• Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S. Chemical Engineering (2011) Summa cum Laude
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S. Biomedical Engineering (2011) Summa cum Laude
  • Indiana University - Bloomington, Maurer School of Law, J.D. (2014) cum Laude


  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Professional Experience

  • Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
    Research Experience for Undergraduates, June 2010–August 2011
    Inter-Professional Research Opportunity (IPRO), January 2011–May 2011
    Biomedical Engineering Senior Design, August 2009–May 2010
    Research Experience for Undergraduates, June 2009–August 2009
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    Research Experience for Undergraduates, June 2008–August 2008

Joshua James


Energetic and committed, Josh James brings a strong background in biomedical and chemical engineering to helping clients strengthen and enforce their intellectual property rights. His practice focuses on patent litigation, particularly Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical litigations in federal courts and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), as well as trademark counterfeiting litigation.

Josh’s scientific knowledge helps him hit the ground running, especially in cases involving highly complex chemical compounds. He easily meets technical experts on their own terms and uses that knowledge to take a key role on joint-defense groups. Thinking forward, Josh is able to use his experience to help clients evaluate strategies that involve both federal courts and the PTAB.

Josh has been involved in multiple bench trials; arguing motions before judges in both federal courts and the PTAB; taking and defending depositions including in several Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical litigations; drafting appellate briefs; drafting IPR and reexamination briefs; drafting pleadings on invalidity, noninfringement and claim construction issues; reviewing and producing documents; and leading coordination and strategy sessions among members of joint defense groups. One of the IPR petitions he invalidated 19 of 34 claims and drafted a request that instituted reexamination on the remaining claims.


  • Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Undergraduate Alumnus, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2017
  • Dean’s Honors, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Fall 2011 and Spring/Fall 2013
  • Camras Scholarship, Dean’s List, and Tau Beta Pi, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2007–2011


  • PTAB Bar Association, 2016–present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2011–present
  • Chicago Bar Association, 2015–present
  • Indiana Law Journal, Board Member, 2013–2014
  • Intellectual Property Association, 2011–2014
  • Phi Alpha Delta, Clerk, 2013


Admitted to practice: Illinois, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Federal Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing for Hepatitis Drug Patent Ruling (October 27, 2014). Authors: Joshua James and Jeff Nichols

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