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James H. Patterson

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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.

Professional Experience

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, 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.

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.

Case Studies

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


Lexology Client Choice Award 2016, 2018
IAM Magazine Patent 1000, 2013-2018
Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 1997 – 2018
AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
2013 ABA National Public Service Award recipient
2012 – 2015 North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association
Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Lawyers Network 2001
Leading American Attorney, American Research Corporation

Community Involvement

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


United States Naval Academy, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1972
University of Kansas, J.D., 1981, Order of the Coif


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


American Intellectual Property Law Association
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association, Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee



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
Jim Patterson Patent Attorney Minneapolis

James H. Patterson

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