James H. Shalek is a partner in the Litigation Department and head of the Patent Law Group.
Jim has extensive experience litigating patent, trademark, trade secret and contractual matters in federal and state courts, and before the International Trade Commission and before arbitration tribunals. He has a gift for explaining complex technology in simple terms, and a record of success in patent cases involving a broad range of technologies that include: immunoassays, antibodies, genetic engineering, wireless communications and voice-over Internet protocols, computer hardware, software, transaction processing and graphical user interfaces, financial services, semiconductor electronics, medical device technology, bar code scanning, lasers, three-dimensional modeling, photopolymers, and optical coatings.
Jim currently is representing, or recently has represented, British Telecommunications plc, Church & Dwight, Hospital for Special Surgery, ConMed Endoscopic Technologies, Datalogic Scanning, Depository Trust & Clearance Corp., ImClone, Maidenform, Maytronics, Mitel Networks, NYSE and Shoretel in patent infringement litigation. He has represented numerous other well-known companies in patent infringement litigation, including American Honda, American Hospital Supply, Bay Networks, Genentech, Mitsubishi Electric, Raychem and Spectra-Physics. He has been involved in numerous matters in foreign courts and foreign patent offices, and frequently addresses his clients' intellectual property needs on a global basis.
Jim spent many years counseling Silicon Valley start-ups in relation to all their patent concerns. During that time, he represented Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byer, among other venture capitalists, and also represented a number of now well-known companies, such as Genentech and Cisco Systems, in their very early stages. He continues to provide strategic counseling on the development and maintenance of patent portfolios, market position, and transactions in which intellectual property issues are of central concern.
Jim also regularly handles opinion work regarding patentability and infringement, licensing matters and issues before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, where he has been involved in numerous reexaminations, reissues, interferences, oppositions and cancellation proceedings.