Douglas A. Grady

Partner

Seattle
T +1.206.566.7120
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Overview

Doug Grady’s reputation as a top-notch intellectual property trial attorney earns high praise from thought leaders and clients alike. He has represented hundreds of clients in patent, trademark and trade secret disputes, appearing in more than 75 courts and tribunals across the United States and internationally. His clients include Fortune 50 companies, technology giants, emerging and fast-growth companies, sole entrepreneurs and governments. Doug also serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General to Washington State’s Attorney General Robert W. Ferguson, advising the state and its attorneys in certain intellectual property disputes.

Mr. Grady is recognized for his courtroom skill in honestly and reliably simplifying the complex technology that is often the subject of technology disputes. He has in-depth experience across an eclectic range of technologies, including system and application software, electrical digital data, machining elements, subterranean mining, petroleum refining, thin film coating, cellular communications and handsets, integrated circuits and others. Doug also works with select clients in preemptive intellectual property portfolio development, and he offers insight on transactional matters that arise under patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and related internet and domain name laws.

Select Experience

  • Defended the world market leader in mechanized tunnel technology in a patent infringement action. Two other companies (not represented by Doug) entered a consent decree conceding infringement and immediately paying damages. Doug led a team that obtained a full and free license to the asserted patent five months after the plaintiff filed suit. The plaintiff did not bother to appeal, and the client paid nothing.
  • Defended a high-tech real estate brokerage in a patent infringement action. Ten other companies (not represented by Doug) elected to settle in lieu of litigation. Doug led a team that invalidated the asserted patent. The plaintiff did not bother to appeal, and the client paid nothing.
  • Defended a well-known skiing manufacturer in a patent infringement action. Doug was a second chair on a team that invalidated the asserted patent. The decision was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the client paid nothing and all of the plaintiff’s pre-existing patent licenses were immediately voided, world-wide.
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Experience

  • Defended the world market leader in mechanized tunnel technology in a patent infringement action. Two other companies (not represented by Doug) entered a consent decree conceding infringement and immediately paying damages. Doug led a team that obtained a full and free license to the asserted patent five months after the plaintiff filed suit. The plaintiff did not bother to appeal, and the client paid nothing.
  • Defended a high-tech real estate brokerage in a patent infringement action. Ten other companies (not represented by Doug) elected to settle in lieu of litigation. Doug led a team that invalidated the asserted patent. The plaintiff did not bother to appeal, and the client paid nothing.
  • Defended a well-known skiing manufacturer in a patent infringement action. Doug was a second chair on a team that invalidated the asserted patent. The decision was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the client paid nothing and all of the plaintiff’s pre-existing patent licenses were immediately voided, world-wide.
  • Defended a high-profile, multinational corporation that operates membership-only warehouse clubs in a patent infringement action. Doug served as second chair on a team that obtained a full non-infringement verdict. The decision was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the client paid nothing.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Washington Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2009 to 2012)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Seattle Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Prior Positions

  • Corbis Corporation: Intellectual Property Law Clerk to the General Counsel (2003)
  • The Honorable Barbara Jacobs Rothstein, U.S. District Court: Judicial Clerk, Extern (2003)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Washington

Education

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2004, cum laude; Law Review, Editorial Staff; The Public Resources Land & Resources Law Review, Editorial Staff
  • B.A., Wheaton College, 1993

Languages

  • Spanish