Firm Overview

My practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, in fields that include mechanical and electrical engineering, chemical, computers, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

I started my own firm three years ago. Previously, I was at a large firm that taught me a great deal and forced me to take on a good deal of responsibility early. However, the big firm was not willing to take on smaller clients and that is what I find the most enjoyable.

Example cases

One client that I am particularly proud of was a small company that I wrote a series of patents for. Based on the strength of the patent applications that I had drafted, they were able to obtain over $30 million in initial seed money. They are still going strong and look to bring their first product to market very soon.

I am just as proud of the weekend inventor that I helped obtain his dream of obtaining a patent for a mechanical device. I went on to help him get the product manufactured through my various contacts, and subsequently worked out a lucrative licensing arrangement on his behalf.

Main Office

Main
3500 W. Olive Avenue
Suite 300
Burbank  CA  91505

Phone
  • (818) 973-2720
Fax
  • (818) 973-2702

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I offer a free initial phone consultation.

An in-office consultation is $200. However, if we agree to work together during that meeting, and I receive an initial payment for those services, I waive the initial consultation fee. And if we agree to work together at a time subsequent to the office meeting, I credit $100 to the client's account.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I find that my clients prefer fixed fees for the majority of the services that I perform. This fixed cost covers all meetings, correspondence, telephone conversations, copies, postage, and reasonable revisions that will take place during the production of the documents/applications.

I also discount my prices as I continue to do more and more work for a client.

Trademark Application: $325
This fee includes a preliminary search, preparation and filing the application for one trademark in one class. I charge just an extra $100 if the client is filing the mark in an additional class.

Patent Searches: $800 - $1,600
This fee varies depending on how crowded a particular invention is with prior art (previously issued patents). If there are a considerable number of patents to read in a given field, then the price is goes up, and vice versa. The fee includes a written opinion of patentability, copies of the relevant patents, and an in-office meeting to discuss the findings.

Provisional Patent Applications: $1,700 - $2,500
This fee varies depending on the complexity of the invention. If your invention is very simple then you are going to be in the low range. This price excludes applicable Patent and Trademark Office fees which are presently $100.

Non-Provisional Patent Applications: $3,500 - $5,500
Again, this fee varies depending on the complexity of the invention, with the simplest inventions falling in the lower range. This price excludes applicable Patent and Trademark Office fees which are approximately $500.

Hourly Rates

$250/hr. However, most of my fees (as described above) are on a fixed basis.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Monica Hecht

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

None

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

In this type of practice you are rarely dealing with a "bad guy." It is just me and the inventor/entrepreneur working together to accomplish their goals.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I think it is vital to the entire process. In fact, if the client is willing, I will instruct them how to perform various tasks, such as patent searches, themselves so that they can save costs during the application process.

The more that the client understands regarding the process, the easier it is for us to work together. I pride myself in ensuring that the client understands exactly what is happening, and what will happen next, every step of the way.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Of course.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

It depends on the task, but that would definitely be possible.

James A. Italia

After graduating from college, I went to work in industry before deciding to become an attorney. I was a research scientist at National Genetics Institute where I helped to detect quantitatively HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and other various forms of viruses.

I left NGI to pursue work on a specific protein that leads to heart disease at the University of Chicago. Our lab was able to isolate this protein and I published two important articles in peer-reviewed journals regarding our findings. Our lab was also able to patent the process of isolating the protein and it was during that application process that I decided to become a patent attorney.

After law school, I was employed at the 300 attorney firm of Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips in West Los Angeles. During my three years there, I handled various tasks related to patents, trademarks, copyrights and for a period of time was the solely responsible for the firm's patent practice.

I have been on both sides of the patent desk, first as a client/inventor and now as a patent attorney. Before entering law school, I decided to patent an invention that I had. I went through the entire process as young inventor without any legal training. I filed an application, had a prototype made, and solicited a licensing arrangement with a distributor. Today, with my patent in place (U.S. Pat. No. 5,950,504), I manufacture my own product and sell it throughout the world. My experience of taking an idea to a marketable product is one that helps me provide valuable insight to my clients.

Having taken my own product through the various phases of eventually getting it to market, I have gained a unique insight that has proved to be invaluable to my clients. My expertise does not stop at the filing of the trademark or patent application. Through my various manufacturing clients and marketing companies that I trust, I can help a client every step of the way as he or she journeys from idea to marketable product.

I am a very approachable and personable person. I am always willing to do that little extra thing that shows a client that I have their interests at the forefront, no matter what else I may be working on.

Personal interests:

I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young children. I am addicted to golf, I love to cook, and I race in the occasional 5K.

License
  • Bar Number: 212815
    California , 2001
Education
  • Southwestern University School of Law
    J.D. , 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    The main reason that I chose to attend Southwestern was that they offered an accelerated law degree program. Although the program was extremely difficult, I was able to graduate in just two years rather than taking the standard three.
  • University of California at San Diego
    B.S. , 1994
    La Jolla, CA
    Major: Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    During my undergraduate career I worked at the famous Salk Institute where I helped to map memory pathways.

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