Kolisch Hartwell, P.C.

Kolisch Hartwell, P.C.

Kolisch Hartwell, P.C. is a full-service intellectual property (IP) law firm

Firm Overview

Attentive. Accessible. Agile.

Kolisch Hartwell, P.C. is a full-service intellectual property (IP) law firm serving clients from offices in Portland, Oregon and Palo Alto, California. For 65 years we have maintained a high-performing, highly experienced team of attorneys, patent agents and technical consultants, building a respected reputation for a full range of services in patent, copyright, trade secret, and trademark law.

We protect, license, and litigate IP rights for a broad range of clients from individual inventors and startups to high-visibility Fortune 500 brands and internationally-based companies. We maintain the technical depth and legal experience to handle any matter within the realm of intellectual property law, while remaining small enough to avoid the high overhead costs of a big firm.

An IP law firm with something more.

With advanced degrees and backgrounds in technology and science, our attorney team possesses deep and complementary technical skills and expertise in the diverse industries we represent and a forward-thinking awareness of industry trends that helps ensure our clients' success.

Our depth of knowledge means that our attorney group can handle any IP matter. At the same time, because we are more agile than large law firms, we have the ability to quickly and efficiently prioritize and address client needs as they arise and the flexibility to keep costs competitive.

Attentive, accessible, and agile, we're more than just an IP law firm. We believe in building partnerships with our clients that spark innovation and potential while protecting their interests. Communication without surprises is our goal, and we strive to create and maintain long-term relationships as trusted legal advisors with clients at all stages of growth.

An Experienced IP Team.

Kolisch Hartwell brings a deep knowledge and long history of success in intellectual property law to each client experience. For example:

We have represented clients in state and federal courts around the country, including dozens of times before the Circuit Courts of Appeal and U.S. Supreme Court.

We have obtained many thousands of patents and trademark registrations for our clients in the U.S. and around the world.

We have extensive experience acting as de facto IP general counsel for small and mid-sized companies.
We have worked with foreign attorneys to enforce our clients' IP rights in many other countries.

We have decades of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, and have systems in place to receive and efficiently perform work managed by in-house counsel at large corporations.
Main Office
Main Office
520 SW Yamhill
Suite 200
Portland  OR  97204
  • (503) 224-6655

Other Offices

Palo Alto, California
260 Sheridan Avenue
Suite 200
Palo Alto,  CA  94306
Kolisch Hartwell, P.C.
520 SW Yamhill St
Portland,  OR  97204
Main Office
520 SW Yamhill St
Portland,  OR  97204
Other Office
260 Sheridan Ave # 200
Palo Alto,  CA  94306
Main Office
520 SW Yamhill St, Suite 200
260 Sheridan Ave, Suite 200 Palo Alto, Ca 94306
Portland,  OR  97204
Main Office
520 SW Yamhill St, Suite 200, Street Suite 200
Portland,  OR  97204
Main Office
520 SW Yamhill Street, Suite 200
Portland,  OR  97204
Main Office
520 SW Yamhill Street, Suite 200
Portland,  OR  97204
Main Office
520 SW Yamhill St, Suite 200, Street Suite 200
Portland,  OR  97204
Kolisch Hartwell Intellectual Property Attorneys
Kolisch Hartwell is a Portland, Oregon-based intellectual property law firm providing accessible, cost-effective and expert patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret services to a broad range of clientele throughout the United States and around the world. Our highly skilled and experienced team of attorneys delivers comprehensive IP law solutions that foster innovation and creativity while protecting clients' investments and growth in an ever-evolving global technology landscape.

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

At Kolisch Hartwell, we believe that invention, discovery, and creativity serve the greater good and deserve public protection and private reward. We respect our clients both as individuals and as businesses because we know that they are applying their inspiration and intelligence to benefit themselves and others. We are committed as an intellectual property law firm to protecting our clients' ideas because we believe it benefits our society as a whole.

Client relationships that foster innovation and creativity.

