Litigation Attorney, Patents and Trademarks
Mr. James Conte has been recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers. Mr. Conte’s peers awarded him the leading lawyer designation for 2020 and 2021.
James brings a wealth of success and experience in all facets of Intellectual Property. In the patent, trademark, and copyright space Mr. Conte represents large and small businesses and individuals on worldwide intellectual property acquisition, transactions, and enforcement. He routinely obtains key patents and trademarks in the United States (US) and internationally.
In his patent practice, Mr. Conte is an expert in the preparation and filing of United States provisional patent applications to protect ideas in the early stages of product development. He prepares and successfully prosecutes to a grant of patent United States non-provisional patent applications to protect US innovation, international patent applications to provide protection for inventions in foreign countries, and US and foreign design patent applications to protect the look of a products.
In his trademark practice, Mr. Conte has extensive experience in acquisition of word and design marks and the obtention of trade dress protection for the look of industrial and consumer products and architecture, including acquisition of trade dress in the look of restaurants. He develops strategies to protect alphanumeric designations that started as part numbers. He also develops local trademark protection in key states in which a client needs to enforce trademark rights.
In his litigation practice, Mr. Conte has first- and second-chair federal and state trial court experience. He vigorously defends clients against charges of patent and trademark infringement. He has successfully defended clients against claims asserted by Starbucks, Talking Rain, and H & R Block. On the flipside, he successfully enforces the rights of clients in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and non-compete matters. Mr. Conte has litigated breach of contract matters for Household Bank and personal injury matters for Arctic Cat.
James advises clients in a variety of industries, including media and entertainment, telecommunications, electronics, resorts and hospitality, financial services, and others and provides counseling in the area of patent and trademark risk assessment, legal management, contracts and regulations and has specialized knowledge obtained as a bank auditor.
2020 Leading Lawyer, The Nations Top Lawyers, based upon a survey of peers
Intellectual Property Association of Chicago - Past Litigation Chair
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Glencoe Youth Services - Board Member
UCLA Alumni Group -Board Member
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, Juris Doctor
United State Attorney, Las Vegas, NV, Law Clerk
University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, Bachelor of Science, Pre-Med
Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, Biotechnology Certification
Technical Electromechanical Engineering experience through 7 years of patent application writing in the field
General Science Studies - Qualified as having special scientific knowledge under Patent Office standards to register as patent attorney
United States Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit