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Leslie C. Ruiter Shareholder

Practice Overview

Leslie practices exclusively in the area of intellectual property.

She advises a wide range of businesses on copyright, U.S. and foreign trademarks, software protection, domain name recovery, Internet and search engine issues, licensing, unfair competition, trade secrets, confidentiality agreements, and intellectual property interests in bankruptcy and in estate planning. Leslie and the intellectual property team at Stokes Lawrence also handle intellectual property litigation in the federal courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as contested matters before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board.

Recognition & Honors

  • Notable Practitioner in Intellectual Property, Chambers USA (2010 - 2012)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® in Intellectual Property (2009 - 2014)
  • Washington Super Lawyers® (2006 - 2007, 2012 - 2013)
  • Top Lawyers, Seattle magazine (2001)
  • Best Washington State Bar CLE Presentations (2000)
  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

Representative Work

  • Protecting and enforcing trademarks by registration and litigation, managing trademark portfolios worldwide, including international (Madrid) extensions, design marks, sound marks, packaging configuration marks and certification marks; Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings (UDRPs).
  • Copyright infringement litigation for business clients and nonprofits, including copyrights in software, books, works of art, architecture and photography.
  • Transactions: intellectual property acquisitions; licensing and transfer; publishing and distribution agreements.
  • Disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
  • Expert witness re music theory and composition in copyright infringement litigation.  Bunn v. [Famous Recording Artist], et al., (N.D.Ga./11th Cir.).
  • Mediation services, intellectual property disputes exclusively.

Representative Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Attachmate Corp. v. Health Net, Inc., 2010 WL 519051 (W.D.Wash)
  • Sportswear, Inc. v. De La Salle High School of Concord, MSC11-00182, (Superior Court CA)
  • Pearl Jam, LLC v J.S.E. Janssen aka Stijn Enzo Holding BV,FA 0905001262659 (NAF)
  • Sur La Table, Inc. v. Colby (TTAB No.: 92047883)
  • Klise Manufacturing Company v. Braided Accents, L.L.C.,(TTAB No.: 92045607 2007)
  • Dexter & Chaney, Inc. v. Microsoft, Inc. (W.D.Wash.)
  • Pearl Jam, A General Partnership v. Vertical Axis, Inc. c/o Domain Administrator, FA 593325 (NAF)
  • Flow Control Inc. v. A&H Enterprises, Inc. (W.D.Wash)
  • Britches of Georgetowne, Inc. v. Kinder Britches, Inc. (Fed.Cir Ct. App.)
  • Warren Publishing Inc., v. Microdos Data Corp., et al. (11th Cir.; Petition for Cert. to U.S. Sup.Ct.) (Copyright)

Publications & Presentations

  • "Data Extraction: Beyond the Sweat of the Brow," white paper, Significance magazine (April 2014)
  • Roundtable on World Portfolio Management, presented by the International Trademark Association, co-host with Theresa Wang
  • "Strategic Moves for Executive Transitions," Speaker, Stokes Law Briefs
  • Association of Women in Computing, Seattle Chapter, Trademark and Domain Name Basics for Small Businesses
  • "Planning Considerations for Clients Who Own and Co-Own Valuable Copyrights" co-author with RoseMary Reed, 36 Real Property Probate & Trust, WSBA (Summer 2009)
  • "How the USPTO Treats Fraud in Trademark Applications," INTA U.S. Roundtable, Seattle WA
  • "Damages & Remedies for Copyright Infringement," co-author Shelley Hall, LSI Copyright Management & Litigation Conference
  • "Recent Supreme Court Developments in Trademark Law," INTA Table Topics Leader
  • "Intellectual Property Assets in Bankruptcy: Perfecting Security Interests and Drafting Technology Licenses," CLE, Washington State Patent Law Association
  • "Intellectual Property Considerations in Emerging Growth Company Practice," CLE Washington State Bar Business Law Section, Midyear Meeting
  • INTA U.S. Roundtables: "Product Configurations and Packaging,"; "Domain Name Proceedings"; and "U.S. Trademark Registration Practice" (Seattle, WA)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Seattle Pacific University, Board of Directors
  • International Trademark Association Trademark, Mediator Network (formerly Panel of Neutrals)
  • Intellectual Property Sections: Washington and Georgia Bar Associations
  • President, King County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • UGM Open Door Legal Services Clinic, Advisory Board
  • Past Board Member, Calvin College & Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Past Board Chairman, Neighborhood Playhouse (Atlanta, GA)
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Areas of Practice

Admissions

  • Georgia (1990)
  • Washington (1998)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1991), the Ninth Circuit (1996) and the Federal Circuit (1996)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1997)

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., with distinction (1990)
  • Emory University's Candler School of Theology, M.T.S., cum laude (1990)
  • Calvin College, B.A. Music Theory and Composition (1985)

Contact Us

We welcome your email, but please do not include any confidential, proprietary or sensitive information. Until you become our client, unsolicited information contained in an email to us is not protected from disclosure. Our firm’s receipt of your email does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Thank you.