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Contact Bob

2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.777.7468

Robert C. Cumbow


Bob counsels on intellectual property, advertising, publishing, and Internet issues. His practice includes matters relating to trademark search, clearance, prosecution, and policing; copyright and publicity right clearance; licenses, assignments, contracts, releases, and publishing agreements; alcoholic beverage labeling, licensing, advertising, and regulatory compliance; communications and media law; intellectual property litigation; domain name disputes; advertising compliance; contests and sweepstakes; and website audits, terms and condition statements, and privacy policies.

His clients have included wineries, breweries, and distilleries; beverage and specialty food companies; telecommunication and wireless companies; news and entertainment media; computer hardware and software companies; video and board game developers; cannabis and cannabis-related businesses; advertising agencies; a major league baseball team; an international evangelist; artists, arts organizations, independent film makers, playwrights, authors, and musicians; and major international retailers, manufacturers, and distributors of books, appliances, clothing, pharmaceuticals, and food products.

Representative Experience

  • Trademark and IP due diligence for major craft brewery acquisition.
  • Overcame Trademark Office objections to achieve registration for brewery brands on short turnaround.
  • Represented commercial fisherman featured in television series, "The Deadliest Catch," in protecting and licensing trademarks and personal-image branding.
  • Assisted cannabis-related clients in obtaining intellectual property protection consistent with the differing standards of state and federal law.
  • Protected a maker of t-shirts and other apparel from infringing activity by two competitors.
  • Achieved trademark registration for beverage bottle and label design, overcoming Trademark Office objections.
  • Negotiated coexistence agreements between wine and beer labels using similar trademarks.
  • Reviewed dispute and overcame competitor demand, enabling client brewery to continue use of challenged trademark.
  • Represented a major manufacturer in obtaining an injunction against use of its trademarks in domain names in widely reported and cited case.
  • Represented a Washington state oyster grower against a seafood distributor in a dispute over the use of the name of a variety of Pacific oyster. The case was settled through mediation.
  • Served as legal advisor on numerous independent films.
  • Mediation practice focusing on trademark and copyright dispute resolution.
  • Headspace Corp. and Clear Cannabis, Inc. v. Podworks Corp. (Mediation, King County Superior Court, Washington, 2020)