Tyler combines his passion and persuasiveness with a wide range of practice-area experience to successfully advance his clients’ interests. He has deep expertise in trade secret, trademark, patent, copyright and other intellectual property litigation, and also extensive experience in commercial, legal malpractice, products liability and consumer protection cases.
Before joining SBW, Tyler was partner in the litigation boutique Peterson Baker P.S., where he successfully prosecuted a wide variety of commercial and civil claims. Tyler began his career in antitrust and securities litigation at Heller Ehrman, and then honed his skills at Perkins Coie where he focused on patent, trade secret and intellectual property litigation. Tyler is a magna cum laude graduate of the Seattle University School of Law.
In a past life, Tyler was a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and grew up living on a sailboat on Bainbridge Island. His free time is spent with his wife Jennifer and three children traveling, skiing, playing chess and classic games, and following the great sport of baseball.
Areas of Practice
Driveline Baseball v. Top Velocity et al. Lead trial counsel for Driveline Baseball in a complex competitor lawsuit involving claims of defamation, unfair competition, and intellectual property infringement; settled on terms highly favorable to the Plaintiff.
IA Labs CA, LLC v. Nintendo Company, Ltd & Nintendo of America Inc. Represented Nintendo in a patent infringement action brought by IA Labs related to exercise gaming technology; successfully obtained summary judgment of non-infringement and an award of more than $200,000 in attorneys’ fees against Plaintiff.
Coloplast A/S/ v. Generic Medical Devices Inc. Represented plaintiff-patentee Coloplast in patent litigation involving surgical method patents; obtained full plaintiff’s verdict before Judge Settle in the USDC for the Western District of Washington.
Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl., Inc. Represented Anacor Pharmaceuticals during a sharply contested, 7-day pharmaceutical trade secret arbitration; won a $100+ million-dollar verdict for client.
In re Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation. Represented Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing, L.P. in patent infringement cases involving an extensive portfolio of computer-telephony patents; settled several cases on terms favorable to plaintiff.
Neiman Nix v. Driveline Baseball et al. Counsel for Defendants in this trade secret infringement case originally filed in Florida state court; obtained contested venue transfer to Western Washington and resolved on favorable terms before trial.
G Vincent Ltd. v. Dux Area Inc. Represented plaintiff G Vincent in breach of license agreement and patent litigation related to commercial spray guns; resolved favorably on the eve of trial.
Cynthia Veneziano v. Patricia Chvatal. Represented plaintiff in complex legal malpractice case concerning the valuation of defined benefit pension assets during the dissolution of a long-term marriage; settled on highly favorable terms weeks before trial include significant lifelong annuity for the plaintiff.
Apple Inc. v. HTC Corporation. Defended HTC in patent litigation involving mobile device user-interfaces and touch screen controls; obtained favorable rulings regarding validity and inventorship.
In re: Getty Images Securities Litigation. Represented individual defendants in securities litigation alleging backdating of stock option grants; favorable resolution on behalf of defendants after filing motions to dismiss.
Professional Associations & Leadership
- King County Bar Association
- American Bar Association – Intellectual Property Section
- King County Superior Court Arbitrator
Publications & Presentations
- 12.10.2007, “Recent Developments in Global Securities Litigation, Parts I & II”
Co-Author, Securities Law 360
- Defend Trade Secrets Act, CLE Co-Presenter, Strategies for Adapting to the Defend Trade Secrets Act
(DTSA): Impact on Business and Litigation Strategies / Seattle, WA
- Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 2007
- Seattle University, B.A., English, 2002
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- United States District Court, Western District of Washington
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington