Lee & Hayes
With nearly 15 years of experience, James has a diverse practice spanning all areas of patents, including postgrant proceedings (e.g., inter partes review and reexamination), strategic counseling, prosecution, litigation, and transactions. James particularly focuses on post-grant procedures before the Patent Trial Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), having been involved in over 80 proceedings on behalf of both petitioners and patent owners. James frequently speaks and writes on PTAB topics, and co-authored the second edition of The Practitioner’s Guide to Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, published by the American Bar Association. James has been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property magazine for his experience in PTAB trials.
James also helps companies build and expand patent portfolios through drafting and prosecution of patent applications across different technologies. James helps companies add value to their portfolios by strategically targeting claims to competitor activity and technical standards. James also oversees and manages large portfolios for clients, having prosecuted or overseen the prosecution of hundreds of applications in his career.
In his counseling practice, James advises on the potential risks posed by third-party patents and applications, rendering invalidity and noninfringement opinions for clients.
James also has significant experience in IP transactions, including through his role on AOL’s patent technical team in the 2012 $1.1B sale of its patent portfolio to Microsoft. Before entering private practice, James served as a patent examiner for the USPTO, examining patent applications directed to optical waveguide technology.