Howard Russell

Of Counsel / Registered Patent Attorney • Portland, OR


Phone: (503) 481-5251


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Attorney Bio.

Howard is a registered patent attorney, with 27 years of experience in patent and trademark prosecution, both at large law firms and as in-house counsel. Howard's practice is primarily focused on U.S. and international patent and trademark prosecution, in the areas of electro-mechanical, computer hardware, and software arts. He also represents clients in licensing matters and provides support for intellectual property litigation.

Howard (or Howie, as his friends know him) has completed ten marathons to date, and is currently training for his eleventh. He's also a tinkerer of sorts who enjoys product development, as well as staying fit while skiing, hiking, playing in the outdoors, and serving in his church's youth organization.


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • U.S. Tax Court

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

  • State Courts of Oregon

  • State Courts of Texas (inactive)


Civic & Professional Involvement:

  • Oregon State Bar – Member (current)

  • Portland High-Tech Startup – Co-founder (current)

  • Portland Choir & Orchestra – Member (current)

  • Boy Scouts of America – Training Director & Re-Chartering Specialist (current)

  • Youth Group Leader (current)


Technical Experience:

  • Authored a proprietary 400-page Training Manual, Server and Storage Architectures, for a high-tech giant client's dealer and tech support channels

  • Developed and maintained a License Database for another high-tech giant client

  • Developed adaptive testing technical certification materials for a high-tech giant client

  • Co-founder of a successful high-tech company in the active living and sporting equipment industry


Presentations & Publications:

  • Intellectual Property Bootcamp for Business Lawyers

    • OSB Intellectual Property Section (March 7, 2018)

  • “Overview of Amendments in the 1988 Omnibus Trade Bill: Sections 301, ‘Super 301’ and 337”

    • Brigham Young University Law Review Symposium: The 1988 Omnibus Trade Bill – Issues and Perspectives, Vol. 2 (1989)



  • J.D., cum laude – J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University (1986-1989)

  • B.S. in Design Engineering Technology (Mechanical Engineering emphasis) – Brigham Young University (1980-1986)


Legal Experience:

  • Principal/Patent Attorney – HPR Law (2003-present)

  • In-House Patent Counsel – startup company (2014-present)

  • Patent Attorney – large Portland IP firm (1998-1999)

  • In-House Counsel – tech company (1994-1998)

  • Patent Attorney – large Texas IP law firm (1989-1991)