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

Makiko focuses her practice on U.S. and foreign trademark matters, including search, clearance, filing, registration, maintenance, and enforcement. She brings her technical background and experience in the life sciences to help clients protect their brands in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry. She collaborates with clients in the fields of food and beverage, hospitality, software, insurance, medical devices, entertainment, and consumer goods – such as beauty products, clothing, optics, shoes, and sporting goods – to protect and enforce their valuable IP and brands.  Makiko 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.

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 a native Japanese speaker 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


    • “Trademarks: When Good Trademarks Go Bad," Intellectual Property Owners Association Annual Meeting; panelist (Boston, MA, September 2023).
    • “Obtaining Trademark Protection in Foreign Countries," Washington State Bar Association (Seattle, WA, July 2022).


    • 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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