Jeff Nelson

Attorney

Jeff understands that all businesses have intellectual property, but each one has unique intellectual property protection needs. He specializes in creating effective intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies for businesses at every stage - from entrepreneurs and emerging companies to industry leaders. With broad experience in IP for clients in numerous industries, Jeff knows his clients’ businesses and evaluates risks to tailor IP strategies to help them achieve their specific goals. 

Introduction

Jeff understands that all businesses have intellectual property, but each one has unique intellectual property protection needs. He specializes in creating effective intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies for businesses at every stage - from entrepreneurs and emerging companies to industry leaders. With broad experience in IP for clients in numerous industries, Jeff knows his clients’ businesses and evaluates risks to tailor IP strategies to help them achieve their specific goals. 

Experience & Results

  • Represents Heritage Distilling Co in IP and commercial contracts
    • Successfully appealed refusal to register BSB trademark
    • Negotiates licenses and co-branding agreements
    • Defended use and registration of BATCH NO 12 trademark in dispute with Seattle Seahawks and NFL
    • Assisted in negotiation of sponsorship agreement with Seattle Mariners
    • Manages global IP protection and enforcement strategy
  • Effectively ceased use of trademarks and trade dress by after-market service provider on behalf of global leader in video game industry
  • Enforces trademark and other IP rights on behalf of virtual reality company
  • Clears game titles and content for leading mobile and video game developers
  • Represents Seattle alternative and indie rock radio station KEXP in trademarks and music rights
  • Assisted local artist with copyright protection and negotiating license agreements to allow her Dorotea designs to be featured products on Amazon
  • Enforces music rights on behalf of artists, labels, and music licensing and distribution companies
  • Develops IP protection and enforcement strategies for craft distilleries and breweries
  • Negotiates publishing and contribution agreements for leading architectural firm
  • Negotiates professional service agreements on behalf of leading advertising agency
  • Negotiates sponsorship and social media influencer agreements
  • Manages global trademark and IP portfolio for Jones Soda Co.
  • Represents several popular restaurants in trademark and IP protection
  • Clears and protects trademarks and copyrighted content for lab equipment supplier, Hands-On Labs
  • Manages global trademark portfolio for United Online companies (United Online, NetZero, Juno)
  • Drafts and negotiates various music contracts for artists, labels, and music producers
  • Registers, enforces, and defends copyrights in various industries, including music, gaming, publishing, architecture, and ecommerce
  • Manages global trademark portfolio for produce import and distribution companies
  • Protects IP rights and license content for magazine publisher
  • Acts as outside general counsel for emerging companies and craft distilleries
  • Develops effective IP protection strategies for startups and emerging companies
  • Negotiates game distribution agreements for mobile gaming company
  • Regularly handles UDRP and other domain name disputes, DMCA notices, and enforces IP rights on social media
  • Represented creators of “That’sWhatSheSaid” theater production in defense of copyright claims based on fair use
  • Represented Wolverine Worldwide companies in the protection and enforcement of global trademark portfolio
  • Counseled health care system in clearing intellectual property rights for production of video highlighting its innovative approach to patient care
  • Defended mobile app developer from trademark infringement claims
  • Develops online terms, privacy policies and internet use policies for companies in many industries
  • Negotiates licenses and professional services agreements for numerous clients, including financial institutions, publishers, consumer products companies, manufacturing businesses, and retail and ecommerce companies

Education

  • Drake University (B.S., Accounting, 2000)
  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 2003) 

Admissions

  • Washington
  • Michigan

Awards/Honors and Organizational Memberships

  • Named on the Washington Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers® Magazine
  • Washington Lawyers for the Arts - Board of Directors (2014-present); Chair (2015-2016)
  • Art With Heart - President, Board of Directors (2015-present)
  • American Bar Association - Intellectual Property Law Section; Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association - Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • King County Bar Association - Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan - Intellectual Property Section; Arts, Entertainment & Sports Section; Information Technology Section, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • International Trademark Association - Enforcement Committee, Courts & Tribunals Subcommittee (2012-2013); Task Force on Unfairness in Trademark Cases, Co-chair (2012-2013); Enforcement Committee, Judicial Administration and Trademark Litigation Subcommittee (2014-2015)

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Who is the Author? AI and Beats/Timbre-driven Sound Recording Compositions,” The New Music Ecosystem Conference, hosted by University of Washington School of Law (May 4, 2018)
  • Presenter, “Disparaging Trademarks After Matal v. Tam,” 2017 Art Law Institute for Washington Lawyers for the Arts (December 4, 2017)
  • Speaker, “Making Money in Today’s Music Economy,” KEXP Mastering the Hustle Series at Upstream Summit (May 13, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Understanding IP: Branding, Copyright, and Social Media,” American Distilling Institute Annual Conference (April 4, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Fair Use,” Washington Lawyer’s For the Arts, Art Law Institute (December 5, 2016)
  • Moderator, “User Generated Content/Social Media,” WSBA, Advertising and Marketing Law for the 21st Century  (November 3, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Legal Quick-Fire,” Entrepreneurs Organization, Seattle, WA (February 4, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Copyright and Contracts for Songwriters,” Washington Lawyers for the Arts, Seattle, WA (September 19, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Copyright and Fair Use,” Seattle, WA (May 20, 2015)
  • Author, “Ninth Circuit Limits Enforceability of ‘Browsewrap’ Web Terms of Use” (August 20, 2014)