Our central goal is to provide accessible, cost-effective, expert IP legal services. We establish and maintain long-term relationships with our clients, fostering innovation and creativity. We consistently achieve our aim through:

Our size and location, which allow us to keep rates lower than other firms with our capabilities.

Our ability to be responsive and flexible, providing all clients with partner-level communication and services.

The dedication, depth and breadth of technical experience and expertise of our team of attorneys, patent agents and technical consultants.

A practice that is complimentary, not compartmentalized, allowing our attorneys and staff to leverage their deep experience in all areas of IP.

We believe the combination of extreme technical depth and successful litigation experience Kolisch Hartwell offers is extremely rare for a firm of our size, and we are dedicated to providing our clients a consistently positive experience.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Why choose Kolisch Hartwell?

Trusted Legal Talent
Extraordinary IP Counsel
Extreme Technical Depth
Successful Litigation Track Record
Help Companies of All Sizes
Manageable Rates
We Love What We Do
A Positive Experience
Result = Win + Win

Kolisch Hartwell looks forward to discussing how we can help with your intellectual property legal needs!

Peter Sabido

Peter Sabido is an intellectual property attorney and partner at Kolisch Hartwell whose practice includes obtaining, licensing, and enforcing patent, trademark, copyright, and trade-secret rights for his clients. His practice also includes analyzing and opining on the patentability and right-to-manufacture of inventions, the validity and infringement of patents, and the usability and registrability of trademarks and service marks. Peter supports clients from our Portland office and from our Bay Area office in Palo Alto, California. In July 2013, Peter was named a Rising Star by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, recognizing him as one of the top intellectual property attorneys in the state.

Prior to his legal career, Peter was a senior engineer at Intel Corporation. At Intel, Peter assisted in the start-up of the Ronler Acres campus, the home of Intel's next generations of microprocessors. He also performed process hazard analyses on several waste collection and treatment systems, and reviewed and ensured proper environmental management of over 700 chemicals. Additionally, Peter was a consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc., where he performed safety reviews of various chemical, petroleum, and municipal facilities.
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College
    J.D. , 2003
    Magna cum laude
  • University of Southern California
    M.S. - Safety and Health , 1995
  • University of Southern California
    M.S. - Environmental Engineering , 1995
  • University of Southern California
    B.S. - Chemical Engineering , 1990

Shawn Kolitch, Ph.D.

Intellectual Property Attorney, Shawn Kolitch, focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, opinion work, and patent prosecution strategy relating to high-tech industries and emerging technologies.

Shawn also maintains a strong interest in criminal and Constitutional issues, and in the areas of overlap between science and the law. He has served as a scientific expert in both criminal and federal bankruptcy cases, as pro bono counsel for prisoners bringing civil rights complaints against the state, and as defense counsel in disciplinary actions brought by the Oregon State Bar.

For the past six consecutive years (from 2011-2016), Shawn has been recognized as one of Oregon's top 2.5% of up-and-coming attorneys by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, which has named him to its Rising Stars list. He was selected for a Lifetime Achievement Award in Marquis Who's Who for 2018, which is comprised of the top 3% of professionals in the world.

Prior to attending law school, Shawn spent seven years as a physics professor. During that time, he taught physics and pursued his research interests at several colleges and universities, including California Polytechnic State University, the University of Oregon, and Lewis & Clark College. Shawn's physics research focused mostly on theoretical gravitational physics, and specifically on the application of gravitational theory to the formation and evolution of the universe. His particular specialization involved modeling the possible behavior of the universe under both classical and quantum extensions of Einstein's theory of general relativity.

