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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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Of Counsel
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, Joanne designed and managed avionics computer systems and equipment projects. She holds a master’s degree in business administration.

Practice Highlights

Joanne has experience as a registered patent attorney in addition to:
  • Drafting and negotiating software as a service agreements, patent licensing agreements, software licensing agreements, hardware procurement agreements, manufacturing agreements, service agreements, development agreements and other technology agreements
  • Advising companies regarding risks when using and distributing open source software
  • Performing open source software IP due diligence in mergers and acquisitions
  • Acting as general counsel for and providing advice to standards development organizations
  • Drafting standards development organizations’ governance documents
  • Advising companies regarding participation in various standards setting organizations

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

  • Co-chair, Open Source Committee, Section of Science and Technology, 2013-present; Member, 2009-present – American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Standards and Open Source Committee, 2014-2017; Member, 2009-present – American Intellectual Property Law Association

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to "Washington Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2017