Priya Sinha Cloutier
Our vision is to remove the barriers to legal services.
Co-Founder of Cloutier Ortega, Priya, focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of domestic and international patents, trademarks and copyrights. Her experience includes various technical areas such as aerospace, hybrid and electrical engines/motors, architecture and construction, medical devices, agriculture, food, and energy systems. Priya devotes much of her time to managing and coordinating global patent portfolios of various clients, both domestic and international companies, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She also counsels clients in avoiding infringement of patents of others and frequently opines with regard to the infringement and/or validity of individual patents or advises as to a strategy for avoiding the patent portfolios of others.
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Priya Sinha Cloutier focuses her practice on the procurement and enforcement of domestic and international patents, trademarks and copyrights.
Her experience includes various technical areas such as aerospace, hybrid and electrical engines, architecture and construction, medical devices, agriculture, food, and energy systems. Additionally, Priya is a skilled project manager with a Yellow Belt certification in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management.
Priya devotes much of her time to managing and coordinating global patent portfolios of various clients, both domestic and international companies, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She also counsels clients in avoiding infringement of patents of others and frequently opines with regard to the infringement and/or validity of individual patents or advises as to a strategy for avoiding the patent portfolios of others.
Admitted To Practice
- Washington State Courts
- Connecticut State Courts
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. District Court of Connecticut
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- Washington State Patent Lawyers,
- Past Chair, Government Affairs Committee, National Association of Patent Practitioners (2013-2016)
- Past Chair, American Constitution Society, Puget Sound Chapter (November 2013-April 2014)
- Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (May 2014-Present)
- Puget Sound American Nuclear Society (May 2014-Present)
- American Bar Association
- Washington State Patent Law Association (2007-Present)
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (2006-Present)
- Washington State Bar Association (2006-Present)
- Connecticut Bar Association (1998-Present)
- National Association of Patent Practitioners, Board of Directors ( July 2017 – Present)
- National Association of Patent Practitioners, Chair of Professional Development Committee (2017 -Present)
- “Defensive Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Clean Tech” Inside Counsel (September 3, 2015)
- “Creating a Blueprint for Patent Walls in Green Construction”, Inside Counsel (August 3, 2015)
- “Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal and Ninth Circuits in the Past Week” (July 31, 2015)
- “Clean Tech Construction, Part One: Building Intellectual Property Walls”, Inside Counsel (July 1, 2015)
- “Do We Have the Right to Sell Our Products/Services?!” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association (January/February 2015)
- “The America Invents Act — Protecting Your Assets,” Community Banker magazine (Winter 2015)
- “Where Bankruptcy Law and Intellectual Property Law Intersect,” Community Banker magazine (Fall 2014)
- “Lean Six Sigma: It’s Not Just for Manufacturing,” Seattle Business magazine (September 2014)
- “Lawyers Weigh in on Obama ‘Patent Troll’ Initiatives,” Law360, Quoted (June 5, 2013)
- Federal Year in Review, National Association of Patent Practitioners, July 29, 2017
- Building Your Practice: Marketing for the Patent Attorney, National Association of Patent Practitioners 20th Annual Meeting and Conference (July 29, 2016)
- “Our Changing Practice: Decisions From the Federal Court,” National Association of Patent Practitioners 20th Annual Meeting and Conference (July 28, 2016)
- “Our Changing Practice: Decisions From the Federal Court,” National Association of Patent Practitioners 19th Annual Meeting and Conference (July 14, 2015)
- “Developing and Monetizing Intellectual Property,” University of Phoenix, Seattle Alumni Chapter’s “Intellectual Property: What Is It?” Seminar (September 20, 2014)
- “Our Changing Practice: Decisions From the Federal Court,” National Association of Patent Practitioners 18th Annual Meeting and Conference (July 21, 2014)
- “How to Use Intellectual Property to Grow Your Business,” Small Business Administration’s “Thinking of Starting a Business” Seattle Seminar (December 12, 2013)
- “The America Invents Act — Lessons Learned, Practical Advice and Emerging Strategies,” Lane Powell’s Patent Law Seminar, Co-presenter (November 5, 2013 (Portland), November 7, 2013 (Seattle))
- “How to Use Intellectual Property to Grow Your Business,” Biz Fair Washington Small Business Fair (September 28, 2013)
- “Inventorship/Ownership — The Nuts & Bolts of Patent Practice for Solo Practitioners and Small Firms,” 2013 National Association of Patent Practitioners Annual Conference (July 28, 2013)
- “How to Use Intellectual Property to Grow Your Business,” U.S. Small Business Administration Workshop (May 21, 2013)
- “Intellectual Property — The Other Property,” Master Builders’ Association Presentation (October 11, 2012)
- “The America Invents Act: What’s Your Strategy?” Webinar (September 18, 2012)
- “So You’re a Fashion Designer: Why You Need to Consider Intellectual Property,” Blue Shoes Media Workshop (April 23, 2012)
- Seattle University School of Law Juris Doctor degree (1997)
- University of New Mexico Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering (1990)
- Idaho State University, MS, Nuclear Engineering (1992)
- University of Connecticut, MS , Mathematics (2004)
- Legal Lean Sigma and Project Management-Yellow Belt Certification
Reuben J. Ortega
Our passion is to work with clients who are always creating.
