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Timothy John Billick

Timothy John Billick

Pragmatic, responsive, and experienced. Your creative counsel.
  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks
  • Washington
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Tim divides his practice among intellectual property litigation, trademark prosecution, and technology licensing. Tim has litigated cases in a wide range of areas and technologies – from trademarks to time interval analyzers. To date, Tim has litigated six jury trials and has argued in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Tim also counsels clients in brand development, trademark prosecution, domain name dispute resolution, and contract negotiation.

Tim has been nominated by his peers to the Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list every year since 2016. He also served as the Intellectual Property Section Chair of the King County Bar Association for several years, and is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the International Trademark Association.

Before becoming a lawyer, Tim built and renovated dozens of residential homes, and ran a live music venue. Tim interned for the Federal Trade Commission and the Honorable Richard L. Young in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Shortly after graduating from the University of Washington School of Law, he concluded his work assisting in the revision of licensing policies at the UW’s technology transfer office (formerly the “C4C”). After the C4C, Tim has worked for several notable Seattle IP boutiques and now he runs his own practice, TBillick Law PLLC.

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Business, Philosophy
Activities: Staff Journalist, The Purdue Exponent
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University of Washington School of Law
Intellectual Property
Honors: National Finalist, Fourth, 2013 INTA Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition
Activities: Editor, Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy Member, Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic
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Professional Experience
Managing Member
TBillick Law PLLC
- Current
Counsel clients regarding numerous areas of intellectual property: cease and desist letters, trademark prosecution, patent prosecution, IP portfolio development, contract negotiation, and litigation.
Intellectual Property Attorney
Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness
Represent clients in intellectual property and commercial disputes in U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and U.S. Appeals Courts Handle all phases of litigation, including client intake, managing discovery, writing briefs, taking and defending depositions, drafting expert witness reports, preparing factual and expert witnesses for trial, drafting dispositive motions, motions in limine, jury instructions, pre-trial motions, post-trial motions, and appeals Drafted pretrial materials for five-day jury trial involving Lanham Act and state law claims Assisted in drafting various discovery motions in connection with a billion-dollar trade secret dispute between two aviation companies Advise clients on various aspects of intellectual property procurement and protection Draft patent applications in the area of mechanical arts Advise clients on employment contracts and invention assignment agreement
Intellectual Property Associate
Lowe Graham Jones
Defend and prosecute patent, trademark, and copyright matters. I have litigated three jury trials within two years so far ranging from design patents, trademarks, and utility patents. Prosecute trademark applications, with particular focus in medical technologies and musical instrumentation industries. Advise on employment agreements for key personnel in the entertainment and consumer products industries. Resolve domain name disputes and app store disputes. I have also assisted in the acquisition of patent rights.
Intellectual Property Associate
Mann Law Group
Argued complex patent claim construction issues before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Litigated three patent cases in United States District Courts ranging from time interval analyzers to simple consumer products. Advised on brand management and prosecuted trademark applications for multinational corporations. Resolved domain name disputes and various app store disputes. Negotiated several intellectual property agreements.
Licensing Analyst
University of Washington Co-Motion (formerly C4C)
I assisted the University of Washington in revising various aspects of its technology transfer policies.
Federal Trade Commission
Assisted in the investigation in two consumer fraud matters and I helped bring the case towards full prosecution.
Articles & Publications
Autonomous Vehicle Law Report and Recommendations to the Uniform Law Commission
University of Washington Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic
Growing Washington's Clean Energy Economy A Report to the Washington State Legislature
University of Washington Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic
Broadband and Economic Development
University of Washington Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic
Speaking Engagements
King County Bar Association IP Section Meeting Host, King County Bar Association Offices
King County Bar Association
Through the KCBA I've been fortunate enough to host monthly presentations on a variety of intellectual property related topics since 2015
DMCA and Kickstarter, CLE Presentation, Seattle University
US Patent Attorney
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Thomson Reuters
Super Lawyers Rising Star
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Super Lawyers Rising Star
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Super Lawyers Rising Star
Thomson Reuters
Super Lawyers Rising Star
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The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.
Professional Associations
Copyright Association of the USA
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King County Bar Association
Intellectual Property Section Chair
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International Trademark Association
- Current
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Washington State Bar Association
Young Lawyer Liaison
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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9th Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
Intellectual Property
Patent Appeals, Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Is a short story from 1920 now in the public domain?
A: The particular work itself is in the public domain, yes. However, it's possible that *other* works using similar characters and the like could be protected by copyright law. Though your risk of infringement is low here, your best bet is to still consult with an IP attorney to cover your bases.
Q. How much would it cost for one individual to buy an intellectual property, more specifically, a video game character?
A: Unfortunately this question will be answered with "it depends." If the character/IP is not being used, you may have some solid negotiating leverage in getting a good price. Please consult an IP attorney to help with this issue.
Q. Is it legal to use pictures found online for private use?
A: My colleague gave a good run-down of fair use, but didn't answer your question.

If you keep the images to yourself (i.e. don't display the images prominently on social media, make T-shirts, etc.), your risk of infringement here is very, very low.

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