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Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness Welcomes Steven Parmelee as a Member of the Life Sciences Practice

Friday, October 15, 2010

Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (COJK) is pleased to announce that Steven Parmelee has joined the firm as a Member of its Life Sciences Practice. Mr. Parmelee's primary focus is on developing biotechnology patent portfolios for companies and research institutions. He also has extensive experience conducting patent interferences at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, particularly those involving complex biotechnology matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Parmelee was a Partner at Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLC. He founded the Seattle Office of Townsend, and served as its managing partner for 16 years. Before Townsend, Mr. Parmelee served as Patent Counsel for Genetic Systems Corporation, a Seattle biotechnology company, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a multinational pharmaceutical company, with responsibility for advising management and scientists on patent issues, preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to therapeutic and diagnostic technologies, and overseeing patent interferences and litigation. By joining COJK, he reunites with his former Townsend colleague, Brian Poor, who joined the firm earlier this year.

Mr. Parmelee holds a B.S. in Zoology (Microbiology/Immunology emphasis) from the University of Washington, an M.S. in Medical Microbiology from Creighton University, and a J.D. from the University of Denver.

"Steve's reputation in the biotech community, his time spent in industry, and his patent interference expertise add a great deal to our growing life sciences practice," said COJK Managing Partner, Jerry Nagae. "His experience really differentiates COJK from other local firms and reinforces our life sciences team as one of the strongest in the region".

About COJK

Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC is one of the leading intellectual property law firms in the Pacific Northwest. For over 80 years, the firm has excelled at fulfilling our clients intellectual property needs. The firm advises clients' on all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, and litigation. Our clients range from solo inventors to large multinational corporations.

For more information please contact Arun Mistry, Marketing Director, Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC at 206-695-1750 or email

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