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Meet the team.

James Haugen


Jim Haugen is the founder of Seattle Patent Group. He has been working with patents since January 2006, and has been a registered practitioner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office since February 2007. During this time, he has done patent prosecution (writing patent applications and responding to office actions from the USPTO to obtain patents), advising clients on strategies to protect intellectual property to ensure optimal intellectual property protection within a given budget, and patent infringement analysis for litigation support. He joined the Washington State Bar Association in 2013.

Jim has over thirty years of experience in the design, implementation, and development of software, ranging from real-time tracking systems for psychology experiments to contact tracking databases for government departments and agencies. He also has over fourteen years of experience at Microsoft, in various technical, management, and legal roles.

Prior to working at Microsoft, Jim was the President of a software development and consulting company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Seattle University School of Law in 2010. He had previously obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Dalhousie University in 1982, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Degree from Dalhousie University in 1984.

Tom Hendrickson


Trademark, Copyright, Intellectual Property Licensing, and Debtor & Creditor Law

Member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.

Originally from Tacoma, WA, Tom survived fires, floods, and earthquakes to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California. While in the final year of completing his undergraduate degree, Tom landed an internship at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Working variously as a production manager, coordinator, and render farm supervisor, he contributed to feature films such as “The Rock,” “Final Fantasy – The Spirits Within,” “Happy Feet,” and the first two “X-Men.” films.

While working for a small visual effects company located in Northwestern Massachusetts, Tom realized that you don’t make money making movies, you make money owning the ideas behind the movies. After getting accepted to the Seattle University School of Law, he focused on the study of intellection property law, eventually completing the IP focus area. During this time, he interned with the Law Offices of David Smith, and spent a summer in London, England, studying international entertainment law and international sports law.

After finishing law school Tom worked for a year and a half with Lucasfilm Animation as Resource Manager on the Clone Wars animated television series. He now practices Intellectual Property Law, and consults with Rigos Professional Education on their bar review program. Film and animation remain a passion, so he stays current with developments in 3d animation, stereoscopic projection, and 3d printing.

Evangeline Gella

Eva Gella joined Seattle Patent Group with a passion to help entrepreneurs protect their intellectual property and thrive in the marketplace. Her focus areas include patent prosecution (drafting patent applications and responding to USPTO office actions). She has experience writing patent applications for inventions ranging from software programs and electronic devices to recreational and household items. Her focus also includes trademark law, copyright law, infringement analysis, licensing, and business formation.

Eva received her Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law, where she was a recipient of the Access to Justice Institute Pro Bono Outstanding Service Award. She was also an active member of the Moot Court Board and served as its Judicial Relations Chair.

During her first year of law school, Eva was selected as a Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship program fellow and worked as a summer associate at Seattle law firm Lane Powell. Her clerkship experience includes serving as a judicial extern to the Honorable Kathryn Nelson at Pierce County Superior Court. As a law student, Eva also volunteered for the Washington Lawyers for the Arts legal clinic, where she advised artists and entrepreneurs on intellectual property issues and business formation strategies.

Eva offers a strong appreciation for media and the arts. She brings nearly ten years of experience in print and broadcast media, having worked as a research and production assistant at KCTS Television, morning newscast producer at Northwest Cable News, and freelance writer for the Northwest Asian Weekly.

Eva received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Washington, where she was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. Eva remains committed to serving her community. She has served as a board member for Children’s Trust Foundation and as the state membership chair for the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington.