James H. Patterson - Patterson Thuente Pedersen, P.A.

James H. Patterson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Jim Patterson is a founding partner of Patterson Thuente IP. In his 30-plus years of experience, Jim’s practice has encompassed all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, licensing, dispute mediation, and litigation. A recognized leader in the legal community, Jim works with mid-size and large, regional technology companies, as well as Fortune Global 500 corporations, providing them with senior-level strategic counsel and ensuring that their patent dollars are spent wisely. His work for clients, both domestic and international includes: 

  • IP portfolio management
  • Competitive analysis
  • Offensive and defensive strategy development
  • Freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions
  • Clearance searches
  • Enforcement strategy and analysis
  • Global market-protection strategies
  • Inventor issue resolution

As a leader and mentor within the firm, Jim imposes a client-first philosophy, emphasizing quality work, responsiveness and teamwork.

Prior to establishing Patterson Thuente IP, Jim was a partner at a large, international law firm in Minneapolis. Before joining the legal community, he spent six years with the United States Navy as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer on the USS Marvin Shields, and as an Ocean Watch Officer at an acoustic research station in Wales, United Kingdom. During one of his three deployments as a naval officer, Jim served in Vietnam. He served in the United States Naval Reserve for 21 years.

Jim has trial experience in state and federal courts and has served as an expert witness in U.S. and European cases. He was sole arbiter of a patent infringement case involving seven patents, five of which were invalidated.

Jim also enjoys working with inventors and the challenge of patenting ideas that are twists on everyday products.

Access to justice for the disadvantaged is another passion that drives Jim’s career. He has been providing pro bono services through the Hennepin County Volunteer Lawyers Network and other organizations for more than 30 years and is a leader in the pro bono community. Most recently, he spearheaded a patent law pro bono pilot program in Minnesota and serves as convener of the AIA Pro Bono Advisory Council, which is overseeing the nationwide roll-out of patent law pro bono programs.

Jim was formerly an adjunct professor with Hamline University of Law. He currently serves on the William Mitchell College of Law, Intellectual Property Institute Advisory Board.


“Protecting and Commercializing Inventions,” Minnesota Inventors Network, May 2015
“The LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program,” MN-CLE, March 2015
“Developing Good Patent Claims: A Fellow’s Guide to Successful Interaction with the OTC,” University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center Fellows Boot Camp, October 2009-2013

United States Naval AcademyE.E. 1972University of KansasJ.D. 1981
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMinnesota Intellectual Property Law AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationMinnesota State Bar AssociationAIA Pro Bono Advisory CouncilUnited Inventors AssociationLegalCORPSChildren's Heart Fund of Ethiopia - MN

Office Location

IDS Center, Suite 4800
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-2100
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Patent Law of the Minneapolis Metro Area
James H. Patterson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Copyright Law
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Patent Law

Other Information

Gender: Male