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James Michael Smedley

Patent application Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   7 reviews

also known as James Michael Smedley, Esq.

  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 5 years
    New York - NY 14 years
    New Jersey - NJ 14 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2017
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

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James M. Smedley, a member of the Firm, serves as head of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology law group. Mr. Smedley’s practice has focused on strategic counseling of companies with respect to protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights, both domestically and internationally. He has a wealth of industry experience in the computer software and hardware fields, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies. Mr. Smedley’s practice also covers the biotechnology and life sciences fields, where he advises clients on matters such as identifying, protecting and licensing novel drug therapies.

Mr. Smedley has prosecuted hundreds of patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and its foreign counterparts in over 70 countries worldwide. Mr. Smedley has provided intellectual property counsel to organizations of all sizes, from startups, to small-to-medium sized enterprises to Fortune 100 companies as well as private and public universities. From securing the rights in inventions and brands, to developing substantial and lucrative patent portfolios, to handling complex intellectual property litigation and licensing matters, Mr. Smedley’s practice covers the management of the entire intellectual property lifecycle.

Mr. Smedley is also an avid video gamer, and as part of the gaming community, represents eSports players, organizations and teams with respect to all their management, contracts and branding needs. As a gamer, and an attorney, Mr. Smedley is one of the few in the industry that understands the needs of the talent, teams and agencies from both the legal and real-world perspectives.

Prior to joining the Firm in 2019, Mr. Smedley was the managing member of the Sigma Law Group, an intellectual property law boutique he founded in 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Smedley worked in the technology group at Lowenstein Sandler PC.

Mr. Smedley holds a dual degree in Computer Science and English from Rutgers University, and his JD from Boston University School of Law.

Mr. Smedley is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court of New Jersey. Mr. Smedley is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is a registered Canadian Patent Agent.

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Posted by Tyler | April 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!
James and his team have been extremely helpful, responsive, and knowledgable in helping me file numerous trademarks for a brand that I'm building from scratch. I'm very happy with the peace of mind a trademark offers, and even happier at how easy James and his team have made it for me to file a handful of applications! I am going to be a returning customer when it's time to file my patents!
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2019
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Best Intellectual Property Lawyer
If you are looking for help with intellectual property or corporate transactions James and the Simga Law Group should be on the top of your list. Honest, direct, and QUICK. One of our clients wanted us to sign an IP agreement and James made sure it was updated to reflect everyone's best interest and helped me better understand a few considerations that we were not aware of. FIVE STARS!
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Very professional
I was quite impressed with the 30 minutes free phone consultation I had with James last week. I had a few general questions on the patent application process and he was patient and had great examples. He was knowledgeable and had an easygoing, professional style. I do not currently have the financial resources to work with a firm like Sigma (or most other law firms), but will definitely give him a call if / when I do. I would encourage anyone in a similar boat to speak to James and/or Sigma. It was a free consultation, but well worth the time spent.
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Posted by Justin | November 7, 2018
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I trust James with my software related patents
I have worked with James and his team since 2013 and they have never let me down. I knew James was the right person when it came to my software related intellectual property when I learned that he has a background in software and he was able to grasp many of my software related innovations quickly. I recently sold a few of my patents to an IP holding company and I credit the successful sale to the quality work James has done for me.
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Posted by Tim | May 30, 2018
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Hiring James was the best decision
Right off the bat James took as much time needed to explain and answer all my questions and concerns that I had. He is very understanding and it was easy to see he cared about helping me way before making a profit. He is definately not just another attorney. It's clear that this is his passion. Do yourself a favor and skip everyone else and hire a guy that is going to give you the experience you deserve.
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Posted by Rob | May 30, 2018
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Exceeds expectations every time
Our company started researching and interviewing patent attorneys in 2011, and James Smedley was one of our candidates. When we interviewed James, his knowledge and confidence set our expectations so high that we had to hire him simply to see if what he was saying was true. One patent, two company acquisitions, and many trademarks, software contracts, operating agreements, employee agreements, and IP contracts later, he has delivered and even exceeded expectations. James is the most trusted advisor on our team.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2018
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James is my go-to!
I usually stick to in-state attorneys for most of my legal matters, but the one time (3yrs ago) when I went outside my state, I tried James and his firm. It was for multiple Patent inquiries (review, opinion, potential filing) and let me say that over the course of being business for over 15 yrs and hiring countless amount of IP attorneys/firms, I finally found my main “go-to” guy, James Smedley. We are a gaming company, so we deal with very sensitive IP matters. His Firm has taken the time to address all of our concerns, even if we asked the same question over and over. There were a couple of time James even called me while on his vacation or at the airport about to take off for vacation because he felt our sense of concern. We did not expect that at all, but it is the type of “going the extra mile” that sets James apart from the many I have worked with in the past. Lastly, the body of work. A super lawyer with reasonable rates, quick response times, covers a lot of ground with his various subject matter experts and just his familarity to the topics we bring up make me a loyal client for sure. So since the last 3 yrs, James is still the only out of state IP Attorney we use for our company. I highly recommend him for matters related to software, hardware, contracts, IPs, engineering and technology.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Chairman of the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Group
  • Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP
  • 2019 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • James M Smedley LLC
  • 2010 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Lowenstein Sandler PC
  • 2008 - 2009


  • Boston University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Rutgers University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Currently in litigation


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 New Jersey Rising Stars
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer
  • 2018
  • Lowenstein Sandler Pro Bono Award
  • Lowenstein Sandler
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Hubei Province IP Bureau Delegation Conference
  • Patent Prosecution of Foreign IP in the US
  • 2017
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Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 17
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Intellectual property Attorney | May 31
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"James is my go to guy for clients that come to me with intellectual property needs. He knowledge in the areas of patents, copyrights and trademarks is unparalleled."
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