PCT patent applications. A number of cases he reviewed came from diverse areas of science and engineering, including: optics, mechanical engineering, micro-electromechanical systems, chemistry, electric engineering, medical devices and computer science. Wooshik has worked with inventions originating from renowned research universities, Fortune 500 companies, multinational companies and individual inventors.

Before becoming an attorney, Wooshik was a researcher, specializing in optical physics. In his postdoctoral researcher career at the University of Texas at Austin, he worked on researching the fundamental physical properties of quantum systems using ultracold atoms.

Based in Los Angeles, California, he enjoys his family life with his wife and two sons. In his spare time he likes to play with his cat and dog, read history books, listen to classical music and fiddle with fountain pens. One of his dreams is transforming his garage into an electronics lab and making hi-fi audio systems.

Brett Prieur

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Brett Prieur is a registered United States Patent and Trademark attorney based in Miami, Florida. Brett received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and his B.S. from the Arizona State University College of Engineering.

As an aeronautical engineering major and certified private pilot, Mr. Prieur's background is rooted in the aviation industry. Prior to his career in patent law, Brett practiced for several years as an aviation attorney in New York City, representing aircraft manufacturers, airlines, and airports on a wide variety of legal issues. Additionally, he has direct business experience working within the aircraft aftermarket space.

For Mr. Prieur, the allure of the patent field stems from an acute interest in invention and innovation. Having had significant personal experience in the entrepreneurial realm, Brett has a strong passion for working with entrepreneurs and small businesses during the nascent stages of their development.

In his free time, Brett enjoys being on the water: boating, kayaking, swimming, and occasionally catching a fish.

Irene Sulaiman

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Irene Sulaiman is a business and intellectual property attorney with international experience. She loves to work and assist businesses and individuals with their legal needs. She has experience in intellectual property and technology licensing, contracts, as well as copyright and trademark registrations.

Irene began her legal career practicing in diverse legal practice areas for several years. Realizing how she thrives in the transactional setting, she focuses her practice in the areas of intellectual property and business transactions. Her broad legal experience gives her a better understanding of a client's legal situation, allowing her to apply her breadth of expertise and knowledge to provide effective legal services.

Irene has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arizona with dual majors in Management Information Systems and Finance. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas with a certification in International Trade & Finance. To further her interests in intellectual property and software law, she pursued her Master of Laws degree at the University of California, Berkeley and earned dual certifications in Law & Technology and Energy & Clean Technology. Irene is a member of International Association of Privacy Professionals and a Certified Information Privacy Professional, US (CIPP/US).

In her free time, Irene enjoys reading a good book and playing board games with her family.

Greggory Dawson

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Greggory Dawson is an intellectual property attorney who enjoys advancing innovation by helping entrepreneurs, inventors, start-ups, and established companies commercialize their new technologies, and protect their intellectual property rights.

Greggory has experience negotiating and drafting patent license agreements and trademark license agreements, conducting patentability searches and trademark searches, filing trademark registration applications, and conducting freedom to operate analyses for clients in New York, Washington, and the United Kingdom.

Greggory received his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, and he is admitted to practice in Washington State and New York.

Greggory also enjoys hiking, fishing, running, playing video games, and travelling to new places with his wife.

Jackie Barrett-Smith

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Jacqueline (Jackie) Barrett-Smith is an intellectual property attorney who is passionate about encouraging and protecting creativity, and is excited to be a part of shaping intellectual property law as it continually evolves.

Jackie has worked under contract to Amazon as a Notice and Takedown Investigator, processing Trademark, Copyright, and Rights of Publicity complaints. Additionally, Jackie serves as a Public Defender in the City of Auburn.

Jackie graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School in Orange County, California, and is licensed to practice in both Washington State and California. Jackie was an Intellectual Property Law Fellow at Whittier Law School and received a Certification in Intellectual Property Law as well as a CALI award in Copyright.

Personally, Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, and Is happy to be back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She also enjoys yoga, running, hiking, cooking, real estate, reading and the beach.

Hank Dixon

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Henry (Hank) Dixon is an attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses succeed. Hank provides general counsel legal advice and services to start-ups and established businesses.

Hank has over 20 years of legal, corporate, and government experience. He served as General Counsel at AIS, a satellite communications company. Hank also has private sector experience in the energy industry, and he has worked on Wall Street. He served as Senior Counsel at Shell Oil and Shell Wind Energy, and as a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase.

Hank attended the University of California, Berkeley and earned a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned a JD from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law. Hank is admitted to practice in Washington State. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association and the National Bar Association. Hank has engaged in Pro-Bono legal work at the Southwest Legal Clinic in West Seattle, and he serves on the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics Committee.

Hank enjoys spending time with his family and friends, running, cycling, playing basketball and traveling.

J.D. Houvener

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