Updated: March 18, 2021

Intellectual Property Section

The Intellectual Property Section focuses on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and related matters. The Section periodically publishes a newsletter and sponsors CLE courses.

In accordance with the section's bylaws, and with the exception of law students, an individual must be an active member of the WSBA.

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Application Deadline is April 16, 2021

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications.: 

  • Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • At-Large Member (two positions open): two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review a volunteer position description. This volunteer position description provides a general overview of section executive committee positions and may differ for each section.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process: Click here to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest with your application. This document can be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Nomination Process:
The Chair shall annually appoint, in November, a Nominating Committee consisting of no less than three of the Section’s voting members. At least one of the appointees should not be a current member of the Section’s Executive Committee. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a list of nominations for open At-Large Executive Committee member positions, i.e., to fill the positions of At-Large Executive Committee members who will step down from the Executive Committee on September 30 of the following year, and to fill vacancies then existing for unexpired terms. The committee shall also prepare a list of nominations for open Officer positions in accordance with Section 6.02. The Nominating Committee shall present its list(s) to the Executive Committee at an Executive Committee meeting occurring no later than in March of the same Bar fiscal year. The Executive Committee will select final nominees from the Nominating Committee’s list(s) at its March meeting.

The Executive Committee should reflect diverse perspectives. To assist this, all such applicants will apply through an electronic application process administered by the Bar when such electronic application process is available. The application form in the electronic application

process administered by the Bar will, on a voluntary basis, solicit information including, but not limited to, the person’s ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, area of practice, years of practice, employer, number of lawyers in law firm, previous involvement in section activities, and skills or knowledge relevant to the position. Any such applicants that apply through the Bar’s electronic application process will be considered by the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee should actively take factors of diversity into account when making recommendations to the Executive Committee.

Election of Open At-Large Executive Committee Member Positions

Each year, the Section membership shall elect, from among the voting members of the Section, persons to fill any open At-Large Executive Committee member positions. The candidate(s) who receive the most votes will be elected to the open position(s). The elected person(s)’ At-Large member term shall begin October 1 of that year.

Alternate Nomination Process: A section member may nominate another member by emailing Brooke Quist at BrookeQ@SeedIP.com. If materials (resume, statement of interest, etc.) are required, the nominator is required to submit those materials.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2021. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

Executive Committee

ChairKarin Swope

Vice ChairBrooke Quist

Secretary/TreasurerDario Machleidt

Immediate Past Chair: Reid Johnson 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Jack Chang

Board of Governors Liaison*: Bryn Peterson

Frances Jagla (2019-2021)
Phyllis Turner-Brim (2019-2021)
Sally While Harmeling (2020-2022)
Rodney Tullett (2020-2022)
Connie Wan (2020-2022)

*nonvoting member


Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

To join the Section list serve and get general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the Section, please contact the Section chair, Reid Johnson.