James R. Major, D. Phil., dedicates his practice to U.S. and foreign patent and trademark matters.  His doctorate in immunology and virology as well as over ten years’ legal experience, enable him to understand the patentability of new technologies, as well as the science and data required to secure and expand patent protection in light of new statutory subject matter requirements.

James is exceptionally qualified in patent prosecution matters relating to small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies, chemical processes, formulations, industrial processes, and methods of treatment.  He is highly experienced in rendering patentability, landscape, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions particularly in the field of biologics.  James can assist players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.  He also has patent litigation experience.

Additionally, James is experienced in trademark matters, including preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign trademark applications and advising clients on trademark strategies and registration procedures, as well as trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.  He also has trademark litigation experience.

In law school, James was Staff Editor of the New York Law School Law Review, a John Marshall Harlan Scholar, and a Member of the Institute for Information Law and Policy.  He was on the Dean’s List, High Honors, and was a candidate for the Trustees’ Prize for the Highest Average in the Evening Division.

  • “IP for International Markets,” University of Cambridge Alumni CAMentrepreneurs, Webinar, June 24, 2020
  • “IP Issues in the Liquor and Cannabis Industries,” Cardozo Intellectual Property Law Society, Reservoir Bar, New York, NY, September 16, 2019
  • “Trends in Cannabis Patenting,” The Cannabis Goldrush and the IP Landgrab, New York City Bar Association, New York, NY, June 25, 2019
  • “Patents and Tribal Sovereign Immunity,” American Intellectual Property Law Association, January 23, 2019

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