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Jim   Lennon

Jim Lennon

Devlin Law Firm LLC

Wilmington, DE, USA

While many intellectual property lawyers can claim a background in science, few can claim a previous career in geology. Jim Lennon sees this as a competitive advantage. As geologists must be thoroughly trained in a range of disciplines — especially chemistry, physics, and biology — this grounding gives Jim an unusually multi-dimensional, “big picture” perspective that he brings to both patent transactions and litigation. His clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and materials industries have long recognized his ability to absorb a wide variety of esoteric scientific concepts, and to interpret those concepts for non-technical audiences.

To Jim, a client’s IP strategy can only be effective in the context of the company’s overall business objectives. As patent law continues to be redefined, often by the Supreme Court, he advises clients on all their available options, sometimes even eschewing patents in favor of other forms of protection. He views litigation similarly, as a strategic decision whose ramifications — legal, financial, and reputational — must be thoroughly weighed for business efficacy, and either pursued or settled accordingly.

Jim often acts as Delaware co-counsel in major patent litigations, yet his role is anything but passive. Judges in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware place a premium on both brevity and clarity in written materials, and Jim is known as a savvy reviewer of his co-counsel’s written submissions. He regularly provides valuable insights into the workings of the court, strengthening the work product for maximum impact and optimal results.


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