Gary W. Glisson

Gary W. Glisson

Retired Partner
Portland, OR

About Gary

Gary Glisson is a retired partner of the firm who practiced as a business lawyer in the firm's Technology and Intellectual Property Group. He also practiced in the field of international trade law, counseling clients in a wide range of issues related to the commercial and regulatory aspects of cross-border trade in goods, services and technology. Gary advised clients on the intellectual property, contractual and regulatory issues arising from corporate activities and commercial transactions involving their technology assets, products, services, data, information and creative content.

Specifically, Gary is experienced in the areas of contracts and licensing; sales, e-commerce and online transactions; trademark, copyright and patent protection; offshore procurement and sourcing; government contracts; export/import transactions; Customs procedures and dumping and countervailing subsidy investigations and reviews. For more than 25 years, Gary counseled companies about these issues in a variety of industries, including software and computer devices, e-commerce and online services, electronics, semiconductor and equipment manufacturing, wired and wireless communications services, medical devices, forest industries, energy and renewable resources, data and cloud services hosting and protection, consulting and professional services, publishing and content creation, sports and apparel, and food and agriculture.

Prior to law school, Gary worked as a public utilities economist for municipal and investor-owned utilities and as a Peace Corps Volunteer with fishing and farming cooperatives in Africa. His ongoing interest in sustainable energy and food resources originates from these early experiences and extends to his present professional practice and civic activities. 

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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Information Technology Law "Lawyer of the Year," Portland, 2014, 2016 and 2018; and Technology Law "Lawyer of the Year," Portland, 2017
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Copyright Law, Information Technology Law, Technology Law, Trademark Law), 2003-2018
  • Selected as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" (Oregon) by Chambers USA (currently: Intellectual Property), 2010-2015
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers®
  • Listed in Portland's Top Lawyers
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association and District of Columbia Bar Association Sections on Intellectual Property, Computer Law and International Law
  • Member, American Bar Association Sections on Intellectual Property, Science and Technology, and Communications Law 

Civic Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Technology Association of Oregon, 2008-2014
  • Member, Board of Directors, Kavi Corporation, 2008-2015
  • Member, Board of Advisors, National Interop, Inc., 2008-2009
  • Member, Board of Directors, Food Alliance, 2007-2008
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Rising Sun Farms, 2007-2015
  • Member, Board of Directors, PNITA–Pacific Northwest International Trade Association, 1995-2003
  • Member, Board of Directors, Internet Professionals Northwest, 1995-1997
  • Member, Board of Directors, Seed Capital Development Fund, 1991-1999
  • Regular guest lecturer/speaker on intellectual property at law schools and universities in Oregon
  • Alumni Interviewer, Northwestern University School of Law, 2004-2015  
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Panelist, "Monetizing Your Patents," TechAmerica, 2009
  • Speaker, "Copyright Tips for Using Content of Others," Oregon Law Institute, 2007
  • Speaker, "Employment Law: Protecting Your Workforce, Customer Base and Trade Secrets," Stoel Rives LLP, 2006
  • Speaker, "Real World Entrepreneurship – Intellectual Property," Oregon Graduate Institute, 2005-2006
  • Speaker, "International Intellectual Property Law – Business Decisions When Going Abroad," PNITA 2005
  • Speaker, "Software Licensing," AeA, 2005
  • Speaker, "Copyright Considerations for Licensing Content and Technology," Oregon State Bar Association, 2005
  • Speaker, "Advertising Law Update," Stoel Rives LLP, 2003
  • Speaker, "Technology and Internet Issues for Business Lawyers," Oregon Law Institute, 2001
  • Speaker, "Intellectual Property Privacy Symposium," University of Oregon, 2000
  • Speaker, "Advising High-Tech and Internet Startups," Oregon Law Institute, 2000
  • Speaker, "Computer Law Update," Oregon State Bar Association, 1999 

Author of, contributor to or quoted in various articles on Internet law, intellectual property and corporate law, for
publications such as:

  •, Sep. 2012
  • Brainstorm NW, Feb. 2007
  • LA Times, Mar. 4, 2004
  • Business Week Online, Apr. 27, 1999
  • Oregon Law Review (75 Or L Rev 277), 1996
  • The Portland Business Journal, July 26, 1996
  • The New York Law Journal, Oct. 10, 1991 

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