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Makiko Coffland is an intellectual property attorney practicing across all areas of IP law, representing clients in trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secret matters. She also represents clients with the negotiation, enforcement, and defense of contractual IP matters.

Makiko focuses her trademark practice on U.S. and foreign trademark matters, including search, clearance, filing, registration, maintenance, and enforcement. She works with clients across a diverse array of industries, including pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, hospitality, software, insurance, medical devices, entertainment, and consumer goods, such as beauty products, clothing, optics, shoes, and sporting goods.  Makiko also advises clients on copyright protection and enforcement, as well as on IP-related transactions and litigations, with a focus on trade secret and antitrust issues. In her patent practice, Makiko assists clients in obtaining patents in the fields of biotechnology, medical devices, software, and electronics, as well as designs in the clothing and mechanical industries.

Before becoming an attorney, Makiko studied marine biology and molecular biology at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field. She also worked as a researcher in the fields of environmental engineering and microbiology and as an invention analyst for patent examination at the Japan Patent Office.  Makiko is fluent in Japanese and serves as a board member of the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington. She also serves as secretary of the Intellectual Property Owners Association's (IPO) International Trademark Law & Practice Committee.

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  • Professional Experience

    • Christensen O’Connor Johnson KindnessPLLC
      Seattle, WA, 2020 – present
    • Lane Powell PC
      Seattle, WA, 2015 – 2020
    • Cascadia Intellectual Property
      Seattle, WA, 2012 – 2015
    • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
      Seattle, WA, 2011 – 2012
  • Technical Experience

    • IP Consultant
      EpiMed, LLC, 2010 – 2011
    • Invention Analyst for Patent Examination
      Japan Patent Office, 2004 – 2005
    • Researcher in the fields of environmental engineering and microbiology
      Ebara Research Co., Ltd., 2001 – 2004
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
      Secretary, International Trademark Law & Practice Committee
    • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
      Board Member
    • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association
    • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group
    • Washington State Bar Association
      Member, Intellectual Property Section
      Member, International Practice Section
  • Presentations & Publications

    Presentations

    • “Obtaining Trademark Protection in Foreign Countries," Washington State Bar Association (Seattle, WA, July 2022).

Education

    • J.D., University of Idaho College of Law, 2010
    • M.S., Aquatic Biosciences, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, 2001
    • B.S., Aquatic Biosciences, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, 1999

Bar & Court Admissions

    • Washington State Bar
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office
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