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James De Vellis


Foley & Lardner LLP

James De Vellis is a partner with Foley & Lardner. James is an intellectual property lawyer focusing on patent portfolio development, related counseling, and post-grant practice. He is a partner in the firm’s Electronics and Patent Office Trials Practices and chair of the Intellectual Property Department in Foley’s Boston office. He is also a member of the CleanTech, Energy Transition, Automotive, and Innovative Technology Sector Teams, as well as the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Team.

James’ strategic patent portfolio development practice includes thoughtful preparation and worldwide prosecution of patent applications to build effective IP portfolios. He helps innovators secure both offensive and defensive patent protection, enabling them to operate in their intellectual space on their terms.

James practices to advance clients’ business objectives by developing sustainable patent portfolios and by acting as a check on competitors’ patents that encroach beyond their appropriate boundaries. He is active in the areas of electric vehicle technology, batteries and battery system management, autonomous technology, medical devices, AgTech, clean water tech, power grid management, internet services, voice-based devices, and other innovative spaces.

James has experience in foreign jurisdictions to complement his U.S. patent portfolio development practice. He also prepares non-infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions for industry leaders, represents clients in appeal proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and guides clients through European patent portfolio development matters. James has previously lived and worked as a U.S. patent lawyer in Europe for an Italian firm, where he focused on worldwide patent procurement and portfolio development.

Prior to entering intellectual property law, he was employed as an electrical engineer for a major brushless DC disk drive motor manufacturer.

Recent Articles by James De Vellis

The Accelerating Need for IP Protection in Clean Energy

In the dynamic world of renewable energy, companies are quickly innovating new technology and entering the clean energy arms race to generate more energy with less equipment. These innovations are often driven by the introduction of new regulations in furtherance of the federal governments announced goal of reaching 100% carbon-free electricity nation-wide by 2035. Companies can adapt swiftly to regulatory changes resulting from this goal and build their IP portfolios to drive further innovation as well as protect their research and development investment.