Shawn has authored numerous publications in the areas of theoretical physics, physics education, Constitutional law, and intellectual property law, and has presented his work at conferences and seminars around the United States. He has received several awards for his research, teaching, and academic achievements.
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College
    J.D. , 2006
    Associate Editor, Environmental Law
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    Ph.D. , 1996
    Field of specialization: classical and quantum gravitational theory, Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher 1990-1991, Eardley Prize, Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, 1995
  • Columbia University
    M.S. - Applied Physics , 1990
  • Columbia University
    B.S. - Applied Mathematics , 1989
    With honors and distinction

Dave Bourgeau

Dave Bourgeau is an Intellectual Property attorney whose practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. Dave also works on litigation issues and supports clients from our Portland office. With a strong technical background in industrial and nuclear engineering, as well as extensive practical experience in manufacturing and business, Dave is happy to support clients on a broad array of both technical and non-technical matters.
Prior to graduating from law school, Dave worked as a nuclear power-trained officer in the U.S. Navy, where he was in charge of reactor controls and electrical systems, and as an engineer and manager in the automotive, shipping, and food industries, focusing mainly on manufacturing systems and equipment, software application development, process design, project management, root cause analysis, and complex planning.
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
    Intellectual Property Law Certificate; Evening Student Award; Gantenbein Scholar; Articles Editor on the Lewis & Clark Law Review
  • University of Michigan
    Scabbard and Blade Honor Society

Thomas J. (T.J.) Romano

T.J. Romano, a partner in Kolisch Hartwell, focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling. He represents both domestic and international clients on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters in a wide array of technology areas and industries. T.J. spent six months working from Munich, Germany alongside European colleagues to gain a better understanding of the European intellectual property laws and business marketplace.
Prior to law school, T.J. worked in business strategy consulting in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical-device industries. He also worked in business development for a company that develops business-operations software for healthcare providers. During law school, he clerked for a business and litigation firm in Eugene, Oregon, and worked for a jury consultant.
  • University of Oregon School of Law
    J.D. , 2005
    Editor on the Oregon Law Review, Member of the Moot Court Board. Order of the Coif
  • Tufts University
    B.S. - Chemistry , 1998
    cum laude

James Abney, Ph.D.

James Abney, Ph.D., is an intellectual property attorney with a strong interdisciplinary background in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. He has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent and trademark prosecution, due diligence, opinion work, licensing, enforcement, and portfolio management. He has worked with individual inventors, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies. He is particularly proud of his work with startups, from founding through IPOs and acquisition. James also is a skilled researcher who can connect with inventors as a peer, especially in the fields of biotechnology, optics, and medical devices. He was the featured Biophysicist in Profile in the September 2012 Biophysical Society newsletter.

James has a deep and continuing involvement in scientific research and education. After earning a Ph.D. in biophysics, he worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), where he was supported by an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, and at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) medical school. He also has taught several college courses, mostly since moving to Portland, including calculus and general physics.

James's research has focused on molecular organization and dynamics in biological systems, using a combination of theory, computer simulation, and experiment. Two more recent projects include studying chromatin dynamics in interphase nuclei of Swiss 3T3 and HeLa cells using fluorescence photobleaching techniques, and studying secretory granule dynamics in PC12 cells using optical microscopy, a tissue plasminogen activator/green fluorescent protein hybrid, and diffusion theory. James has been a frequent collaborator with his wife, Bethe Scalettar. Their most recent project, on teaching optical microscopy, was published in August 2015 in the American Journal of Physics.

James enjoys hiking, running, watching classic movies, and caring for wayward animals.
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
    J.D. , 1997
    Moe M. Tonkon Scholarship /Dean's Fellowship for Excellence, Associate Editor, Law Review
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Ph.D. , 1987
    Regents' Fellowship, Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award
  • University of California, Irvine
    B.S. - Physics , 1981
    Phi Beta Kappa, Regents' Scholarship, Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Honor Society)
  • University of California, Irvine
    B.S. - Biology , 1981
    Cum laude, President's Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Pierre Van Rysselberghe

