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Maria Anderson

Ms. Anderson joined the firm as a partner in the Seattle office in January 2008. Ms. Anderson has extensive experience in comprehensive, strategic client counseling in all aspects of intellectual property. She has been very active in the procurement of patent assets in the computer science and ecommerce fields since 1993, and thus, is a thought leader in the intellectual property field with respect to patent subject matter eligibility.

Ms. Anderson has extensive experience in developing patent and trademark portfolios and developing patent and trademark assets for a diverse group of clients, i.e., from startups to Fortune 100 companies.  Accordingly, Ms. Anderson has guided numerous clients from the earliest rounds of financing through initial public offering, and beyond.  Ms. Anderson also provides patent and trademark search analysis and advice for a wide variety of products and services, including medical devices, food and beverage products and cloud computing services.  She also counsels clients on patentability and infringement matters and develops comprehensive intellectual property programs for pre-litigation, licensing and enforcement purposes.

University of Texas – Austin, J.D.
University of Washington (UW), B.S., Mathematics, with Computer Science Concentration
State Bar of Washington
U.S. District Court – Western District of Washington
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Communications Technology

Cellular Networking & Communications

Internet Telephony


Wireless Local Area Networks

Consumer Products & Services

Food & Beverage

Restaurants & Hospitality

Electrical, Semiconductor & Computer Technology

Healthcare Information Technology

Software & IT

Financial Services & Business Methods

Cloud Computing

Dispute Resolution

Licensing & Indemnification

Open Source

Media, Advertising & Entertainment

Mobile Applications

Medical Devices & Procedures

Cardiac Rhythm Management


Pacemakers & Electrical Stimulation Devices

Transportation & Vehicles


Brand Portfolio Management
Brand Search
Design Patents
Due Diligence
Global Portfolio Management
Infringement Risk 
IP Strategy
IP Transactions and Agreements
Opinions Counseling
Patent Strategy & Prosecution
Tech Transactions
Trademark & Brand Protection
Trademark Enforcement
Trademark Registration
U.S. Patent Prosecution

Chambers 2023Chambers 2022 Badge

Ms. Anderson has received multiple awards and has been honored in both national and international forums for her legal accomplishments:

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for her work in Patent Law and Trademark Law (2016 – 2024) and Information Technology Law and Technology Law (2023-2024)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 “United States” for Patent Prosecution (2023)
  • Ranked in the “Chambers USA Guide” for Intellectual Property in Washington State (2022-2023)
  • Named in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine’s “Global Leaders” guide (2022-2023)
  • Named to IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists (2021-2022) which “identifies the individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximize the value of IP portfolios”
  • Named one of the “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” in the Patent 1000 guide by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine (2012 – 2023) with individual recognition in both transactions and prosecution categories. In the 2023 guide, she was described as “one of the best attorneys out there and is exceptional in every way. She gives clear, business-focused and practical legal advice. Maria is responsive, efficient and her billing is always clear and fair.” In the 2021 guide, she was noted for her “finely cultivated understanding of patents and brands.”
  • Recognized as a Patent Star in Managing IP’s “IP Stars” Guide for her outstanding intellectual property legal work (2013 – 2023)
  • Named to the inaugural selection of IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders Guide (2021), which features “leading figures in the IP world drawn from in-house, private practice, service providers and beyond”
  • Named in “IP Stars – Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) (2013 and 2014)
  • Named as Washington Law & Politics “Rising Star”, 2002-2003 (2002 Featured Rising Star)
  • Named as Washington Law & Politics “Super Lawyer” (2004 – 2007)
  • Named as Washington Law & Politics “Top 40 Intellectual Property Super Lawyer” (2007 and 2008)
  • Recipient of King County Washington “Women Lawyers President’s Award” (1997)

American Intellectual Property Law Association

King County Washington Women Lawyers

King County Bar Association

Washington State Patent Lawyers Association


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