James S. Blank has joined Baker McKenzie’s Intellectual Property Practice as a Partner in New York, bringing more than 25 years of experience in handling patent litigation for international technology and consumer products companies.
During his career, Jim has acted as lead counsel in patent litigations at every level including trying cases before district courts throughout the United States, arguing before the Federal Circuit, and litigating before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has handled cases covering a wide range of technologies including video game systems and controllers, 3D image capture and display devices, augmented reality, high speed data communications cables, liquid crystal displays, encryption technology, power tools, among many other technologies.
"Jim has extensive experience with technology and patent litigation that will strengthen our IP practice and ability to service clients in the tech and media sectors,” said Pamela Church, Chair of the Firm's North America Intellectual Property Practice. “We are delighted to have him join the IP practice.”
In addition to patent litigation, Jim has experience litigating trade secret, trademark, trade dress, false advertising and unfair competition cases.
"Jim is a highly-regarded trial lawyer with a successful track record of helping clients navigate high profile patent disputes, and we are excited to welcome him to our team,” said Scott Brandman, Managing Partner of the Firm's New York Office. "Jim's arrival further underscores our commitment to growing our platform in New York and expanding the services we offer to clients."
With nearly 400 intellectual property lawyers in 40 countries, Baker McKenzie covers the full scope of IP services in more jurisdictions than any other firm. The Firm’s global coverage, high-quality work and commitment to client service are reflected in the recognition received from the legal industry. Since 2009, the Intellectual Property practice has been ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global.
"Baker McKenzie is top tier in intellectual property, and perfectly positioned to handle all forms of cross-border IP controversies and issues facing corporations today. Its global network will surely enhance the services I provide to clients, in terms of both scope and geography," Jim said. “I am excited to be joining the IP team and working at a firm with an entrepreneurial and collaborative culture.”
Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 partners in North America over the last two years, as it continues to strengthen its presence in key markets. Jim is the latest in a series of prominent hires in New York, which include tax and employment lawyer Michael Jaffe, tax controversy partner Erin Gladney, project finance lawyer Emeka Chinwuba, bankruptcy attorney Blaire Cahn and funds lawyer Karl Egbert.
Jim received his JD from New York Law School and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.