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Mr. Graham is a registered patent attorney with experience in a wide array of intellectual property matters. He has perennially been named a Washington Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics, including the listing of the “Top 40” lawyers for Intellectual Property. For the past decade he has also been listed by Chambers USA as one of the Leading Lawyers in Washington for intellectual property law, and has been named among the World’s Leading Patent Litigators by IAM 250. He has extensive litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels, and has successfully argued cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, and many other courts. As a court-appointed special master, he has conducted claim construction hearings and issued written claim interpretations. Mr. Graham has participated in countless successful mediations on behalf of his clients, and is trained as a mediator within the Western District of Washington. He has authored numerous law review and journal articles on intellectual property law topics, many columns as an editorial board member and legal column editor for IEEE Software magazine, and a book entitled “Legal Battles that Shaped the Computer Industry.”  For more than a decade Mr. Graham has been an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law where he teaches patent litigation and patent prosecution. He has also taught at the Pepperdine University School of Business and has lectured at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a board member and past president of the Seattle Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.

Practice Areas

Patents, trademarks, copyrights and related litigation.


  • J.D., University of Washington, with honors (1995)
  • MBA, Pepperdine University (1990)
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy (1987)


  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • All Washington State Courts
  • Various admissions pro hac vice
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office



  • Lawrence D. Graham, Legal Battles that Shaped the Computer Industry, (Greenwood Press, 1999)

Editorial Boards & Columns

  • Editorial Board member and SoftLaw column editor for IEEE Software journal, 1998-2000
  • Keep Your Bots to Yourself, IEEE Software, Nov/Dec 2000, p. 106
  • The Legal Tortoise and the Technology Hare, IEEE Software, Sept/Oct 2000, p. 18
  • Debunking Software Patent Myths, IEEE Software, Jul/Aug 2000, p. 122
  • Recent Patent Reform Legislation, IEEE Software, May/Jun 2000, p. 101
  • Trademarks and Potholes on the Superhighway, IEEE Software, Sept/Oct 1999, p. 19
  • Act Quickly to Avoid Losing Patents, IEEE Software, Mar/Apr 1999, p. 33
  • Legal Implications of Operating Systems, IEEE Software, Jan/Feb 1999, p. 20

Journal Articles and Other Publications

  • Lawrence D. Graham, Make Trademark Protection a Priority for New Businesses, WSBA Business Section Newsletter, (Dec. 1999)
  • Lawrence D. Graham, The Personal Jurisdiction Effects of Infringement Warning Letters, 78 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 858 (1996)
  • Lawrence D. Graham & Richard O. Zerbe, Jr., Economically Efficient Treatment of Computer Software: Reverse Engineering, Protection, and Disclosure, 22 Rutgers Computer & Tech L. J. 61 (1996) (cited in numerous publications)
  • Richard O. Zerbe, Jr. & Lawrence D. Graham, Computer Software and Reverse Engineering: Decompilation as Fair Use, JEIDA Reverse Engineering Symposium, 1996
  • Lawrence D. Graham, Alaska, in State Trademark Law, (International Trademark Association 1996-98)
  • Lawrence D. Graham, Copyright Basics Part 1: Avoiding Copyright Infringement, Employee Development, Spring/Summer 1996
  • Lawrence D. Graham, Copyright Basics Part 2: Protecting Your Valuable Copyrights, Employee Development, Fall 1996
  • Lawrence D. Graham, Lost and Foundry: Forging a New Approach to Patent Licensing Agreements, 69 Washington Law Review 793 (1994) (cited in Worth Reading, Nat’l L. J., Feb. 13, 1995, at B13)
  • Lawrence D. Graham, Predicting Academic Success of Students in a Master of Business Administration Program, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Autumn, 1991
  • R.T. Goalwin, R.A. Williams, L.D. Graham, & Y.P. Loh, On-Orbit Performance Tests of DSCS III Receive MBA, IEEE MILCOMM, Spring, 1990


  • Numerous CLE and other presentations on intellectual property topics


  • Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 1999 to present. Courses taught:
    Patent Prosecution Lab
    Patent Litigation Lab
    Intellectual Property
    Patent Law
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, 1L Property
  • Guest Lecturer, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, 1997, SE 533, Software Contract Management
  • Assistant Professor, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California, 1990-1992. Courses taught:
    Business Statistics (MBA 671)
    Statistics and Research Methods (BSM 421)


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