Roger Wylie is the Managing Partner of the Seattle office, and was Co-Managing Partner of Townsend and Townsend and Crew prior to its merger with Kilpatrick Townsend. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling, and advises start-up and established corporations, venture investors and other intellectual property stakeholders with regard to all aspects of patent prosecution and acquisition, counseling, licensing and litigation. He also counsels clients on a wide range of trademark, copyright, trade secret and other IP-related issues.

As a registered patent attorney with over 20 years of experience, Mr. Wylie has counseled clients in a variety of technologies including software, business methods, consumer goods, complex machinery, and medical devices. Much of his work involves product clearances (right-to-use studies), Inter Partes disputes in the patent office, early phase litigation infringement and validity analyses for settlement evaluation, freedom to operate analyses for new product lines, and acquisition due diligence.

Mr. Wylie has obtained or assisted in the procurement and management of hundreds of U.S. and foreign patents, many of which are in the computer software, Internet business processes and communication technologies fields. He supports patent portfolio procurement and management, and patent assertion and licensing for several Fortune 500 companies. Patents he has procured span a variety of software technologies, including kernel operating system components, cloud computing, neural networks, database schemas, search engines, user interfaces, e-commerce, and financial and other business methods.

Mr. Wylie’s medical and surgical device experience spans a broad array of technologies, including orthopedics, stents, arthroscopic treatments, suturing devices, ultrasound imaging and therapy, laser treatments, gynecological devices, robotic surgical equipment, orthodontics, prostheses, biopsy instruments, wheelchair positioning devices, and diagnostics.

A significant portion of Mr. Wylie’s practice involves product clearances (right-to-use studies) for consumer goods, primarily in the sporting goods industries. Mr. Wylie has counseled clients manufacturing and selling snow and water skis and related equipment, household appliances, golf equipment, camping and sporting goods, small household electronics, clothing and other textiles, furniture, and various other consumer goods.

Many of the patents Mr. Wylie has drafted and prosecuted for clients have been successfully litigated and enforced. He has assisted numerous acquisitions and divestitures involving due diligence for intellectual property assets and information technologies, including significant patent portfolios that he has procured for his clients.

Mr. Wylie has been named by Washington Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property every year since 2008. He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Patent Law in 2017 and the four years immediately preceding. Mr. Wylie was named a top patent practitioner in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section

American Intellectual Property Law Association

King County Bar Association

Washington State Patent Lawyer's Association

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D. (1991)
  • Auburn University, Bachelors of Materials Engineering (1988)
    with honors

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1991)
  • Washington (1997)

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Who We Are

Suite 3700, 1420 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98101
USA
t +1 206.516.3092
f +1 206.299.9515

Roger D. Wylie

Experience Highlights

Patent counseling services to multiple medical device start-ups
Served as patent counsel to multiple medical device start-ups, procuring patent protection for the companies and guiding the companies through more
Patent procurement and counseling services for a major sports equipment company
Provided patent procurement and counseling services to a major sports equipment company that specializes in golf equipment and accessories. more
Ex parte reexamination proceedings
Obtained cancellation of all claims relevant to client using two separate ex parte reexaminations filed against a well-known non-practicing entity more
Patent opinion counsel for a Finnish headquartered sporting goods company
Opinion counsel for a Finnish headquartered sporting goods company with brands including a leading American sports equipment manufacturer. more