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Kurt M Rylander

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Mr. Rylander is an experienced trial attorney and a registered patent attorney. He handles all aspects of intellectual property representation. As a registered patent attorney, Mr. Rylander prepares and prosecutes applications for patents, trademarks, and copyrights. His patent practice includes both domestic and international applications and prosecution. He also handles intellectual property suits in Federal courts, before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has also argued before the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Rylander regularly appears in State and Federal courts, at the trial level, and at the appellate level.


A native of the Pacific Northwest, after receiving his juris doctor with honors and serving on law review, Mr. Rylander practiced law for a number of years in Washington DC, where he handled commercial, regulatory, constitutional, and intellectual property law suits against the Federal Government and private entities.  He recently succeeded in winning an appeal on behalf of a client before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the precedential and widely reported case, Campbell Pet Co. v. Miale et al., _ F.3d _ (Fed. Cir. 2008).


He has tried numerous jury trials to verdict as lead trial attorney. He has thousands of court appearances on behalf of clients. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases for patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and unfair competition, as well as government contract cases and general litigation in Federal courts. He has secured preliminary injunctions against patent and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and against hiring of key personnel pursuant to noncompetition and trade secret provisions.


He has prosecuted patent applications in the mechanical, chemical, material science, business, software, electrical circuit, and manufacturing arts, among others. He has conducted successful patent appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI). He is one of the few patent practitioners to handle a Section 146 civil action in District Court to review (and successfully reverse) a priority interference decision by the BPAI. He has prosecuted trademark applications and successfully handled trademark opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB).


He has spoken in the U.S. Capitol for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, re-broadcast on CSPAN, and conducted seminars for public and private entities. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles, which have been published by the New York University School of Law and the American Bar Association, among others. He has coached high school mock trial teams and served as a mock trial judge for high school competitions. He has conducted CLEs on government contracting, intellectual property, corporate record keeping, and ethical dilemmas. He is a regular guest lecturer at Washington State University on Negotiation and the Law. He served as Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit from the Western District of Washington. He currently serves Trustee of the Clark County Bar Association, Chair of the Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee for Clark County, Washington, and he has been a past Chair of the CLE Committee for Clark County, Washington. Mr. Rylander is a member of Rotary and served as Chair of the 2008 Festival of Trees Teddy Bear Carnival Committee.


Mr. Rylander has a black belt in ju jutsu, is a marathon runner and a triathlete. He recently completed the Reykjavik, Iceland Marathon.


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Practice areas


  1. Patent Application: 30%
    17 years, 400 cases
  2. Litigation: 20%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Trademark Application: 20%
    17 years, 260 cases
  4. Copyright: 20%
    17 years, 20 cases
  5. Intellectual Property: 10%
    17 years, 700 cases



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  • Andrew William Wheeler

    I met Kurt when I served on the CCBA Board. I was impressed with his leadership, organization and the tenacious work that he undertook in the interests of the CCBA. It is clear that Kurt brings these same qualities to the representation of his clients. When it comes to intellectual property, patents, and trademark work in Clark County the only name on our firm referral list is Kurt Rylander.


