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    Formerly a DuPont scientist, I am now a patent lawyer with a Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® peer review rating. My career is focused on patent procurement and resolving patent disputes, mostly patent litigation. I began my legal career in New York City at a preeminent IP firm with a great track record of serving some of the most illustrious American inventors, including Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Edwin Land, and the Wright brothers. In 2004, I relocated to Delaware, a state with its own proud tradition of innovation. 

   Throughout my career I've focused on securing and enforcing infringed patent rights and defending those wrongfully accused of infringement, in district courts across the United States.   I've been on the successful side of some of the largest patent litigations ever tried.  I've lead decisive expert examinations in patent jury trials and co-counseled many clients to victories through trial and through favorable early settlements.

   I am an associate editor and co-author of two textbooks published by the American Bar Assocation (ABA) on the special procedures of pharmaceutical patent litigation ("ANDA Litigation").

   I also assist innovative companies in protecting their inventions by obtaining patents in the first instance, through my certification as a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  I've helped clients obtain patents in technologies ranging from chemical innovations to improve light reflection to advanced integrations in multi-channel software platforms.


Practice areas


  1. Patent Infringement: 60%
    15 years, 45 cases
  2. Patent Application: 20%
    12 years, 50 cases
  3. Licensing: 10%
    12 years, 25 cases
  4. Trademark: 5%
  5. Trademark Application: 5%
    5 years



Hourly ($585/hour)

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    Jim and I have worked on many many matters together for over 10 years. I would highly recommend Jim for any matter in intellectual property, particularly litigation and counseling. Jim also has a great understanding of the nuances of Delaware practice, and when coupled with his intellectual property experience makes him an ideal local counsel for IP litigation in Delaware - - much more value added that other local counsel I have worked with. High recommended.


    Christopher Jeffers
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Matthew Arnold Traupman

    Jim and I worked together on several major patent litigation matters. He has a deep understanding of patent law and local Delaware IP practices. I trust his judgment.


    Matthew Traupman Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

1000 North King Street
Rodney Square
Wilmington, DE, 19801


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerYoung Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP2013 - Present
Of CounselWomble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice2006 - 2013
AssociateConnolly Bove Lodge & Hutz2004 - 2006
AssociateFish & Neave Now Ropes & Gray2001 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationN/AN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Federal Circuit Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Delaware State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Inventio AG v. Thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas Corporation, et. al.,, 1-08-cv-00874Jury verdict invalidated all patent claims asserted against ThyssenKrupp and further found certain of those claims not infringed
Graphic Packaging International, Inc. v. C.W. Zumbiel Co., 3-10-cv-00891 (FLMD Jacksonville)Jury verdict of infringement of certain asserted claims and no invalidity regarding all asserted claims
Brinkmeier v. BIC Corporation et al., 1-09-cv-00860 (DED Wilmington)Court dismissed all asserted claims
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of DelawareGeologyBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AIPLA Chemical Patent Practice RoadshowPatents: a View from the Bench (co-moderated judicial panel from U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware)2013