Pierre Van Rysselberghe, a partner with Kolisch Hartwell, is an intellectual property attorney with over 20 years of experience in the full spectrum of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade-secret law. Pierre focuses his practice on global IP portfolio development for growing businesses, helping clients to develop IP strategies to support their domestic and international business goals. Pierre provides opinions and counseling to clients regarding obtaining and protecting IP rights through negotiation, licensing, and litigation in the U.S. and foreign countries.
  • Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco
    J.D. , 1989
    Achievement award for excellence in law and technology
  • U.C. Berkeley and University of Oregon
    Graduate Courses , 1983
  • Pomona College
    B.A. - Chemistry , 1980

Kimberly Fisher

Kimberly Fisher is an intellectual property attorney whose practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters. Kimberly also assists clients in litigation and enforcement matters. She is committed to helping clients accomplish their goals and protecting their intellectual property now and in the future. She supports clients in a broad range of technology from our Portland office.
Prior to attending law school, Kimberly worked as research associate at a biotechnology company helping to develop innovative flavor enhancers using proprietary assay systems and robotic liquid handlers, with a focus on the chemistry product development, which included high-throughput screening and optimization of key compounds. During law school, she clerked for a criminal defense attorney where she assisted in complex federal cases.
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • National University
    M.S. - Forensic Science , 2004
  • Grand Canyon University
    B.S. - Biology , 2001
    Deans List 2001

David Cooper

David grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and received his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1980 from Marquette University. After working in Denver, Colorado as a chemist in the plastics and materials science industry, David received his J.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin. He joined Kolisch Hartwell in that year, and in 1994 became a partner. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to practice law in the following courts: Oregon, 1988; the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, 1988; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, and the Oregon Patent Law Association, for which he served as Secretary-Treasurer in 1989-1990 and as President in 1990-1991.

David's practice includes all aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) law. His patent work focuses on chemical, materials science, medical, software, and mechanical technologies. He also helps clients acquire IP protection for aesthetic, or "look," features of their technology and products, including design patents, and trademark and copyright registrations. He also has substantial experience in enforcement and defense IP litigation, and in IP licensing.

David is and has been active in many civic, community and educational organizations, including the French American International School, the City Club of Portland, the Portland section of the American Chemical Society and Banyan Research and Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that developed devices enabling disabled people to live independently. From 2000-2003, he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the French American International School of Portland, Oregon, a native-language-immersion elementary school.
  • University of Wisconsin
    J.D. , 1987
  • Marquette University
    B.S. - Chemistry , 1980

Owen Dukelow

Owen Dukelow is an intellectual property attorney who prepares and prosecutes patent and trademark applications in the mechanical and electrical arts, including computer science, Internet technologies, and renewable energy, and in particular wind energy. Owen handles intellectual property litigation in Federal District Courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Owen locally supports clients from both our Portland office and our Bay Area office in Palo Alto, California.

After graduation from the Ohio Institute of Technology, Owen worked as an engineer at Rockwell International, where he developed computer models of digital and analog circuits used to design advanced military aircraft. At Rockwell, he was responsible for systems engineering, ground tests, and trouble-shooting of an upgrade to the U.S. and Australian Air Force's F-111 fighter/bomber. His work included integrating a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) receiver and a ring-laser gyro navigation unit with updated displays and controls.

Owen studied law while continuing to work full-time as an engineer. At the McGeorge School of Law, he was chosen to serve as a staff writer and articles editor for the Pacific Law Journal. He also won the American Jurisprudence award in his class in Constitutional Law. After joining Kolisch Hartwell, Owen undertook a diverse practice in both prosecution and litigation. He was on the brief in the precedential opinion from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, reported in Acco Brands, Inc. v. Micro Security Devices, Inc., 346 F.3d 1075 (2003).
  • University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
    J.D. , 1996
    With great distinction
    McGeorge Chapter of the Order of the Coif
  • Ohio Institue of Technology in Columbus
    B.S. - Electrical Engineering Technology , 1982

