Rhett Barney


  • Juris Doctor, Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Communications, Brigham Young University – Idaho


  • Admitted to practice law in the states of Idaho and Washington
  • Admitted to practice law before the Eastern and Western District of Washington and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • International Trademark Association Member
  • Anti-Counterfeiting Committee Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Forms Committee Member
  • American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property, Trademark Litigation Committee Member
  • WSBA Intellectual Property Section
  • Spokane County Bar Association IP Section

Awards & Recognition

  • Honored as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property on the 2018 Washington Super Lawyers list

Rhett’s practice includes advising clients on worldwide trademark and copyright protection and enforcement strategies, the selection and clearance of trademarks, and the management of global portfolios. He works with clients to obtain domestic and foreign trademark registrations, handles trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, and negotiates licenses and other intellectual property transactions. Rhett is heavily involved in brand counseling and strategic advising, and he works with clients to develop company-wide intellectual property policies and procedures and trademark and copyright Use Guidelines. Rhett has litigated and enforced trademark and copyright matters for clients in U.S. District and Appellate courts, and when appropriate, Rhett works with domestic and international Customs and Border Protection officials on anti-counterfeiting measures. Rhett is a frequent speaker and presenter on trademark, copyright, and branding topics and has appeared as a legal analyst for MSNBC, and has been a guest lecturer at Gonzaga School of Law and Gonzaga Business School, the Art Institute of Portland, and Uppsala University in Sweden. Rhett previously worked with the Coalition to Advance the Protection of Sports logos (“CAPS”) doing trademark/copyright enforcement and anti-counterfeiting work, including working to create strategic initiatives with industry partners and law enforcement. He has trained state and federal officials in the U.S. and internationally on identification of counterfeit products and intellectual property enforcement best practices. Rhett is a board member for Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE), and serves on the board of the Liberty Lake Library Foundation, acting as their General Counsel. Rhett is fluent in Portuguese and conversational in Spanish.