Professional Biography

Nicole S. Dunham Partner

Firmwide Chair, Patent Prosecution & Portfolio Counseling Practice

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.3042

    F +1.206.359.4042


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




Nicole Dunham, firmwide chair of the Patent Prosecution & Portfolio Counseling practice, focuses on implementing patent strategies to further her clients' business objectives and goals. Her practice encompasses all aspects of patent preparation and prosecution, strategic development of patent portfolios, freedom to operate analysis, patent validity analysis, and other intellectual property due diligence. Nicole has extensive experience with both investor-side and company-side patent-related due diligence, representing venture capital firms, institutional investors, multinational corporations and emerging companies from incubation through acquisition. She also partners with patent litigation counsel on infringement matters, as well as transactional counsel during corporate financings and M&A transactions associated with tech companies.

Within the medical device sector, Nicole has significant experience counseling clients in a variety of different fields, including neurostimulation and monitoring, metered dose inhalers, auto-injectors, cardiac valve replacement and repair (aortic and mitral valve), cardiac pacing, neurovascular devices, orthopedic devices, vascular surgery, otorhinolaryngological systems, gastrointestinal devices, electrosurgical tools, stents, shunts, gynecological devices, therapeutic ultrasound, and ophthalmic devices. She also has significant experience with medical imaging, real-time marker tracking, digital health, and wearables.

In addition to her depth of experience in med tech field, Nicole provides strategic patent counseling for technology companies in a diverse range of technologies, including aerospace, Internet of Things (IoT), consumer products, automated retail systems, acoustics, augmented and virtual reality, and mobile applications. She has also prepared, prosecuted, and analyzed patent applications in a variety of other technical areas, including semiconductor fabrication and design, cleantech, commercial equipment, and other mechanical and electromechanical technologies.

Nicole has been selected as a "Washington Rising Star" in Super Lawyers Magazine the past five years and recently received Lawyer Monthly’s "Women in Law Award" in the field of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, 2023
  • Selected as a "Washington Rising Star" in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016 – 2023
  • Lawyer Monthly "Women in Law Award," Patent, Trademark and Copyright, 2018
  • Recipient of Eastside Legal Assistance Program's "Volunteer of the Year," 2010

Professional Leadership

  • UCSF Rosenman Institute, Screening Committee Member

  • Washington State Patent Law Association
  • WINGS (The Medical Technology Angels), Screening Committee Member

Community Involvement

  • Life Science Washington, Board Member

Related Employment

  • Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, WA, Summer Associate, 2008





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 2009
  • Loyola Marymount University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, 2006