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 has been an important part of Jim’s career. Over the past several years, Jim has been instrumental in not only developing the first pro bono patent law program in the US, but also providing start-up guidance to patent pro bono programs across the country. He is Chair of the AIA Pro Bono Advisory Council and is a liaison to the WIPO Inventor Assistance Program, an initiative in cooperation with the World Economic Forum that is matching inventors and small businesses with pro bono legal assistance on a global scale.
Jim was formerly an adjunct professor with Hamline University of Law. He currently serves on the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Intellectual Property Institute Advisory Board.
Panel on Inventor Groups, Licensing & Pro Bono, Invention-Con 2017, Washington, DC, August 11, 2017
“An Intellectual Property System Relevant to Texas Inventors and Entrepreneurs,” Texas Global Innovation and Intellectual Property Summit, August 2015
“Protecting and Commercializing Inventions,” Minnesota Inventors Network, May 2015