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Firm Profile: Lane Powell PC
1420 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 4200
P.O. Box 91302
Seattle, WA 98111-1302, United States
Contact: Paul Swanson, Chair
Phone: 800.426.5801
Fax: 206.223.7107
Areas of Practice
  • Agriculture
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Class Action
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability
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Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

From Honeycrisp to SweeTango: How Apple Plant Patents Liberated the American Palate

Autumn spells and smells of apples. Nowadays, newly patented apple varieties promise to dazzle our taste buds anew as fall harvests come in from our nation’s orchards…more
 /  Intellectual Property

A Toxic Pairing: Discovery Misconduct and Juror Neuropsychology in a Plant Patent Trial

The most important plant patent trial of the early 21st century just took place in northern California. California Berry Cultivars v. The Regents of the University of California sorts out “stakeholder” rights associated with…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

How Intellectual Property Rights Shape Neuropsychological Demand for Orange Flavors

Oranges possess a special cachet in the American dream. Growing up in the baby-boomer era meant that you heard—“breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine”—thousands of times while watching rerun episodes of…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Wild Introgressions: The Tomato Genome’s Impact on Plant Patenting and Trademark Branding Prospects

Diana Kennedy, an intrepid chronicler of Mexican cuisine, describes cuatomates as “very small cherry tomatoes with an intense flavor and enormous amount of tiny seeds.” A potently flavored, tiny green tomatillo variety “grows…more
 /  Agriculture, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Palate Pleasing Zucchinis Dominate Squash Patenting

With Halloween over and Thanksgiving looming, recipes for butternut squash soup abound while caved-in pumpkin faces rot away in back alleys. For all their exotic shapes and colors, winter squashes remain tethered to autumnal…more
 /  Agriculture, Intellectual Property

GMO Food Labels, Our Emotions and the “Rationalist’s Delusion”

Politicians often referred to a 90% consumer preference for food labels signaling the existence of genetically modified ingredients—or GMOs as they are known—during this year’s congressional hearings regarding the now enacted…more
 /  Agriculture, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Patenting the Quest for a More Perfect Veggie Burger

When a food synthesizer first appeared on Star Trek: The Original Series, I looked upon it with awe and wonder. Its workings were never explained; but entire meals would emerge from it magically. Swanson’s frozen TV dinners were…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Compensating “Disgust”: Psychoanalyzing Emotional Distress Claims Involving Food Products

You’re a sheriff’s deputy and you’re hungry. You stop at the local Burger King drive-thru and order a Whopper with cheese. You often eat five meals a day—frequently at fast food restaurants—because you work night shifts. Yet,…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Products Liability

Starlet Marketing, Patenting and Branding of the California Artichoke

How do you tempt someone to trim, steam (or boil) artichokes and scrape spiny artichoke leaves with their front teeth? Here’s an easy answer. Crown a newly minted Marilyn Monroe as Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen in…more
 /  Agriculture, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

The Genetics of Gender Discrimination in Date Palm Patenting

You’re driving south out of Indio along the Grapefruit Boulevard towards Thermal and Mecca because their names sound promising.  A parched desert plain extends to your left, leading up to the austere ridgelines of Joshua Tree…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Patenting the Avocado: A California Story with a Classic Recipe

Guacamole and chips are the ultimate in Super Bowl Sunday comfort food nowadays. During the Panthers/Broncos game, the California Avocado Commission tweeted its own commentary, offering recipes that paired avocados with food…more
 /  Agriculture, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Novel Potato Chips: The Patentable Art of Processing Potatoes

During a 1911 journey—in which they would discover Machu Picchu—Hiram Bingham’s exploration party came across some native Peruvians who “lived almost entirely on gruel made from chuño, frozen bitter potatoes. Little else in…more
 /  Agriculture, Intellectual Property

Patenting the Potato: “Not All Taters are Created Equal”

Wearing a McDonald’s blue garrison-style hat—red hats signified management—I often worked at the french fry station during my pimply high school years in the 1970s. If you had asked me anything about the julienned potatoes I…more
 /  Agriculture, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Transgenic Salmon: A Primer on FDA Food Safety Regulations

When Meriwether Lewis tasted his first roasted morsel of a fresh Chinook salmon at a Shoshone camp along the Lemhi River (in modern day Idaho), he ate it with “very good relish.” It convinced him that “we were on the waters of…more
 /  Administrative Law, Agriculture, Science, Computers, & Technology

Assessing the Validity of Food Processing Patents, Post-Alice

Patent eligibility is in a state of flux. Software and business method innovations challenge the boundary of what is patentable under U.S. law. That dividing line is crossed when inventors claim exclusive rights in what really…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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