Karl R. Hermanns

Karl R. Hermanns' practice focuses on pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent matters, emphasizing strategic management of patent portfolios, early-stage company counseling, investment due diligence, and competitive patent analysis. He graduated with both a B.S. and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Washington and received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Karl is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington School of Law, teaching patent preparation and prosecution courses, and at the University of Washington Chemistry Department, teaching a course entitled “Intellectual Property for Scientists.”

University of Colorado School of Law

J.D. 1988

University of Washington


M.S. 1984

University of Washington


B.S. 1983

Karl is admitted to the Washington State Bar, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also a past president of the Intellectual Property Section of the Washington State Bar Association.


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Honors & Awards

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2005-2022

Selected to Washington Super Lawyers®, 2002-2021

Recommended, IAM Patent 1000, Prosecution: Washington, 2017-2022

Listed in IP Stars (Managing Intellectual Property®) for Patents, 2013-2022

Top Rated AV Preeminent™ Intellectual Property Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2002-2022

Chambers USA, “Notable Practitioner," Intellectual Property: Patent (Washington), 2017-2022

The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year - Patent Law, 2019

Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year - Litigation (Patent), 2013

Listed in Seattle Metropolitan‘s “Top Lawyers” issue, 2010

Top 40 Washington IP Super Lawyers®, 2006-2008

Washington’s Most Amazing Attorneys®, 2006