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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2011
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2007

Joanne van Erp Montague

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Joanne van Erp Montague focuses on intellectual property law, emphasizing open source software and standards as well as technology licensing. She helps clients manage and protect their IP portfolios, offering them experience and knowledge in business and electrical engineering, as well as a solid educational background. In addition to having managed a small software development company, earlier in her career, Joanne designed and managed avionics computer systems and equipment projects. She holds a master’s degree in business administration.

Practice Highlights

Joanne has experience with the following:
  • Drafting and negotiating vendor agreements, patent licensing agreements, software licensing agreements, hardware procurement agreements, manufacturing agreements, and other technology agreements
  • Acting as general counsel for and providing advice to standards setting organizations
  • Analyzing scores of standards setting organizations' IPR policies for clients that participate in these organizations
  • Drafting and modifying bylaws, IPR policies, and other governance documents in connection with various standards setting organizations
  • Advising companies contemplating participation in various standards setting organizations
  • Advising companies regarding risks when using and distributing open source software
  • Benchmarking industry open source software risk mitigation strategies for a major information and communications technology company
  • Protecting clients' trademark and copyright portfolios via cease and desist letters

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, Woodcock Washburn LLP, Seattle, 2009-2010
  • Summer Associate, Woodcock Washburn LLP, Seattle, 2008
  • Director, Secretary and Treasurer, Montague Software Consulting, Inc., Bellevue, Wash., 2006-2010
  • Project Manager, Assistant Project Manager, Computer Systems, 1985-1989; Financial Analyst, Internal Controls, 1984; Project Engineer, Computer Systems, 1981-1983 – Delco Systems Operations, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association, Chair 2013 – Present, Open Source Committee, Section of Science and Technology; member 2009 – present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Vice Chair 2014 - present, Standards and Open Source Committee; member 2009 - present