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James A. Collins

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Jim's diverse patent practice includes prosecution, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office controversies, and district court litigation. Deeply versed in all aspects of electrical engineering, Jim represents government, research and corporate clients that are leading the way in cell phone, automotive, Internet, insurance, energy and medical software innovation.

Jim collaborates closely with clients in harvesting and evaluating technology. With six years experience as an engineer and manager at Delco Electronics Corp., he has literally stood in his clients’ shoes. As a result, Jim understands the business issues as well as the law and science of innovation. He provides decision-critical advice on when to seek patents and how best to allocate resources for operational and shareholder benefit.

An effective advocate in administrative fora, Jim has handled numerous reexamination and other proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He was involved in some of the first post-grant proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Appeals Board following the adoption of the America Invents Act. In addition, Jim has represented clients in patent infringement cases in a variety of district courts. 

Working with leading-edge innovators, Jim is constantly thinking forward. He makes it his business to anticipate new technologies and applications, and to develop novel strategies for their protection.


    • University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, 1997, M.B.A.
    • Marquette University Law School, 1996, J.D.
      • magna cum laude
      • Editor, Wisconsin State Bar Association: Intellectual Property Newsletter, 1996
      • Director, Marquette University Intellectual Property Law Review, 1996
    • University of Wisconsin - Platteville, 1993, B.S., Business Administration; Minor, Mathematics
    • University of Wisconsin - Platteville, 1985, B.S., Electrical Engineering

    • Illinois
    • Wisconsin
    • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • Illinois Supreme Court

    • American Bar Association
      • Intellectual Property Law Section
      • Litigation Section
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Intellectual Property Owners Association
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers