James was an engineer and a prolific inventor in IBM's Microelectronics Division for more than 10 years before beginning his patent law practice. In January, 1993 he transferred from engineering to IBM's intellectual property law department and worked as an in-house IBM patent agent for almost 9 years. He opened his own outside patent law practice in November, 2000 while continuing to work for IBM in-house part-time. On September 1, 2001 he left IBM to pursue his own practice as a patent attorney full time.
James wrote or prosecuted well over one hundred patent applications for IBM. He also wrote the claims for many hundreds of others that were sent to outside counsel. He served on IBM boards with technical experts to review invention disclosures with inventors and decide which to patent. He developed skill at picking inventions with substantial commercial value. He also developed excellent skills at writing broad claims for a patent search and then for patent applications. Working with seven in-house IBM patent attorneys at the Burlington IBM site--one of the largest semiconductor fabrication plants in the world--James honed patent law skills and developed good working relationships with IBM inventors.
James graduated from MIT with a B.S. in biology. He earned an M.S. in physics and completed all requirements toward the PhD in physics except the dissertation from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. James was admitted to the patent bar as a patent agent in 1990. He read for the Vermont bar while working in IBM's Intellectual Property Law Department and was admitted as a Vermont attorney and as a patent attorney in 1998.
James has many publications on technical and non-technical topics and holds 43 patents in his own name as an inventor. James' broad technological skills and excellent writing skills permit him to draft high quality patent applications including commercially valuable claims.