Our Team

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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Professional Experience

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

Professional Activities

  • 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)

Publications

  • “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)

Presentation

  • Federal Year in Review, National Association of Patent Practitioners, July 29, 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • 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)

Languages

  • Hindi

Education

  • 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
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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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Professional Experience

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

Professional Activities

  • 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)

Publications

  • “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.

Education

  • 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)

Christopher Yoson

Our goal is to provide clients with all they need to help their businesses succeed.

Christopher Yoson is a partner at Cloutier Ortega and represents individuals and businesses with complex federal and state tax matters involving business sales and succession, executive benefits (including nonqualified deferred compensation – IRC 409A), life insurance, estate planning and advanced wealth transfer. 

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Admitted to Practice

Washington State Courts

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Professional Activities

Estate Planning Council of Seattle, Member (2010-Present)

Northwest Family Business Advisors, Member (2010-Present)

Washington State Bar Association CLE Panelist, “Advising Emerging Companies: Hiring for New Business” (October 2017)

 Education

  • Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, LL.M. (Taxation) (2002)
  • Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Juris Doctor Degree (1999)
    • Member, Student Bar Association
    • Student Attorney, Federal Taxpayers Clinic
  • University of Texas at Dallas, BS Business Administration (1991)

 

Gustavo Marin

Prior to becoming a patent agent, Gustavo was an accomplished software engineer, product manager and technology strategist. Gustavo started his career as a software engineer in telecommunications software and designed and developed the first cloud-based interactive voice response system for contact centers (before the term “cloud” was even used).

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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 managed

  • 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 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
  • robotics

…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.

Xhavin Sinha

Xhavin Sinha is a patent attorney with over 18 years of engineering experience. He is passionate about the intersection of technology and law. His current interests involve Privacy matters, ICOs and Ethereum Smart Contracts. Xhavin focuses his practice to intellectual property and business law. Xhavin is an adjunct professor at San Jose State University.
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Admitted To Practice

  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Californian
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities

  • High Tech Executive Committee Member of the South Bay Bar Association
  • High Tech Executive Committee Member of the Alameda County Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Work for the Volunteer Legal Service Corporation focused on Unlawful Detainers, Family Law, and immigration law matters.
  • Member of the National Association of Patent Practitioners
  • Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Professional Engineer Licensed in Washington, California, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico and British Columbia (Canada)
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Certification by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • USGBC LEED BD+C Certified

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law Juris Doctor degree, with a High-Tech Law Certificate – IP specialization with Honors (2014)
    1. Executive Committee Member / Senior Comments Editor of Santa Clara High-Tech Law journal (Top-5 Nationally Recognized Technology Law Review)
    2. Comments Editor, Santa Clara Law Review
    3. Comments Editor / Web Editor Santa Clara International Law Journal
    4. Editor-in- Chief of Sports Law Symposium Legal Proceedings.
    5. President, Co-Founder, Santa Clara Immigration Law Society
    6. Vice-President, South Asian Law Students Association
    7. Recognized for highest grades in classes for IP Litigation, Negotiation, Venture Capital and
      Advocacy.
  • San Jose State University – Masters Degree Chemical Engineering (2005)
  • The University of British Columbia – Bachelors Degree in Applied Science in Chemical Engineering (2000)

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