Professional Biography

Susan Betcher Partner

Firmwide Co-Chair, Clean Technology Practice

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA




Susan Betcher focuses her practice on patent procurement, patent infringement and validity analysis, intellectual property license drafting and negotiating, due diligence analysis of patent portfolios and intellectual property counseling. Susan's practice covers a broad range of technologies sectors with concentration in clean technologies such as carbon sequestration, hydrogen production and storage, glycol recycling, as well as mechanical, electromechanical, and medical device-related technologies. She drafts and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications according to strategic portfolio planning and performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. She also advises clients on establishing internal patent procurement programs, analyzing and protecting competitive market advantages, and international patent prosecution strategies.

Susan's experience includes the following:

  • Participate as an integral part of the management team providing strategic guidance to align corporate commercial business objectives with patent portfolio
  • Analyze patent infringement and invalidity issues and provide counsel
  • Prepare and prosecute design patent applications
  • Draft and negotiate intellectual property licenses, technology transfer agreements, sponsored research agreements, joint development agreements and supply agreements

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America; Top Peer - Nominated Lawyer, 2016
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America; CleanTech Law; Patent Law, 2015 - 2018
  • Listed in Washington CEO as a "Top 10 Life Sciences / Biotechnology Attorney in Washington," 2008
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, "Washington Super Lawyers," 2004 - 2008
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, "Rising Stars of Washington Law," 2002 - 2005 

Professional Leadership

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, Tech Advisory Council
  • Washington State Patent Lawyers Association
  • Washington State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Washington Clean Technology Alliance, Board Member
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital, Board of Trustees, Board Member
  • Seattle Children's Research Institute, Board Member
  • University of Washington, Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Committee, Board Member

Related Employment

  • Calypso Medical Technologies Inc, Seattle, WA, Part-time In-house Counsel, 2003 - 2005
  • Seed IP Law Group PLLC, Seattle, WA, Patent Attorney, Senior Associate, 1998 - 2005




Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • University of Colorado Law School, J.D., 1998
  • University of Washington, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1990