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June 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Spokane IP firm expands in Seattle, hires Rick White

Lee & Hayes announced today that it’s expanding its Seattle office and that former congressman and TechNet chief executive, Rick White, has joined the office as an advisor.

White said he’s hoping to help the firm as it works on efforts to reform U.S. patent law and may do lobbying in the future, but his initial job is making connections.

“My focus right now is to make sure these guys are plugged into all the right technology circles,” he said.

Since he left TechNet in 2005, White has been a business consultant and serves on the board of Motricity. He was also considered last year as a candidate for U.S. Attorney for Western Washington.

Lee & Hayes already has some pretty good connections with the tech industry.

The 50-person firm’s clients include Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Boeing. It has specialized in software and electronics intellectual property since it was formed in 1994 by two lawyers with electrical engineering degrees from Washington State University.

The firm employs about a dozen people in Seattle, where it first expanded in 2003, and should reach 20 people within the next two years, co-founder Lewis Lee said.

It also recently opened another satellite office in Austin, Texas, and plans to open a Beijing office later this year.

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