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Robert C. Cumbow

Robert C. Cumbow

also known as Bob Cumbow

About me

Thanks for accessing my Avvo profile. I am a shareholder at Graham & Dunn, Seattle, where I head the firm's intellectual property practice. My work focuses on trademark, copyright, and domain name protection and dispute resolution, advertising, media, publishing, and internet issues. I teach Trademark Law and Advertising Law at Seattle University Law School, and volunteer time to assist artists with legal issues through Washington Lawyers for the Arts.


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 55%
    23 years
  2. Internet: 15%
    22 years
  3. Communications & Media: 15%
    23 years
  4. Advertising: 10%
    23 years
  5. Entertainment: 5%
    23 years



Hourly ($395/hour), Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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  • Noah Kendrick Williams

    Bob Cumbow is an amazingly knowledgeable and valuable resource.


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  • Niloufar Ahdi Park

    Mr. Cumbow has an amazing reputation in the legal community for his in dept knowledge of IP law. His many years of experience is an asset to any client. His personable demeanor and sense of humor will put any client at ease. It's a pleasure to know Mr. Cumbow, and I highly recommend his legal services.


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Contact info

Graham & Dunn PC

2801 Alaskan Way Suite 300

Seattle, WA, 98121-1128


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Avvo Top Intellectual Property LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
Outstanding Adjunct Faculty AwardSeattle University School of Law2008
Super LawyerN/A2006
The Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A2006
Super LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Super LawyerN/A2003
Super LawyerN/A2002
Super LawyerN/A2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyGraham & Dunn PC1999 - Present
AttorneyPerkins Coie1992 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
International Trademark AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Copyright & New Media Law NewsletterFair Use and Documentary Films2006
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsThe Language of the Law2005
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsWords on Words2005
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsThose Troublesome Twins2005
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsUsing That Word2004
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsCommonest Errors in Contract Drafting2004
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsOnly,' the Lonely2004
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsThis Wonderful World of Words2004
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsPet Peeves2003
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsOur Friend That2003
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsTop 10 Writing Errors for Law Students (and Lawyers) to Improve Upon in 20032003
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsThe Trials of Lenny Bruce2003
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsThe Future of Ideas2003
Trademark WorldProtectable Trademark or Mere Ornamentation?2002 and Graham & Dunn Web sitesStaying Legal with Promotional Games and Sweepstakes2002
UnknownWhy J. Jonah Jameson Can't Have My Quarter2002
UnknownCopyright Case Will Define Internet's Future2001
Newsletter of the Intellectual Property Section, Washington State Bar Association2001: An Internet Odyssey2001
Scarecrow PressOrder in the Universe: The Films of John Carpenter2000
Journal of Intellectual Property LawWhy Domain Names Are Not Generic2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law)LawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Seattle UniversityEnglishMA - Masters1969
Seattle UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE IP for the Non-SpecialistTrademark Basics2006
Paralegal Program, Highline Community CollegeCutting-Edge Issues in Trademark Law2006
Washington Lawyers for the Arts Brown BagPublishing Contracts for Writers2006
Washington Judicial ConferenceClear Writing and the Written Opinion2006
Corporate Counsel SectionAvoiding Common Trademark and Copyright Mistakes2006
Washington Lawyers for the ArtsFair Use of Names and Faces2005
Seattle University Law School CLEAdvertising Law Basics and Current Issues2005
International Law Section CLE "In Vino Universitas"Trademarks for Wine Makers2005
Webcast CLETrademark Licensing: Don't Go Naked2005
Winemaking for LawyersTrademark Basics for Winemakers2005
CLE IP for the Non-SpecialistTrademark Basics2005
Second Annual Pacific Northwest Arts Law SymposiumTrademarks and the Arts2004
University of WashingtonTrademark Licensing: Don't Go Naked2004
Washington Department of Social and Health Services DCS RetreatLanguage Usage2004
CLE IP for the Non-SpecialistTrademark Basics2004
IP SectionRights of Publicity2004
Intellectual Property InstituteUpdate: Rights of Publicity2004
Advertising Law CLE Seattle University School of LawContests and Sweepstakes2004
Pacific Northwest Writers ConferencePublishing Contracts for Writers2004