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Contact info

Rylander & Associates PC

406 W. 12th Street
Vancouver, WA, 98660-2801


DCActive 199507/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Appointed to Magistrate Review PanelUS District Court, Western District of Washington2010
PresidentClark County Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
TrusteeFederal Bar Association, Western District of Washington2009
TreasurerClark County Bar Association2009
Chair, Superior Court Bench Bar CommitteeClark County Bar Association2009
TrusteeClark County Bar Association2008
Special Appointment-Lawyer Representative to the Ninth CircuitU.S. District Court, Western District of Washington2008
Chair, Superior Court Bench Bar CommitteeClark County Bar Association2007
Chair, CLE CommitteeClark County Bar Association2007
Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsU.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington2004
Mock Trial JudgeOregon Fall Mock Trial Demonstration2001
Am. Jur. Award for Excellence in Conflict of LawsLewis & Clark Law School1994
Juris Doctor, cum laude honorsLewis & Clark Law School1994
Law Review Writing Contest WinnerLaw Review of Lewis & Clark Law School1993
Law Review MemberLewis & Clark Law School1993
Dean's Fellowship for Excellence in AcademicsLewis & Clark Law School1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRylander & Associates PC1999 - Present
AttorneyOles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP1998 - 1999
AttorneyMartin & Rylander PC, Washington, DC1997 - 1999
AssociateRiley & Artabane PC, Washington DC1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Inns of CourtBarrister2005 - Present
Washington State Patent Law AssociationMember2002 - Present
WSBA Section on LitigationMember2001 - Present
Canadian Intellectual Property OfficeRegistered Foreign Patent Attorney2000 - Present
WSBA Section on Intellectual PropertyMember2000 - Present
Clark County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
United States Patent & Trademark OfficeRegistered Patent Attorney1998 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1995 - Present
Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of AmericaMember1995 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1994 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMemberN/A
Clark County Bar AssociationPresident2010 - 2011
Federal Bar AssociationNominating Committee Member2010 - 2011
Federal Bar Association, Western District of WashingtonMember2009 - 2012
Rotary InternationalMember2007 - 2012
Federal Circuit Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Campbell Pet Company v. Miale et al., _ F.3d _, 2008 WL 4249767 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 18, 2008)Succeeeded in reversing lower court decision
Custom Auto Interiors, Inc. v. Custom RV Interiors, Inc., Court of Appeals of Washington, Division IISuccess. Reversed and vacated TRO
Proven Winners North America LLC v. Cascade Greenhouse et al., USDC W.D. Wash, C07-5361(BHS)Success. Federal judge dismissed complaint for lack of standing
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Publication nameTitleDate
Vancouver Business JournalInconceivable!2013
Vancouver Business JournalA Rose By Any Other Name2013
Vancouver Business JournalCommon Product Development Mistakes2012
Vancouver Business JournalPatents on a Purse String2012
Vancouver Business JournalInnovation Financing Security2011
Intellectual Property TodayStealth Expert2008
WSTLA Trial NewsInventors' Rights Act of 1999 Gives Inventors New Weapon2000
Vancouver Bar JournalProtecting Your Invention,2000
American Environmental LaboratoryA Review Of Federal Laboratory Credentials1995
The Federal LawyerIs This The End Of Federal Minority Contracting?,1995
New York University School of Law Environmental Law JournalSaving a Disappearing Exemption to CERCLA Liability,1995
ABA Public Contract Law JournalScanwell Plus: Challenging Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Awards1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business Administration ClassIP Law for Business Majors2014
IP AcademyIP Law2013
CLELegal Ethics related to IP Trolling2013
Capital Access SeriesProtecting IP2013
Graphic Design ClassQ&A with an IP Lawyer2012
Clark County PubTalkIP Update2012
Washington State University, Business DepartmentNegotiation and the Law2011
Washington State University, Business DepartmentNegotiation and the Law2010
Washington State University Business Negotiation ClassNegotiation and the Law2009
Lewis & Clark Law School Graduate Fellows ProgramBusiness Development Basics2009
Ethical Dilemmas for the Practicing LawyerEthical Dilemmas-Litigation2009
Continuing Legal EducationLitigation Bootcamp2009
Continuing Legal EducationLincoln on Professionalism2009
CCBA Roast of Judge Robert HarrisLife and Times of Judge Robert Harris2009
Washington State University Business DepartmentNegotiation and the Law2008
Continuing Legal EducationAn Interview with U.S. District Court Judge Marsha J. Pechman2008
Continuing Legal EducationA Selective Comparison fo State and Federal Civil Practice in Washington2008
Continuing Legal EducationEthical Dilemmas for the Practicing Lawyer-In House Counsel2008
Camp InventionInventions and Patents2008
Washington State University Business DepartmentNegotiation and the Law2007
Continuing Legal EducationLaw Firm Practice Management2007
Continuing Legal EducationEthical Dilemmas for the Practicing Lawyer-Use of Experts2007
Washington State University Business DepartmentNegotiation and the Law2006
Continuing Legal EducationCorporate Record Keeping for Fun and Profit2006
Washington State University Business DepartmentNegotiation and the Law2005
Continuing Legal EducationOverview of Intellectual Property2005
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Conference at the CapitolAdarand and its Impact on Minority Owned Government Contractors1995
Oneida Business Round TableAdarand and the Impact on Minority Owned Government Contractors1995