Christina Thomson, M.S., J.D., Principal Attorney & Founder
Christina Thomson has been registered to practice with the USPTO since 1998, is licensed to practice law in both California and Washington, and previously served as a legal executive for both public and private companies. Her experience working as a member of management teams “in-house” provided her with an exceptional client-perspective. Christina has an M.S. degree, completed the coursework for a Molecular Biology Ph.D and has a minor in Chemistry. She has extensive experience with intellectual property transactions and has represented companies in a variety of negotiations opposite partners such as Bayer AG, Novartis, Genzyme, Sanochemia and Baxter. Christina handles patents in the fields of life sciences, nutraceuticals and medical/mechanical devices. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington (TAG) and as an in-kind sponsor for the Bellingham Angel Investors. Previously, Christina worked as a scientist at Myriad Genetic Laboratories and she trained as a patent attorney at a top-rated patent firm, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP.
James R. Farmer, Ph.D., J.D., (Contract) Registered Patent Attorney
James has substantial experience prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, drafting opinions and license agreements and preparing due diligence investigations and analyses for corporate mergers and acquisitions. James also represents clients in complex Intellectual Property litigation before federal and state courts and arbitration panels and the International Trade Commission, involving a range of technologies, including satellite communication equipment and methods, integrated chips and computer hardware and software, medical devices, high-power firearms, automotive shock absorbers, and fire protection and suppression equipment. Prior to practicing law, James earned Masters and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and thereafter held post-doctoral fellowships at Princeton and Brigham Young University, specializing in the areas of engineering physics, fluid mechanics, and applied mathematics. James has substantial industry experience, including staff positions or collaborative research efforts at David Taylor Model Basin, Office of Naval Research, General Electric Corporate Research and Development, Intelligent Aerodynamics, Inc. and NASA Ames Research Center.
Kellie S. Bickel, Ph.D., Senior Patent Agent
Kellie Bickel focuses on patent procurement and client counseling on the development of patent portfolios in the areas of life sciences, biotechnology, and medical devices. Kellie works closely with inventors and business teams on a variety of matters, from preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications to performing due diligence of patent portfolios, and assisting in patentability evaluations, freedom-to-operate and invalidity opinions. Previously, Kellie has worked in nationally-recognized legal teams at both Perkins Coie, LLP and at the University of Washington Center for Commercialization where she has worked with a variety of clients from start-ups to large, publically-traded companies. Kellie has a proven track record of identifying and developing strong intellectual property with a focus on maximizing return on investment while keeping patent filing approaches in alignment with business goals. Kellie has a Ph.D. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Washington where she was the recipient of a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship and a Cellular and Molecular Biology, NIH pre-doctoral grant.
Michael Lilliquist, Ph.D., Certified Paralegal
Michael Lilliquist brings a unique combination of skills to his position, with a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin in addition to his certification as an advanced paralegal. Before working in intellectual property law, Michael’s previous experience included work in other areas of law, local government policy, education, and clinical neuropsychology as an assessment specialist in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He holds a bachelors degree in history from the University of Washington. Michael also serves part-time as an elected member of the Bellingham City Council, where he currently chairs the committee on Community and Economic Development.