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Mr. Carlson has practiced law since 1987, first as a litigation partner in the 200 lawyer firm of Bogle & Gates, and then for ten years at the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney in the patent litigation group.  He is currently Of-Counsel at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.  His practice focuses on the juncture of law and technology, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade dress, trade secret, employment non-compete/non-disclosure, interferences before the USPTO, appeals to the Federal Circuit, and patent non-infringement/invalidity opinions.  Mr. Carlson has handled negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and trials and appeals in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.











Practice areas


  1. Patent Infringement: 25%
    29 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    29 years
  3. Trademark: 25%
    29 years
  4. Litigation: 25%
    29 years

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Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLP

1918 Eighth Avenue
Suite 3300
Seattle, WA, 98101


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review Rated AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2011
Master of the BarSeattle Intellectual Property American Inn of Court2010
Cum LaudeSeattle University School of Law1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselHagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLP2011 - Present
Founding MemberThe Carlson Law Group PLLC2010 - Present
Of Counsel, IP LitigationDorsey & Whitney LLP2001 - 2010
Founding PartnerRohde Carlson LLP1999 - 2000
Partner, LitigationBogle & Gates PLLC1987 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Seattle Shakespeare SocietyBoard Member2003 - 2005
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2001 - Present
Washington State Patent Law AssociationMember2001 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionMember1987 - Present
Seattle King County Bar Association, Law and Technology SectionMember1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nisus Corp. v. Perma-Chink Inc.Won on summary judgment, upheld on appeal.
Aleutian Spray Seafoods, Inc. v. Solberg, Ben Stevens, et al.Won at trial
Timeline v. MicrosoftAdverse summary judgment reversed on appeal and summary judgment entered for Timeline.
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Electronics Association Newsline for the Washington State CouncilThe European Privacy Directive for Personal Data1999
University of Puget Sound Law ReviewRecovery of Pure Economic Loss in Product Liability Actions: An Economic Comparison of Three Legal Rules1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of WashingtonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ITRI IP Executives ConferencePatent Litigation and the Non-Practicing Entity2012
October 2011 MeetingVernor v. Autodesk, the Future, or Demise, of the First Sale and Essential Step Defenses in Copyright.2011
November 2010 Meeting“What Are My Odds?” A Disciplined Approach to Assessing Case Value and Litigation Risk2010
Patent Litigation Practice Group MeetingMedimmune v. Genentech: Consequences for Patent Licenses, Litigation and Settlements2009
Litigation Department MeetingE-Discovery and the New Federal Rules2008
Client PresentationRecent Developments in Pharmaceutical Patents2008