Nikki L. Sanford

Associate

Seattle
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Overview

Nikki Sanford focuses her intellectual property practice on patent prosecution in the physics, biophysics, computer science and mechanical engineering industries. Through her extensive research experience, she is well-versed in a range of scientific fields and can quickly grasp new technologies. Nikki has worked on large multinational research projects focusing on nuclear physics and programming simulations, and has conducted research in areas such as biophysics, mechanical engineering and mathematics. A resourceful advocate for clients, Nikki understands the intricate relationships among science, law and policy. In her legislative experience, she conducted policy research and fostered relationships between scientific research institutes and congressional committees on Capitol Hill. 

Nikki has been invited to discuss her policy work and present research at multiple national conferences and symposia. Her strong communication skills and ability to convey scientific concepts to a variety of audiences make her a competent and effective advocate for clients. 

Select Experience

  • Drafted patent applications, responded to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office actions and conducted patent searches.
  • Analyzed patents, applications and inventions related to mechanical and electrical engineering, nuclear physics, and software. 
  • Researched legal issues and drafted opinions related to trademark law. 
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Experience

  • Drafted patent applications, responded to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office actions and conducted patent searches.
  • Analyzed patents, applications and inventions related to mechanical and electrical engineering, nuclear physics, and software. 
  • Researched legal issues and drafted opinions related to trademark law. 
  • As a policy intern with the U.S. House of Representatives, worked on the science committee and analyzed legislative policy issues. Discussed  in research conferences the influence of science on policymaking and the relationships among science, law and policy. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

Prior Positions

  • U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Mather Policy Intern (2013)
  • Duke University, Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory: Research Assistant (2012)

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 75,310
  • Washington

Education

  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2016; Articles Editor, Environmental Law and Policy Review
  • B.S.B.A., Mathematics and Physics, High Point University, 2013, magna cum laude