Norris McLaughlin Welcomes Associate to New York Office

Posted on November 30th, 2018

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome James R. Major as an Associate.  He joins the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, concentrating his practice to U.S. and foreign patent applications.

Major 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.   Major can assist players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.  He also has patent litigation experience.

Additionally, Major 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.

Major earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2011 from New York Law School, where 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.  He 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 received a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2003 and his B.A. in Natural Sciences, from the University of Cambridge in 1996.  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.