Professional Biography
Rob Woolston

Robert (Rob) G. Woolston Partner

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.3259

    F +1.206.359.9000


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




Robert Woolston, a partner in the firm's Seattle office, focuses his practice in the domestic and international mechanical engineering patent field.  In addition, he performs due diligence analysis and counseling on intellectual property portfolio development, management, enforcement and licensing.

His experience includes the following:

  • Patent prosecution and counseling in a broad range of mechanical-related technologies, including personnel lifts, medical devices, sports-related equipment, footwear, games, consumer products, manufacturing equipment, ammunition and ordinance systems, munitions handling and destruction systems, hearth and heating systems, window and door related systems, chemical decontamination systems, hazardous waste handling systems, ballistic-resistant materials, packaging equipment, aerospace and avionic systems, roadway condition detection apparatus, surface condition sensors, building systems, modular building panels, valve systems, mail/package handling systems, virtual mailbox systems, mobile broadband communication systems and audio equipment:
  • Design patent prosecution;
  • Strategic development and management of domestic and international patent portfolios;
  • Product clearance and design-around analysis;
  • Patent invalidity, infringement, and noninfringement opinions;
  • Intellectual property due diligence analysis;
  • Trademark prosecution and portfolio management; and
  • Draft and negotiate intellectual property licenses, technology transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and settlement agreements.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2018 - 2022: Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent; Patent Law
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington's Super Lawyers,” 2004 - 2008
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell 

    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Patent Law Association
  • American Bar Association

Related Employment

  • Seed & Berry, Seattle, WA, Associate, 1992 - 1999
  • The Boeing Company, Intellectual Property Legal Department, Seattle, Mechanical Engineer, 1990 - 1992