Todd N. Hathaway |IP, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law

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― Albert Einstein

“I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.”
― Thomas Edison

About Us

The office of Todd N. Hathaway, P.C., is an intellectual property (IP) law firm serving clients from its office in downtown Bellingham, Washington. Founded in 1994, Mr. Hathaway has over 20 years of expertise in acquiring, protecting, and licensing, U.S. and international IP rights for clients. The office handles patent, trademark, copyright, trade­-secret, and other IP matters.

Todd N. Hathaway

Attorney at Law, P.S.


Todd Hathaway is a native Washingtonian who has lived and practiced law in the state for the majority of his life. He served in the United States Navy, primarily in engineering and weapons assignments, and is retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve. Following graduation from law school, his first employment was with the production and research branch of a major oil company in Texas, where in addition to intellectual property work he was also responsible for matters of environmental and maritime law. He subsequently worked four years in private practice focusing on patent and trademark law before establishing his own office, where he has been in practice for over twenty years.

The majority of his work is in mechanical, electrical and chemical technologies. Mr. Hathaway’s engineering and technical background in the Navy and degree in chemistry give him the expertise to represent clients in a host of industries. His work includes representing and obtaining patents for clients in energy, mechanical, medical, biomedical, recreational and construction technologies. We have also registered, licensed and litigated for diverse trademarks both here and throughout Europe and Canada.


  • B.S. Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Washington State Bar Association 1985
  • Texas State Bar Association 1986
  • Registered to Practice United States Patent Office 1988
  • Registered to Practice, Canadian Patent Office 1993
  • Admitted before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Officer, Retired
  • United States Navy Reserves Officer, Retired

Kathy Tate

Legal Assistant

Kathy grew up in San Francisco, California and moved to Bellingham, Washington in 1985. Kathy has worked in patent law for over 20 years. She began working with Todd when he opened his private practice in 1994. Kathy holds a B.A. in Career Counseling from Western Washington University, and has also completed secretarial studies and computer literacy at Bellingham Technical College. Kathy has two grown children and lives with her husband in Bellingham.

Bess Devere

Legal Assistant

Bess is a native of Illinois, and has lived and worked in Bellingham, Washington for over 20 years. She has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Elmhurst College, and a B.S. in Biology from Northern Illinois University. Her diverse career has included experience in teaching, fundraising, educational sales and, now, in Intellectual Property Law.