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.