As chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Department, Jim possesses a deep knowledge of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets laws. He provides thoughtful and strategic guidance to help clients identify, acquire, license and protect their intellectual property assets.
A registered patent attorney, Jim handles patent prosecution, infringement and validity studies, freedom-to-practice studies and design-around analyses. His experience covers a range of technologies, including electronic devices, software, robotics, power generation and delivery equipment, wireless communication technologies, composite materials, printing and packaging systems, medical devices, computer security and encryption technologies, auto parts, food service equipment and many other fields.
Jim is especially experienced in IP transactions of all sizes. On a daily basis, Jim handles software licenses, patent and trademark licenses, supply chain agreements for technology-focused businesses, exclusive marketing relationships, technology transfer agreements and outsourced development agreements.
Jim also performs IP audits and due diligence to help venture capital firms, private equity funds and potential investors understand the strength of a target company’s IP portfolio, obstacles to market entry and opportunities to expand IP. Jim also uses this experience to help startups and companies who are considering an investment or sale assess and increase the value of their IP positions.
Additionally, Jim provides counsel on matters including trademark protection, registration, use and infringement. He also has negotiated television, radio, website, sponsorship, advertising, and media contracts for professional sports franchises, advertisers and other individuals in the public eye.
Before Fox Rothschild
As an electrical engineer in the oil pipeline and electric utility industries, Jim designed and managed construction projects for a variety of power and control systems. Jim also worked in the intellectual property department of a Fortune 500 company and with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Jim serves as a mentor for the AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear startup accelerators, which were recently ranked as the number six best startup accelerator in the country.
Jim is a frequent author and speaker on IP and other issues relating to technology and the law. He is a regular lecturer at Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminars and at the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.
IP Spotlight Blog (www.ipspotlight.com)
Intellectual property is often the lifeblood of a company. As an experienced IP professional and registered patent attorney, Jim keeps you up-to-date with the legal and business aspects of intangible assets on his IP Spotlight blog. Covering topics such as licensing, due diligence, acquisition, compliance and risk management associated with patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, IP Spotlight provides insight, commentary and tips regarding recent legislation and developments relating to the business of IP.
Advertising Patents on the Rise
Patent applications and infringement claims surrounding advertising methods are on the rise as new media outlets and smartphones continue to reinvent the way companies market themselves. In our latest podcast, experienced patent attorney Jim Singer discusses the reasons behind the increase and highlights ways corporations can protect themselves from litigation.
Honors & Awards
- Included in the list of "The Best Lawyers in America" for Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law (2015)
- Named a “top attorney” in Pennsylvania for both patent prosecution and licensing by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine’s “IAM 1000” (2010-2015)
- Selected for inclusion in a list of “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (2015)