John McCormack

John McCormack was born in Palo Alto, California, on April 13, 1944. He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University in 1967. John is a 1973 graduate of the American University Law School in Washington, D.C. While attending law school, he worked as an Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. John was on law review and was a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award.
After graduation, he joined an intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C. and worked there until 1976, when he joined the Kolisch Hartwell firm. He has dedicated the major portion of his practice to trademark litigation and prosecution and assisting clients in obtaining patents in the mechanical arts. John is one of the few trademark attorneys ever to have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. He represented the respondent in Park 'N Fly, Inc. v. Dollar Park and Fly, Inc. He has argued cases before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, recently securing affirmance of a judgment of noninfringement on behalf of the defendant in the patent case of ACCO Brands, Inc. v. Micro Security Devices, Inc., et al. in 2003.

John is an adjunct professor of law at all three law schools in the state of Oregon: the University of Oregon School of Law, Willamette University College of Law and the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, where he teaches patent law and policy, trademark and unfair competition law, copyright law, and intellectual property licensing. He has authored articles on patent law that have appeared in the Oregon Intellectual Property Law Newsletter, and is presently completing an article for publication in the Willamette Law Review that will analyze intellectual property cases decided by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. John is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property and Oregon Patent Law Associations, the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California. He is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is a past President of the Oregon Patent Law Association. John is fluent in Spanish.
  • American University Law School
    J.D. , 1973
  • Oregon State University
    B.S. - Mechanical Engineering , 1967

Edward Anderson

Ed Anderson is an intellectual property attorney active in preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international applications for patents and trademarks. He has extensive experience in many technical arts, with emphasis in the electrical, electronic, and computer arts. He regularly counsels clients on licensing, transfers, freedom to operate, enforcement, trade secrets, and copyrights. He provides strategic planning for enterprises at all stages of development. Ed supports clients from our Portland office and from our Bay Area office in Palo Alto, California.

Ed has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property law. He began his IP career with Kolisch, Hartwell & Dickinson and helped establish our Palo Alto office to serve California and the Silicon Valley. Ed's extensive experience inside and outside the legal field over the years allows him to excel in his treatment of many technical fields, including:
- Computers, computer peripherals, software, networks, and data processing
- Telecommunications including radio-frequency (RF) systems for circuits and transmission-line structures
- Digital and analog signal processing
- Security management and RF passenger-screening systems
- Electronic devices and control systems
- Energy-conserving lighting systems and power supplies
- Millimeter-wave, magnetic, and digital imaging
- Internet-based commerce and business methods
- Medical, mechanical, forensic, and optical devices
- Radar signal processing.
In addition to serving established companies and individual inventors, he has assisted many start-up companies from conception through venture capital funding, acquisition, and IPO.
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College
    J.D. , 1980
  • Oregon State University
    M.S. - Management Science , 1971
  • Oregon State University
    B.S. - Electrical and Electronics Engineering , 1970

Charles DeVoe

Chuck DeVoe is an intellectual property attorney active in preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international applications for patents, copyrights, and trademarks. His practice also includes extensive experience resolving disputes for his clients via litigation, negotiation, and mediation with attorneys, companies, and individuals throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Europe.

Chuck is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking, and spending time with his wife and kids. Among his many accomplishments, Chuck bicycled across the country from Seattle to Washington, D.C.; climbed Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens; and led groups of teens on backpacking and other high mountain adventures in Oregon, Washington, and New Mexico.

Chuck's mechanical and aerospace engineering background and work experience allow him to work with a wide range of technologies, including mechanical devices, sensors, electronics, electromagnetic communication technologies, audio-visual media devices, computer programs, robotics and machine automation, pollution control technology, and building controls.

Before becoming an attorney, Chuck worked in the aerospace industry with adhesives and films used in hardening the sensitive electronics of satellites, computer systems, and other advanced electronic devices. He also worked with Honeywell in developing automated building control technologies, including fire suppression systems and electrical control systems.
  • William and Mary School of Law
    J.D. , 1993
    Intern. Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Princeton University
    B.S. - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering , 1985

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