Steven James

Partner at Brown Rudnick LLP
Ranked in United Kingdom: England
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Steven James's Profile

Steven James is the lead partner for UK and European intellectual property at Brown Rudnick. Mr James practises in IP, technology and commercial law, with a focus on new technologies and innovation. His experience includes advising clients on both contentious and transactional IP and commercial matters, predominantly in the tech, financial services, life sciences, retail and media sectors. He advises on the full spectrum of IP rights, including trademarks, passing off, copyright, designs, patents, confidential information and domain names. Mr James counsels clients on the development of comprehensive IP and branding strategies, and formulates strategic approaches for the licensing and enforcement of IP rights. He also has experience of advising on defamation, privacy and data protection matters, and on the IP, technology and data protection aspects of a wide range of commercial and corporatetransactions.

Mr James has been recommended for technology, media and telecommunications and IP law in The Legal 500 UK, is listed as a “Notable Practitioner” in Managing IP’s IP Stars, and has been awarded a Distinction in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Oxford. Mr James has conducted matters before the UK Intellectual Property Office, the EU Intellectual Property Office, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the High Court and Court of Appeal, and the Court of Justice of the EuropeanUnion.

Mr James is a solicitor advocate with rights of audience in all civil proceedings in the higher courts of England andWales.

Firm Profile

Brown Rudnick combines ingenuity with experience to achieve great outcomes for our clients. We deliver partner-driven services, with a focus on collaboration in the client’s best interest. Brown Rudnick is an international law firm, serving clients around the globe. With more than 250 lawyers and government relations professionals, the firm has offices in key financial centres across the United States and Europe. We are recognised for our market-leading practices covering several targeted industries, including bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, life sciences, technology, litigation and arbitration, white-collar defence and government investigations, civil fraud, special situations, corporate finance, strategic capital, distressed debt, intellectual property, real estate, M&A, and cross-border deals and disputes.

Brown Rudnick’s Intellectual Property, IP Litigation, and Trademark, Copyright, & Advertising Practice Groups offer a full range of services, from corporate, diligence, prosecution, and litigation across all types of IP-related disciplines, ranging from contentious and non-contentious trademarks, copyright and patents to trade secrets and counterfeiting actions. Our capabilities and experience are not limited to transactions or litigation. We often advise from inception through merger, developing IP portfolios, negotiating business transactions and shepherding through complex, multi-party, bet-the-company litigation.

Our diverse client base spans a variety of industries, from no-tech, to low-tech, to high-tech, and from life sciences to electronics, to consumer goods and services. Although we have the experience and technical/industry knowledge to handle virtually any matter, we have specific experience in augmented reality, 3-D imagery and image processing; computer networking; e-commerce; food technologies and ingredients; life sciences and medical devices; semiconductor devices and processing; software; trading technologies and financial products; LED panels and LED lights; automotive audio technology; sporting goods; agricultural products; retail and hospitality; mobile systems and applications; map-based communication technology; internet services and systems; and various business methods.

We have a highly commercial approach, which our clients tell us is unusual in this market. Our team is made up of business-minded counsel who work with our client base to assist with protecting, maintaining and licensing our clients’ IP assets as well as assisting in monetising and bringing new products to market. We go beyond simply resolving legal issues and become vital business advisers to our clients, as is evidenced by the numerous examples on this submission of incredibly long business relationships with our clients.

Our IP practice groups have extensive experience in a wide range of matters across industries. The additions of new partners with deep and broad experience has sparked active collaboration of/integration with the firm’s market-leading Global Life Sciences and Global Technology Groups. Together, the collective team has significantly expanded in the life sciences area, including defending post-grant patent challenges to life-changing patented technology that Brown Rudnick’s life sciences patent team acquired for its clients. Likewise, recently we have seen the strengthened service to the firm’s portfolio of cleantech clientele and become a destination practice for cutting-edge gene technology. The recent addition of partners has dramatically expanded the firms trademark capabilities, making Brown Rudnick a destination practice for bet-the-brand trademark litigation, and trademark portfolio requires the most strategic care. Further, the new partner additions have introduced industry-specific experience – for instance, in the food science and technology area – in order to provide more holistic full-serve offering to the firm’s corporate group.

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