Paul Swanson’s track record speaks for itself: the World Trademark Review 1000 lists Paul as a top individual in the trademark practice, describing him as a “very smart IP litigator who brings decades of courtroom experience to the table.” He is the only Washington attorney to be awarded Lexology's 2017 Client Choice Award in the field of trademark law. READ MORE
Paul’s food/intellectual property law practice provides astute counsel regarding the intellectual property foundations of your food-related business ventures. His guidance is especially vital for agribusiness clients with intellectual property rights in formerly unbranded fresh fruit and vegetable produce. As the industry has shown, the reputation and goodwill of agribusinesses and foodservice companies is bound up in the quality of their products and services and the brand recognition generated through the diligent efforts of company employees and their predecessors.
Having worked on cases that now authoritatively control legal outcomes in matters of agribusiness commerce, Paul has a deep understanding of the complex legal issues faced by his clients. He regularly speaks on and writes about intellectual property issues and is principal contributor to the firm’s “Earth and Table” Law Reporter blog, devoted to analyzing the interplay between intellectual property and food commerce.
Paul is a Former Chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section. He also chaired a WSBA/IP trademark committee whose work significantly revised Washington trademark law, and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
Paul served as a Board Member of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, a community-based, nonprofit organization that operates seven farmer/food-only markets in Seattle neighborhoods. His article regarding the history and legal status of organic and natural food labels entitled “We Are What We Eat” appears on the website of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture.
Perkins Coie LLP, Associate (1983-1985)
Minnesota Supreme Court, Law Clerk (1982-1983)
Washington State Bar Association
American Inns of Court, Seattle Intellectual Property Chapter, Member
5th and 6th Annual Intellectual Property Institutes sponsored by the WSBA/IP Section, Co-Chair (2000, 2001)
Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, Board Member (2012-2016)
International Association of Culinary Professionals, Member (2001-Present)
The Best Lawyers in America©, Trademark Law (2020-2024)
"Leading Trademark Professional," World Trademark Review 1000 (2014-2018, 2020, 2023)
America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, Washington (2018)
"Client Choice Award," Lexology, Intellectual Property: Trademarks – Washington (2017)
AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
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