Lawyers for Technology, Design and Creative Industries.
We help launch and protect industry pioneers by raising capital, securing patents, structuring deals, and litigating disputes. Our lawyers combine big-firm experience with a common focus on practical advice, efficient outcomes, cutting-edge technology, and fair billing.
Eric builds robust patent portfolios at the intersection of design and technology. He thinks about user experience and information architecture in his client’s work, and in his own. His IP expertise has helped a number of designers and developers enforce their rights, even against larger entities. more >
Zeke acts as a general corporate legal adviser to entrepreneurial companies and individuals. Recent engagements include capital-raising transactions, employee equity incentive grants, copyright and trademark licensing, business development partnerships, and small business acquisitions. more >
Joe's practice focuses on advising small businesses, entrepreneurs and creative professionals on matters ranging from business structuring to capital raising, licensing and copyright. Prior to moving back to his native Pacific Northwest, Joe practiced at an international law firm in New York working on news-worthy corporate finance and securities transactions. more >
Eric builds robust patent portfolios at the intersection of design and technology. He thinks about user experience and information architecture in his client’s work, and in his own. His IP expertise has helped a number of designers and developers enforce their rights, even against larger entities.
Eric rides bikes, plays banjo, and builds copyright codex, a free treatise on copyright law.
JD, Brooklyn Law School
BSME, Tufts University
Zeke acts as a general corporate legal adviser to entrepreneurial companies and individuals. Recent engagements include capital-raising transactions, employee equity incentive grants, copyright and trademark licensing, business development partnerships, and small business acquisitions. Zeke was previously at White & Case, where he worked on a wide variety of M&A, securities, project and asset finance deals, and the largest IPO in history. He uses his broad experience and industry connections to solve clients' legal problems efficiently.
J.D., New York University Law School
B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University
Joe's practice focuses on advising small businesses, entrepreneurs and creative professionals on the key aspects of entering into any business relationship, including formation and structuring, licensing, regulatory compliance and raising capital. Joe likes to approach each client's endeavor with fresh thinking in order to identify potential structural and legal hang-ups and craft solutions to help clients achieve their long-term goals. Joe prefers flat fee and defined billing arrangements that allow a more open attorney-client relationship, freeing clients from fear of the billable hour and Joe from having to keep track of his time in six-minute intervals.
Originally from Spokane, Joe moved back to his native Pacific Northwest after practicing in the corporate finance and securities groups at White & Case LLP in New York. At White & Case, Joe worked on a number of news-worthy deals, including IPOs, acquisitions, spin-offs, structured financings and leverage buyouts. Just as importantly, Joe's time in the big firm world, gave him valuable insight into providing real value to clients. While still in law school, Joe served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania where he learned more about good legal writing than the rest of law school combined.
When not working on client matters, Joe spends his time exploring Seattle and his Columbia City neighborhood, drinking coffee and trying to keep up on his philosophy and urban design reading.
Villanova School of Law
Florida State University, Philosophy and Political Science
Jerry Derevyanny litigates cases that present challenging or novel issues at the boundary between technology and the law. He also counsels entrepreneurs and companies on strategies for minimizing litigation risk. As a first-generation American, Jerry knows first-hand the challenges of building a successful business from the ground up. He therefore takes a pragmatic, bottom-line-oriented approach to resolving disputes.
Prior to joining Adler Vermillion & Skocilich LLP, Jerry practiced complex commercial litigation at Kaye Scholer LLP, where he contributed to the defense and prosecution of high-value, multi-jurisdictional lawsuits. Jerry also devotes a substantial amount of time to pro bono work ranging from death penalty appeals to open source software-related projects.
While currently practicing out of the New York office, Jerry is originally from the Seattle area and is frequent visitor in the Seattle office. Jerry also speaks fluent Russian.
New York State
Southern District of New York
Western District of Washington
J.D., Boston University
B.A., University of Washington
Our corporate practice is focused on providing ongoing general business counseling to companies and funds. We prefer to get involved early and often in our corporate clients' legal matters, rather than focus on a transactional model. We learn more about our clients that way, and closer relationships lead to better decisions.
Corporate counsel is fundamentally about managing principal-agent problems where multiple stakeholders have overlapping interests. Governance, incentive structures, moral hazard, and regulatory risk are all part of the equation. Once we understand our clients' positions, we help them chart a course through this thicket, avoiding risks and seizing opportunities along the way.
Contractual and other arrangements with employees, stockholders, customers and suppliers, business development partners, lenders, landlords, technology contractors, licensees and licensors are all routine facets of our corporate practice. We also run small and medium enterprise mergers and acquisitions processes efficiently to close deals quickly without sacrificing risk control.