As a Co-founder at Cloutier Ortega, Reuben represents public and private companies, entrepreneurs and investors in a variety of corporate and transactional matters and has worked as both a business consultant and general counsel for hire overseeing and managing all legal affairs of a business, including, contracts, securities, corporate governance, and new business development (i.e. strategic partnerships and financing opportunities). Reuben has been certified as an Information Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
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Reuben J. Ortega is a business attorney who focuses his practice on a variety of corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing, corporate governance, public and private securities offerings, cloud computing, privacy regulation and early-stage corporate matters including formation.
Reuben started his legal career as a corporate attorney at one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading law firms, representing public and private companies, entrepreneurs and investors in a variety of corporate and transactional matters. Reuben’s experience has also included working as a business consultant and general counsel for hire overseeing and managing all legal affairs of a business, including, contracts, securities, corporate governance, and new business development (i.e. strategic partnerships and financing opportunities). Reuben has been certified as an Information Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Admitted To Practice
- Washington State Courts
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Secretary, Board Member, Board of Directors, The Seattle Children’s Museum (2015-Present)
- Charter Organization Representative, Green River Dist. Unit 402, Boy Scouts of America (2012-Present)
- Board Member, Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (2010-2012)
- Member, Hispanic National Bar Association(2009-Present)
- Member, J. Reuben Clark Law Society (2006-Present)
- Member, King County Bar Association (2009-Present)
- Member, Washington State Bar Association (2009-Present)
- “The Private Equity Prom – How to Land the PE Firm of Your Dreams,” Seattle Business magazine, Co-author (June 2013)
- “Three Years Later: Dodd-Frank and Those Too Small to Succeed” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association (July/August 2013)
- “A Brave New World: Nonjudicial Dispute Resolution Procedures Under the Uniform Trust Code and Washington’s and Idaho’s Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Acts,” ACTEC Journal, Fall, 2009
Awards And Honors
- Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers magazine, Business/Corporate (2013-2014)
- George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship Recipient (2008)
Representative Matters And Clients
- Advised founders and boards of directors regarding corporate governance, corporate law compliance and exercise of fiduciary duties.
- Advised a local aircraft hardware supplier in the sale of all of its assets to international aircraft producer.
- Represented individual shareholder in multimillion stock redemption of a bioelectronics company.
- Advised an online business providing workshops in photography, video, web and graphic design and application development, in connection with a Series A & B financing with a national venture capital firm.
- Represented public apparel and fashion company in $500 million debt financing.
- Advised a specialty pasta, soup and sauce manufacturing company, in the recapitalization of its business and the sale of a controlling interest to local large family investment office.
- Represented northwest marketing and marketing consulting company in all-stock merger with a local marketing company.
- Advised a leading producer of pizza crusts and other custom flour blended products, in the sale to a Texas-based food manufacturer.
- Represented high net worth individual in stock sale to a real estate development company.
- Represented start-up data transfer company in connection with various transactions relating to equity investments from both domestic and international strategic investors.
- Represented special committee of publicly held information technology company in going-private transaction.
- Advised a court-appointed general receiver, in a series of transactions involving the liquidation of assets held by 31 radio stations in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.
- Advised a Seattle-based coffee shop and coffee bean wholesaler in its purchase, rebranding and licensing of five separate coffee shop locations in and around Boise, Idaho.
- Advised publicly held apparel company in connection with a strategic acquisition of a Massachusetts-based headwear and apparel company.
- University of Iowa College of Law Juris Doctor degree, with Highest Honors (2009)
- Editor of Quarterly Newsletter at The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
- President, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Iowa Chapter
- Secretary, Latino Law Student Association
- Brigham Young University – Idaho (Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (2006)
Joshua N. Bam
Intelligent, Caring, and Biased Toward Action
Closing business deals and planning a way to the top of the industry requires a legal team that’s responsive to the needs of the business and its owners. After working with the Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions, Josh dedicated his practice to providing impactful legal services for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
“Entrepreneurs push innovation and provide a better community for all of us. I love seeing that product come to market for the first time or standing in my client’s retail store on opening day. Those moments are worth fighting for.”
As a business and nonprofit attorney, Josh helps clients with entity choice and formation, commercial transactions, product development (especially tech products), contract negotiations, tax strategy, and corporate compliance. He also volunteers with United Way of King County and is the president of Seattle Select Attorneys Association.
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Joshua N Bam is a business attorney focusing his practice on business formation, tax strategy, nonprofit formation and compliance, and commercial transactions including cross border agreements between tech companies. Josh has worked with alternative health practitioners, product development companies, retail stores, and a variety of nonprofit organizations, including NAMI affiliates, business leagues, and social clubs. He also specializes in written litigation through state and federal district courts.
Josh started his career at the Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions. He then served as outside in-house counsel before moving into a boutique law firm, where he represented businesses and investors looking to close deals. Josh has high level experience in a variety of legal settings, from working with solo entrepreneurs to servicing large corporations and nonprofits. He has helped businesses and their owners plan through employment, business development, commercial transactions, securities, acquisitions, tax issues, and much more.
Admitted To Practice
- Washington State Courts
- President, Board Member, Board of Directors, Seattle Select
- Attorneys Association (2015-Present)
- United Way of King County, Free Tax Preparation Campaign, Seattle
- Public Library (2014 – Present) (Site Completed over 12,000 tax returns during my term)
- Guest Speaker, Whatcom Community College, Nonprofit Taxes and UBI (2015)
- IRS VITA Tax Training, Advanced Online Sessions (2015 – Present)
- Member, King County Bar Association (2013-2016)
- Member, Washington State Bar Association (2013-Present)
- CLE Presentations: “The Ethics of Practicing with LLLPs,” and “Law Firm Scams and How to Avoid Them”
- “Strategic Sector Legislation in Russia: Critique and Proposal for Change,” Matters of in Russian and International Law, Discussion of contemporary issues of civil science (2013)
- “ACA worksheet for families and individuals,” Self-Published, 2013
Representative Matters And Clients
- Represented local entrepreneur to start comic book boutique and retail store in Fremont, WA and advised regarding continued compliance and legal planning and strategy, including raising capital
- Advised local chapters of a national nonprofit regarding nonprofit compliance and crafted bylaws complying with local law and national requirements for affiliation
- Represented creative design company to recover delinquent funds from client and reach settlement of disputes
- Represented local tech company to close high-value software development agreement with a company headquartered in Germany
- Advised media company regarding structure of drone operations division including drone licensing and pilot requirements during Section 333 regime
- Advised Hawaii drone company to protect trademark and ensure compliance by infringers
- Represented food truck owners in business formation and purchase and sale of assets
- Represented and advised nonprofit regarding hybrid ownership structure with for-profit LLC to maximize fund raising and expand outreach
- Represented entrepreneur in product development, capital raising, trademark and ownership issues, and general manufacturing
- Represented special needs education center regarding an employee training program and a sophisticated employment agreement and non-compete
- Represented alternative health practitioners on Washington State compliance and other requirements of naturopath practitioners, including an appropriate client agreement
- Advised cannabis producers and processors regarding state requirements, federal tax issues including lines of business, appropriate labeling and product tracking, and generally required documentation like SOPs
- Advised cannabis retailer regarding advertising, merchandise requirements, employee screening, and lines of business
- Represented landlord in Superior Court of King County to evict tenants refusing to pay rent
- Represented author and her business regarding state and federal trademark and copyright registration to protect brand and plan for her estate
- Represented screen writer to form entities for each production and ensure final product is owned by screen writer and can be properly licensed
- The Pennsylvania State, Dickins School of Law, Juris Doctor degree (2013)
- Editor of Lexicon Magazine at Penn State Law, Dual Campus Edition
- Public Service Advocate Award
- Community Service Committee, Board Member
- Oklahoma Christian University – Oklahoma (Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with a Minor in Political Science (2009), Magna Cum Laude, Dean’s Award
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- entire voice product line for a $500M Silicon Valley telecommunications company
- managed a sales channel for a $12M line of business in Europe, Middle East & Africa
- delivered technology workshops to audiences in over 17 countries.
Gustavo applies his extensive technical and business experience to patent preparation and prosecution to produce valuable intellectual property. His ability to understand software inventions quickly and strategically is unparalleled.
Gustavo has prepared and prosecuted patent cases in numerous disciplines, including:
- satellite imaging
- cloud computing
- contact center
- big data
- data networking
- mobile computing
- mobile gaming
- medical devices
- social networking
and more, and has overcome numerous Alice rejections. Gustavo is also the sole inventor of two granted software patents and four more pending applications with the USPTO.
Susan K. Fuller
For nearly 30 years, Susan has represented clients large and small in lawsuits, arbitrations, mediations and countless negotiations. From multi-million dollar disputes regarding lines of credit, preparing construction contracts, working on commercial leases, and helping clients buy and sell businesses, Susan believes smart contracts are key to achieving business goals. She loves working with engaged clients who understand the importance of infrastructure and managing risk. Susan also loves her Big Green Egg, local farmers’ markets, and reading cookbooks for fun.