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Jim Baunach

Jim's practice focuses on patent procurement, prosecution, licensing, and strategic intellectual property portfolio management in software and computer-related matters. Examples of expertise include web-based and mobile systems, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, augmented and virtual reality, digital video, and wireless communication systems. Jim has successfully handled hundreds of U.S. and international patent matters for clients ranging from small startups to large global corporations. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Portland (1996) and holds a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law (2000), where he received the Dean's High Paper Award in Patent Law and Policy.

Jim’s technical experience includes working in the software engineering department at Tektronix, Inc. and as a software engineer at a subsidiary of NEC, Inc. After receiving his law degree, Jim also served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a communications officer and network design engineer. He later gained international experience by spending two years working as a U.S. patent attorney in Beijing, China.

Jim has many years of experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in electrical and software-related technologies, developing clients’ internal patent programs, and providing non-infringement, invalidity, and patentability opinions. He also specializes in IP strategies and counseling clients on their domestic and international intellectual property portfolios' strategic development.

Willamette University College of Law - J.D. 2000
University of Portland - Computer Science - B.S. 1996

Jim is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the American Bar Association.

Jim served as Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section. He was Co-Chair of the CLE course The America Invents Act: Practical Advice for Practitioners, Inventors & Businesses presented by the Washington State Bar Association IP Section.


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Honors & Awards

Dean’s High Paper Award in Patent Law and Policy