Jim's electrical and electronic engineering background adds value to the full range of intellectual property legal services he provides. A former:
•Semiconductor engineer for AT&T (in both integrated circuit design and semiconductor fabrication).
Software research engineer at Whirlpool (on computerization of and computerized testing of appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators and air conditioners).
Patent attorney at Motorola for five years.
He provides legal counsel to Husch Blackwell's Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation clients.
Jim's law practice includes extensive experience in patentability, validity, infringement, clearance, and claim construction analysis and opinions. Since 1978, he has engaged primarily in patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law, including client counseling, portfolio management, preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark applications, litigation, and licensing. Numbered among his clients are Fortune 100 corporations and mid-size and small companies alike.
In the licensing area, he has assisted clients on trademarks, patents and other legal documents, including non-disclosure, assignment, employment, consulting, joint venture and customer agreements. In client counseling and portfolio management, Jim's work involves identifying protectable intellectual property; maximizing portfolio value; designing policies and enforcement programs; providing searches and opinions regarding patentability, validity, infringement and right-to-use; dispute negotiation and settlement; advising on conflict avoidance; assisting in introducing new products; conducting design-around projects; and implementing worldwide transfer of intellectual property rights, including due diligence investigations in connection with merger transactions.
Jim taught intellectual property law as a professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, with courses in patent office practice and substantive patent law. He also has been an associate professor of electronics at Moraine Valley College, where he taught courses in analog and digital electronic, computer systems and software programming.
Awards and Recognitions
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Review Course Manual for the Patent Office Examination, The John Marshall Law School
Lifeboat Ethics, Learning and the Law
Electronics and Computer Patent Practice, The Patent Resource Group