Klarquist Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Published January 1, 2016

Klarquist Sparkman, LLP, one of the largest and oldest intellectual property law firms in the Pacific Northwest, is proud to announce it is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The firm’s history began in 1941 with a solo practitioner, Elmer A. Buckhorn. His first year of part-time solo practice in 1941 brought a total of 10 cases. 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.

Today, the firm includes a combination of more than fifty attorneys and patent agents, led by a team of 32 partners 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 have deep and broad legal and industry experience. These individuals are distinguished by the deep technical knowledge they bring to each of the firm’s practice and technology areas. Many of its 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 the firm for more than half a century. Klarquist is known for the clients it keeps including 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 the 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 the firm believes this is what largely attributes to its success over the years. Klarquist is proud of its long history, and is looking ahead to its next 75 years as a leading intellectual property law firm – serving its national and international clients in intellectual property matters as diverse as the human imagination.