Securities & Capital Growth
Each business has its own trajectory and capital needs. We study clients' objectives, explain the risks and advantages of available capital strategies, and work closely with our clients' personnel to implement them.
Emerging Enterprise Finance and Private Placements
We are at the forefront of innovative debt and equity financing techniques available to start-ups and emerging businesses. Investors and issuers are in a never-ending search for new funding techniques in response to changing start-up economics as well as regulatory requirements. Convertible debt with deferred pricing, crowd-sourced and P2P lending networks, standardized convertible preferred stock terms, and contractual profit-sharing rights have all grown out of the needs of new technology businesses and investors. We strive to keep abreast of these innovations and use them where appropriate, or craft alternative solutions.
Equity incentive plans give emerging and established businesses alike an edge against competitors in attracting skilled employees. We educate clients on the features of contemporary equity incentive and deferred compensation arrangements and help them design programs that are economically efficient while complying with applicable laws.
We litigate IP disputes, secure patents, and counsel clients on trademark, copyright, and technology licensing issues.
Patents: Defending Research & Development
Our patent practice combines rigorous data analytics with deep patent law experience. We use modern, data-driven models to help clients develop robust, cost-effect patent portfolios. Patent data from Judicial Stats helps us craft patent applications that are more likely to sail through the Patent Office and return valuable patent rights.
In addition, John Gladstone Mills provides over 30 years of patent experience to help guide applications through the USPTO. John worked at the Patent Office for nearly 20 years, and is the lead author of Westlaw's Patent Law Fundamentals treatise.
Attracting Top Engineers with Twitter's IPA and the Defensive Patent License
While a defensive patent portfolio is a critical business asset, many engineers are reluctant to participate in the patent system. We help clients attract top engineers by implementing Twitter's Innovator's Patent Agreement. The IPA helps attract engineers by giving them perpetual control over offensive patent decisions, and prevents the future abuse of their inventions by patent trolls.
We counsel clients on the risks and benefits of joining the new Defensive Patent License project. Eric participated in the DPL working group and has become well-acquainted with the DPL's innovative legal mechanics.
A carefully structured portfolio helps create lucrative licensing opportunities, venture capital strategies, and powerful tools for disposing with baseless lawsuits.
Trademarks: Brand Protection
From identity development, to trademark registration and enforcement, our attorneys work side-by-side with clients to maximize brand value. We understand the fluid nature of branding for the internet, and we help direct direct clients toward unique and easily defensible identities.
Copyright: Defending Creative Works
Copyright law helps creative professionals and software developers protect the fruits of their creative efforts. We counsel clients on copyright strategy and provide guidance on the fair use of other works.
Eric and Joe write Copyright Codex, a free treatise on copyright law that has been recognized by law schools like Standford and Duke.
We provide experienced representation in complex contract and intellectual property disputes.
We defend technology startups from patent trolls and other frivolous claims. We also help enforce legitimate IP rights, even against larger, better-funded competitors. We work to contain discovery costs through efficient use of technology.
Our attorneys have successfully handled an array of disputes, including arbitrating trade secret claims, winning trademark appeals at the USPTO, and contract and copyright disputes in federal court.
We represent public companies, emerging enterprises, and creative professionals.
Flexminder, a TechStars graduate, is a fast-growing Seattle based SaaS company offering needed solutions for the management of healthcare information and streamlining the FSA reimbursement process. We represent Flexminder in connection with securities and corporate matters.
Digital DUMBO is a global platform for communities to meet one another, tap into emerging trends, and shape the future of their businesses and lifestyles. We represent Digital DUMBO in corporate and intellectual property matters.
Simple is an effortless interface for online and mobile banking. Partnering with traditional banks, Simple creates a better customer experience and simplifies the banking process. We represent Simple in technology licensing and corporate matters.
Starting with advanced technical fabrics, Outlier designs clothing to improve the way people move through the world. We help Outlier patent the technology that makes it possible.
The Chefs' Warehouse (CWI) is a specialty food distributor that began sourcing products for high-end chefs over 30 years ago. With locations in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland, and Miami, CWI serves the finest restaurants, hotels, caterers and gourmet stores around the country. AVS represents CWI in trademark and corporate matters.
Adventura challenge courses have been connecting people in the Puget Sound region for over 10 years. We are helping Adventura build a full zipline aerial adventure park by advising on raising capital in private offerings, managing deals with key partners, and designing effective employee policies and handbooks.
Objective Subject delivers branding solutions identities, systems and interactive media with international impact. We represent Objective Subject in corporate matters, and in negotiating service agreements with major international brands.
Pawsitive Packleader�s professional dog training, exercise and nutrition programs are highly regarded throughout the Seattle area. We are helping Pawsitive expand into scientific research and product development, including by advising on corporate structuring, trademarks and branding, service agreements, and employee relations. Our dogs play together.
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