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

Robert C. Cumbow

Partner

Bob's ability to recognize and clearly explain the challenges to establish, distinguish, protect, and enforce unique intellectual property assets has positioned him as a trusted advisor and enthusiastic advocate of businesses and entrepreneurs.

Bob Cumbow counsels domestic and international businesses and entrepreneurs on intellectual property registration, agreements, licensing, due diligence, and protection for 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.

Bob has been a revered adjunct law professor for over 20 years, teaching the foundations of IP law and sharing the passions for popular culture, language, and history that have informed his practice, shaped his appreciation for client's brands and expressive works, and enhanced his ability to help clients protect their businesses.

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)