Everett Fruehling is the head of the trademark practice group, with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of trademark law, including trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, enforcement, and defense. He is also experienced with domain name issues and disputes and copyright matters.

Everett began his trademark practice in 1994, when he joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark examining attorney. In 1997, he went into private practice to focus on domestic and international trademark law.

His current practice includes counseling clients on issues such as service marks, trade names, trade dress, trade secrets, search clearance, prosecution, contracts, licenses, assignments, releases, and domain name and other trademark-related disputes and litigation.  Everett has worked with companies and individuals ranging from publicly traded corporations to entrepreneurs in a wide variety of product and service areas, including automotive products, software, home and personal care products, food and beverages, education, and on-line services.

After graduation from the University of Washington School of Law, Everett returned to Hawai'i in 1992 to serve a one-year term as judicial law clerk for then, First Circuit Court Judge Simeon R. Acoba, Jr., now a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i.  Everett has been named to World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals since 2013, and Managing Intellectual Property magazine's IP Stars since 2014.

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  • Professional Experience

    • Christensen O'Connor Johnson KindnessPLLC
      Seattle, WA, 2001 – present
    • Visomark Law GroupPLLC
      Seattle, WA, 1999 – 2001
    • Foster Pepper & ShefelmanPLLC
      Seattle, WA, 1997 – 1999
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office
      Arlington, VA, 1994 – 1997
  • Professional Affiliations

    • International Trademark Association
    • King County Bar Association
  • Presentations & Publications


    • "Intellectual Property: From Fundamentals to Enforcement," Seattle University School of Law, Summer Practice Academy; (Seattle, WA, July 2017).
    • "Trademark Portfolio Management: Filing and Enforcement Strategies," Centerforce USA, IP Defense Summit; panelist (Seattle, WA, October 2015).
    • "Intellectual Property: Branding Basics," and "Update on Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc.: The R-Word Trademarks," National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Reservation Economic Summit; (Las Vegas, NV, March 2015).
    • "Do You Know Who's Looking at Your Confidential Information?" Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness; (Seattle, WA, July 2013).
    • "Myriad: The Decision and What's Next for Licensing," Licensing Executives Society, Vancouver Chapter; moderator (Vancouver, BC, July 2013).
    • "Intellectual Property Basics for Native American Entrepreneurs: Trademarks and Copyrights,"  National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Reservation Economic Summit; (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2012 and Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 2012).
    • "Protecting Your Intellectual Property Workshop," Northwest Entrepreneur Network; (Seattle, WA, March 2011).
    • "Intellectual Property for Everyone: Fundamentals and Trends in Intellectual Property Law," King County Bar Association; (Seattle, WA, October 2010).
    • "Trademark Law for the Non-IP Attorney," King County Bar Association; (September 2009).
    • "Introduction to Trademark and Domain Name Law," Northwest Entrepreneur Network; (Seattle, WA, January 2005 – 2008).
    • "International Trademark Practice: A Workshop for Paralegals," HalfMoon LLC; (Seattle, WA, June 2007).
    • "American Arbitration Association: Alternative Dispute Resolution for Trademarks and Domain Names," King County Bar Association; (Seattle, WA, March 2006).


    • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1991
    • B.A., Political Science, Willamette University, 1984

Bar & Court Admissions

    • Hawai'i State Bar
    • Supreme Court of Hawai'i
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
    • Washington State Bar
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