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Ellen Bierman is a registered patent attorney specializing in software, Internet, business process, and computer-related patents, portfolio management and strategy, and litigation. She also develops presentations on intellectual property protection for clients, performs due diligence studies, and provides infringement and validity studies and opinions. Prior to joining LOWE GRAHAM JONES PLLC, Ellen prosecuted patents and counseled clients for over eighteen years at Seed Intellectual Property Law Group, where she was chair of the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Group from 2004-2009.

She received her A.B. in Arts and Sciences from Cornell University (1979) and her M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington (1981). Her graduate study included research in the areas of object-oriented computer architecture and network-based operating systems. She received a J.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Puget Sound, now Seattle University (1993), where she was an associate editor for the Law Review.

Ellen’s professional experience includes over ten years research and development and management experience at various companies, including Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Digital Equipment Corporation, and a start-up computer company. She has also owned her own company in user interface design and consulting. As a software professional, she has extensive expertise in the areas of operating systems, user interface design, and object-oriented software.

Ellen is admitted to the Washington State Bar (1993), U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Washington State Patent Law Association.

Practice Areas

Patent, trademark, and copyright matters in the software, Internet, and e-commerce fields, and related litigation.


  • J.D., University of Puget Sound (Seattle University) (1993)
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Washington (1981)
  • A.B., Arts and Sciences, Cornell University (1979)


  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Bar and Professional Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Patent Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Washington Technology Industry Association

Publications & Presentations

    Representative Presentations

    Various seminars developed for in-house client presentation

    Impact of the U.S. Patent Office’s New Proposed Rules for IDSes and the New Rules for Accelerated Examination on Potential Future Claims for Inequitable Conduct, Panel Speaker for the University of Washington’s Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP), High Technology Protection Summit, Washington CLE (2007)

    Co-Chair and Speaker on Warning Letters, Pre & Early Stage Patent Litigation, Washington CLE (2005)

    Co-taught and developed 3-day course for Software Patents, Procuring and Enforcing, 2000, Patent Resources Group, Florida, CLE (2000)

    Software Patents, 8th Annual Computer Law Conference, Law Seminars Int’l, Washington CLE (1997)

    Representative Journal Articles and Other Publications

    Co-author, Software Patents, Procuring and Enforcing, 2000, Patent Resources Group,Florida, April 2000

    Co-author, Litigation Issues on the Information Superhighway, presented at The Electronic Information Law Institute, BDA, San Francisco, CA, March 1995

    It Walks Like a Duck, Talks Like a Duck,… But Is It a Duck? Making Sense of Substantial Similarity Law as It Applies to User Interfaces, 16 U. of Puget Sound Law Rev. 1, 319, 1992


Ellen M. Bierman

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