Klarquist is proud to celebrate its 75th anniversary today. Our firm was founded by solo practitioner, Elmer A. Buckhorn, who logged the firm’s first patent matter on August 26, 1941. By 1947, business had increased enough that a second partner, Orme Cheatham, joined the firm, and by the end of the 1950s the firm had five partners, including Kenneth Klarquist and Joseph Sparkman, for whom the firm is currently named.
Today, the firm includes a combination of more than fifty attorneys and patent agents having a broad range of technical expertise and legal experience in all facets of intellectual property acquisition, licensing, and litigation. Klarquist’s professional staff of attorneys and patent agents hail from diverse backgrounds and are distinguished by the deep technical knowledge they bring to each of the firm’s practice and technology areas. Many of our professionals hold advanced degrees and bring industry experience to their work from the private and public sectors.
Klarquist represents a broad range of clients, from solo inventors to mid-size companies to some of the largest, most prestigious companies in the world. Some clients have been with our firm for more than half a century. Our current clients include Amazon, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, General Electric Company, Los Alamos National Security, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, National Institutes of Health, Nautilus, Nikon, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, Taylor Made Golf Company, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Pittsburgh, and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
From the beginning, our firm has sought to always act with candor and integrity, valuing client success and relationships above any short-term gains. The firm always seeks to creatively apply technical knowledge and legal expertise to meet each client’s IP needs. These values are still carried on today, and we believe this is what largely attributes to our success over the years. Klarquist is proud of its long history, and we’re looking ahead to our next 75 years as a leading intellectual property law firm – serving our national and international clients in intellectual property matters as diverse as the human imagination.