Tracy Heims is the founding and managing principal lawyer of Apex. He received his Juris Doctoris (JD) from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska in 1994 and also completed undergraduate studies at University of Washington. Mr. Heims’ practice is focused primarily on patent prosecution and litigation assistance, copyright registration, licensing and client counseling, although he has worked in a variety of other fields as well, including estate planning, probate, family law, immigration and business law. Mr. Heims’ extensive patent expertise broadly spans technologies and the globe, and is focused primarily on patent and trademark prosecution and litigation assistance, copyright registration, licensing and client counseling. He has practiced extensively before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and has been involved with virtually every area and nuance of patent prosecution. Mr. Heims has developed a broad overseas client base and extensive know how in global patent procurement, and working across national borders and cultures with Apex’s overseas colleagues. His dedication to his global practice at times entails working through the night to avail his services to his clients during their business hours. The confidence engendered by Mr. Heims’ dedicated work ethic, patent expertise combined with his cross cultural and business savvy, have led some of his clients to recruit him as president of their U.S operations, representing the foreign entity’s domestic marketing, licensing and distribution operations. His combined legal and business experience distinguishes his expertise in advocating his clients’ business and legal objectives.
Mr. Heims has been and continues to be involved with numerous committees of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), he served as the chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) International Practice Section. He has given lectures on “Patent Strategies,” “You Can Invent-Think Outside the Box,” “Current Changes at the USPTO,” “Controlling Your US Attorney,” “Outsourcing to India, Should We?” “The Nuts and Bolts of PCT Filing,” “USPTO 2005 Strategic Plan Review,” “Electronic Filing” and most recently presented a lecture on the newly passed America Invents Act (AIA). In addition Mr. Heims has served as the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce President for two terms.