Overview

Brian C. Park is a litigation partner and current chair of the firm’s Technology and Intellectual Property (IP) group. He has served on the firm’s Executive Committee and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. For over ten years, Brian has also chaired the Federal Bar Association IP Committee of the U.S. District for the Western District of Washington.

A registered patent attorney, Brian handles high-stakes, high-risk litigation involving clients’ most important assets, including their technologies, secrets, brands, creative work product, and business deals. He advises clients about the full range of IP protections and helps them monetize their technology assets through commercial negotiations and agreements. In addition to patent infringement, ownership, and false marking matters, Brian handles all forms of IP conflicts (including those related to copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, advertising, and licensing).

Apart from intellectual property, Brian has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation involving contract disputes, unfair competition, and corporate espionage. His practice includes the preparation of patent/technology opinions and commercial agreements tailored to safeguard a wide range of business interests and legal rights. His areas of technical and industry experience include the mechanical, chemical, electrical, biomedical, computer science, brand management, and industrial engineering arts. He has represented local and international clients ranging from small, privately held companies to large, global corporations.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Brian was a partner at an AmLaw100 firm, and a judicial clerk to the Honorable Wilkes C. Robinson of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Education

George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1995; Dean's Fellow; Giles S. Rich Moot Court Honor Board Chairman

Stanford University, B.A., Philosophy, 1992, with Honors; Secondary concentration: Pre-medicine

Admissions

Washington

United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States Court of Federal Claims

United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Experience

  • Successfully enforced patent claims directed to remote-controlled, hyper-realistic, military trauma training devices, including a successful appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the entry of summary judgment on patent infringement, and the pre-trial striking of defenses as a precursor to a confidential settlement.
  • Successfully defended a complex patent infringement action by a prolific patent assertion entity involving automated video control and vehicle monitoring patents, resulting in a final judgment invalidating all claims of the asserted patents and the patentee’s abandonment of the appeal.
  • Successfully enforced client’s patents protecting automated traffic safety systems against a competitor, resulting in a judgment of patent infringement, validity, and enforceability in favor of our client, the entry of a permanent injunction against the competitor prohibiting further patent infringement and unfair competition, and the assignment of the competitor’s own patent portfolio to our client.
  • Successfully handled a Lanham Act trademark, false/misleading advertising, and deceptive trade practices litigation involving virtual currency and barter exchanges, resulting in a published decision, a judgment of false and misleading advertising, entry of a permanent injunction, and a multimillion-dollar award of damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs in favor of our client.
  • Successfully defended a high-profile patent, copyright, trademark, counterfeiting, publicity, and Lanham Act unfair competition litigation involving consumer products sold online, resulting in claim dismissal, summary judgment, declaratory judgment, and an award of attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Successfully handled a patent, copyright, and trade dress infringement litigation protecting medical diagnostic ultrasound scanheads and probes.
  • Successfully handled a series of patent litigations protecting underground horizontal directional drilling (HDD) locating and tracking systems, resulting in multiple published decisions on patent infringement, validity and enforceability in favor of the client.
  • Successfully handled a patent litigation protecting innovative business method patents in the cargo loading industry.
  • Successfully handled a patent litigation protecting harmonic vibration damping devices.
  • Successfully handled a patent litigation protecting multistation weight resistance exercise machines, resulting in multiple published decisions on patent infringement, validity, enforceability, and damages in favor of the client.
  • Successfully defended a patent litigation involving high-pressure, audiophile subwoofers and served as a team leader in a joint defense collaboration resulting in partial summary judgment of non-infringement and preclusion of lost profits, and ultimate invalidation of all asserted patent claims.
  • Successfully developed and implemented a patent monetization and enforcement program for one of the world’s largest Internet retailers.
  • Successfully handled a series of Landham Act trademark, unfair competition and commercial litigations protecting retail consumer electronics and brands.

Insights

Insights & Presentations

Publications

  • “From Starbucks to 2 Live Crew: The Inaugural Intellectual Property Youth Law Day,” The Federal Bar Association News, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Summer 2018
  • “The Fate of Patent Laches: SOL” (co-author), JD Supra Business Advisor, March 2017
  • “Apportionment of Intellectual Property Value: Where Economic Theory Meets Legal Practice” (co-authors, Drew Voth and Nathan C. Brunette), The Federal Lawyer, National Federal Bar Association, Fall 2013
  • “The America Invents Act Ushers in Changes to Patent Litigation” (co-author, Nathan C. Brunette), The Federal Bar Association News, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Winter 2011
  • “LDL-Receptors in Sprague-Dawley Adipocytes: Regulation with Fasting,” American Journal of Physiology, 1994
  • “Subcellular Localization and Regulation of LDL-r by Insulin,” Journal of Lipid Research, 1994

Presentations

  • “Federal Circuit Year in Review: Developments in Patent Law,” Washington State Patent Law Association Annual Meeting & CLE (Panel), Seattle, Washington, 2023 and 2024
  • “Intellectual Property Youth Law Day,” Federal Bar Association of the U.S. District for the Western District of Washington (Chair), Seattle, Washington, 2018–2024
  • “Patent Troll Assertions: Defense Strategies and Tactics,” Stoel University, Seattle, Washington, 2023
  • “Enhancing Competitive Advantage Through Emerging Technologies,” The CFO Leadership Council (Moderator of CFO Panel), Seattle, Washington, 2018
  • “Intellectual Property Litigation: Nuts and Bolts, Hammers and Nails,” WSBA, Seattle, Washington, 2017
  • “Current Events in U.S. Supreme Court IP Jurisprudence,” Seattle IP Inn of Court (Panel), Seattle, Washington, 2017
  • “IP Jeopardy,” The Seattle IP American Inn of Court (Panel), Seattle, Washington, 2016
  • “Intellectual Property Professional Development,” Federal Bar Association of the U.S. District for the Western District of Washington (Panel), Seattle, Washington, 2015
  • “Trade Secrets, Noncompetes, and Preventing Employee Data Theft,” Stoel University, Seattle, Washington, 2015
  • “IP Protections, Deals, and Enforcement,” Stoel University, Seattle, Washington, 2015
  • “Intellectual Property (IP) Enforcement: Specific Tools and Psychological Strategies,” Stoel Rives LLP Straight Talk Series, Seattle, Washington, 2014

Recognition

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Litigation—Patent “Lawyer of the Year,” Seattle, 2016
  • Named a “Patent Star—U.S. (National) & Washington” and/or “Trademark Star—Washington” in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars, 2018–2023
  • Named by Managing Intellectual Property® as “Washington Outstanding IP Litigator of the Year,” 2017
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Litigation—Patent, Patent Law), 2013–present
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Washington) (Intellectual Property), 2011–present
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers® (Intellectual Property Litigation, Business Litigation, Intellectual Property), 2010–2023
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers®—Top 100 Lawyers, 2014–2017
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2006–2008
  • Selected as a leading patent litigator in the inaugural issue of Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent Litigation 250—The World’s Leading Patent Litigation Practitioners, 2011
  • Listed in the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2013–2023

Affiliations

Professional

  • Co-chair, Intellectual Property Committee of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, 2009–present
  • Co-founder, Past President, Executive Committee member, and Master of the Bench, Seattle IP American Inn of Court (Linn Alliance), 2008–present
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Mediator and ADR Committee member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Mediation Panel, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Member, Korean American Bar Association of Washington 

Civic

  • Alumni board member, Lakeside School (non-profit)
  • Alumni board member, Stanford University Lacrosse Team (non-profit)
  • Past youth lacrosse coach for local community team (non-profit)
  • Past board member, The Photo Center Northwest (non-profit)
  • Past pro bono general counsel, Book-It Repertory Theatre (non-profit)

Industries

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