James G. Passe (Jim) is the founding partner of Passe Intellectual Property, LLC. Jim's experience includes over 20 years in all aspects of the preparation and prosecution of US and foreign patent applications as well as all forms of patent opinions and strategic advice. Because of his varied background he has accumulated technical expertise in most areas including the life science sector, mechanical and product sector, business methods, electrical and electronic sector and medical products.
The culmination of that experience is Jim's ability to create strategies for developing, managing and leveraging product patent portfolios to maximize a client's business objectives. Prior to founding Passe Intellectual Property, LLC, Jim has served as head in-house patent counsel for both small companies and divisions of large multinational companies such as, G.D. Searle, Genencor International, Rhone Poulenc, BASF, and most recently Xsira Pharmaceuticals.
Some of Jim's more noteworthy accomplishments are the NutraSweet (aspartame), Frontline (fipronil) and Transfluor (GPCR assay) patent portfolios, co-counsel for the first US patent extension and drafting the first issued patent to a genetically modified enzyme sequence. Jim is an active speaker at events and at corporate sites. His lectures include "Basic Patent Law for the tech oriented company", "The 10 biggest patent mistakes you can make" and "Building a Strategic Patent Portfolio - not just a good idea".
Admitted in 1979, Michigan and Illinois
2008, North Carolina - registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law
Class of 1979, J.D.
University of Illinois
Class of 1974
Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Michigan; Illinois State, North Carolina (Past Chair Biotechnology Committee) and American Bar Associations; American Intellectual Property Law Association; Federal Circuit Bar Association; Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association; National Association of Patent Practitioners; Licensing Executives Society