Jim Patterson Patent Attorney Minneapolis
Jim Patterson Patent Attorney Minneapolis

James H. Patterson

Shareholder - Patent Attorney

612.349.5741 | patterson@ptslaw.com

    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.

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

    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, a national organization coordinating the efforts of 20 regional pro bono programs, and is a liaison to the WIPO Inventor Assistance Program, an initiative in cooperation with the World Economic Forum.

    Sole arbiter of a patent infringement case involving seven patents, five of which were invalidated

    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.
    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.
    United States Naval Academy, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1972
    University of Kansas, J.D., 1981, Order of the Coif
    Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 1997 – 2018
    AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    2013 ABA National Public Service Award recipient
    2012 – 2018 North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association
    Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Lawyers Network 2001
    Leading American Attorney, American Research Corporation


    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
    “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
    American Intellectual Property Law Association
    Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
    American Bar Association
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee
    Supreme Court of Minnesota
    U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, Volunteer Researcher – IP
    AIA Pro Bono Advisory Council, Chair
    Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Officer
    United Inventors Association, board member
    LegalCORPS, board member
    Children’s Heart Fund of Ethiopia – Minnesota, board member

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