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Heather Colburn helps clients protect their investments by translating their inventions into valuable patents. She has experience prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in many technology areas including a broad range of software applications, electrical and mechanical devices, medical devices used to treat and diagnose human patients, business methods, mobile applications, telecommunications, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS devices). She prepares patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions and has litigation experience with cases involving patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and copyright infringement. Heather’s experience includes graduate coursework in MEMS, micro and nanofabrication, self-assembly of nanoscale objects and devices, signal processing, including image analysis and processing, computer and wireless networking, information theory, and machine learning.
Experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications directed toward inventions ranging from quantum computing methods to pet leash accessories.
Experience preparing and prosecuting design applications that protect a product’s unique appearance.
Experience helping patent owners enforce their patent rights as well as helping clients determine whether they might be infringing on someone else's patent.
Admitted to Practice
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 2006
J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2001, summa cum laude
- Seattle University Law Review
B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Iowa, 1994
Memberships & Affiliations
- Washington State Patent Law Association
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
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