Professional Biography
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Ramsey M. Al-Salam Partner

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




Ramsey Al-Salam’s 35-year practice has focused on resolving intellectual property disputes, with a particular emphasis on patent and trademark litigation. He has served as lead counsel in cases involving a wide variety of technologies, and has particularly strong experience with computer, networking, and internet-related technology.

Drawing on his academic training and teaching experience, Ramsey enjoys conveying in understandable terms the science and technical issues that underly his cases. He represents high-profile clients in the technology sector, as well as smaller entities, and prioritizes understanding his clients’ businesses and their goals to ensure that he resolves issues effectively and efficiently. 

Regularly acknowledged as one of the leading attorneys in his field, he was praised by clients as a "top-notch litigator" and an "excellent lawyer" in Chambers USA, which consistently lists him in “Band One” of intellectual property litigators. He has also been listed repeatedly in Washington Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. The latter named him Seattle Intellectual Property Litigator of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and Seattle Patent Litigator of the Year in 2014 and 2019.

In addition to his litigation work, Ramsey is a frequent speaker on intellectual property and litigation topics, and for more than 15 years, has taught patent and trade secret law at Seattle University Law School.

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Ranked by Chambers USA Eight Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Named IAM Global Leader, 2020 - 2021
  • Recognized by Managing IP as an IP Star, 2016 - 2021
  • Named Best Lawyers’ Seattle "Litigation - Patent Lawyer of the Year," 2014, 2019; "Seattle Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year," 2011 - 2012
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, "Litigation Gold Band," 2012 - 2021
  • Repeatedly listed in Chambers USA for IP litigation ("Band One"), 2014 - 2021
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 1995 - 2022: Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent 
  • Washington Law & Politics, "Washington's Top 40 Intellectual Property Lawyers", "Washington's Top 100 Lawyers" and "Washington's Super Lawyers," 2003 - 2021

Professional Leadership

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Seattle IP Inn of the Court
  • Washington Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section

Related Employment

  • Seattle University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Patent and Trade Secret Law, 1999 - present
  • University of Washington School of Law, WA, Adjunct Professor, Patent Law, Fall 2001
  • Seed & Berry, Seattle, WA, Partner, 1995 - 1999; Of Counsel, 1993 - 1995
  • Bogle & Gates, Seattle, WA, Associate, 1989 - 1993
  • Lyon & Lyon, Los Angeles, CA, Associate, 1983 - 1989






Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado


  • UC Berkeley School of Law, (formerly Boalt Hall), J.D., 1983
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., Mathematics/Economics, with highest honors, 1980