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Attorney Profiles

Bill Birdwell

Bill Birdwell | Intellectual Property Lawyer | Portland Los Angeles Tucson | Birdwell & Janke, LLP

Attorney Bill Birdwell operates his practice on the philosophy of providing high-quality legal advice and representation in the context of the client’s circumstances, needs and business strategy for reasonable compensation. Along with fellow attorney Garth Janke, Bill is well-versed in various areas of intellectual property law throughout the U.S.

Bill earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University, where he served as editor for the Oregon State Engineer and was a part of the Sigma Tau Engineering Honorary (later merged into the engineering honor society of Tau Beta Pi). He earned a Master of Science in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, where he polished his technical proficiency in electronics, acoustics and optical sciences. Bill received his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado, where he also served as managing editor of the University of Colorado Law Review.

Today Bill puts his extensive technical expertise to use at Birdwell & Janke, LLP where he works hard for clients regarding various intellectual property concerns, including registration and litigation. Bill’s particular focus on electronics and acoustics includes analog and digital circuit design, control systems and signal processing, audio and acoustic systems, RF, antennas and communication systems and much more. He is also widely knowledgeable in optical sciences, including bio-optics, microscopy, image processing, spectroscopy, lasers, photonics, solar energy conversion and related sciences. Combined with his legal background, Bill is an integral part to Birdwell & Janke, LLP’s success in Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, California and across the U.S.


  • University of Colorado – J.D.
  • University of Arizona – M.S., Optical Sciences
  • Oregon State University – B.S.S.E.


Jurisdiction Admissions:

  • Oregon State Bar
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Judicial Admissions:

  • Oregon Courts
  • California Courts
  • Arizona Courts
  • United States District Courts – Federal Courts:
    • District of Oregon
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • District of Arizona
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • “Best Lawyers in America” list by Best Lawyers – Oregon Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Oregon Super Lawyers

Garth Janke

Garth Janke | Intellectual Property Lawyer | Portland Los Angeles Tucson | Birdwell & Janke, LLPAttorney Garth Janke is well-versed in the field of U.S. intellectual property law. He has a broad background in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and physics. After earning his master’s degree from the University of California, Davis, Garth received his law degree from Stanford University. For more than 10 years Garth was a practicing engineer for Hewlett-Packard, and gained valuable working experience developing, testing and modifying various products and processes.

Currently he contributes annually to the guide “Advising Small Businesses,” a Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions publication, authoring chapters on patent and copyright law as well as expanding and updating a chapter on trademark law. Garth also regularly contributes to “Advising Oregon Businesses,” an official publication of the Oregon State Bar that touches on nearly every aspect of Oregon business law. Along with fellow attorney Bill Birdwell, Garth formed Birdwell & Janke, LLP on the principle of providing solid and thorough intellectual property legal counsel to individuals and businesses at a reasonable price. For more than 18 years Garth has offered his high-quality legal services in patent, trademark and copyright law to creative minds throughout the U.S.


  • Stanford University – J.D.
  • University of California, Davis – Master’s Degree

If you’re looking for a legal partner in patents, copyrights or trademarks, whether you need application, prosecution or litigation assistance, Birdwell & Janke, LLP can help. Our attorneys serve Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, California and the entire U.S. Call us today at (503) 224-2180 to get started.