James H. Patterson

Top rated intellectual property attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Patterson Thuente IP
James H. Patterson
Patterson Thuente IP

Practice Areas: Intellectual property; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1984

Education: The University of Kansas School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 1997 - 2022

Patterson Thuente IP

80 South Eighth Street
Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Visit website


Patent attorney James H. Patterson is a Principal and founding partner of the Patterson Thuente IP law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his 30-plus years of experience, Mr. Patterson’s practice has encompassed all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, licensing, dispute mediation and litigation. 

A recognized leader in the legal community, Mr. Patterson works with mid-size and large regional technology companies, as well as Fortune Global 500 corporations, providing them with senior-level strategic counsel and ensuring that their patent dollars are spent wisely.  

Mr. Patterson enjoys working with inventors and the challenge of patenting ideas that are twists on everyday products 

Practice areas

Intellectual property

Focus areas

Patents, Intellectual property law

  • 100% Intellectual property

First Admitted: 1981, Missouri

Professional Webpage: https://www.ptslaw.com/attorney/patterson-james-h/

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 1997 – 2022, Super Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Lexology Client Choice Award, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013 – 2022, Best Lawyers
  • ABA National Public Service Award, 2013
  • Recognizes attorneys around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. Client nominated., Client Choice Award, Lexology, 2016
  • Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Lawyers Network, 2001
  • North Star Lawyers, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012-2020
  • Established in 2005, Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond the other players in the market., Client Choice Award, Lexology, 2016
  • IAM Magazine Patent 1000, 2013-2022, IAM Magazine
  • Selected as Attorney of the Year with four other attorneys, including Jay Erstling and Amy Salmela of the Patterson firm, for their roles on the LegalCORP Inventor Assistance Program team. , Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Officer, 2017
  • United Inventors Association, Board Member
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Intellectual Property Institute Board of Advisors
  • AIA Pro Bono Advisory Council, Chair, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, HCBF/VLN Advisory Committee
  • Reached a settlement in a pro bono copyright infringement case for a solo artist from Serbia against a Fortune 500 retailer and Ohio-based distributor, 2021
  • United Inventors Association, board member
  • Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna Inn of Court, Officer
  • University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, Volunteer Researcher – IP
  • AIA Pro Bono Advisory Council
  • Access to justice for the disadvantaged is another passion that drives Jim's career. He has been providing pro bono services through the Hennepin County Volunteer Lawyers Network and other organizations for 20 years,
  • Children's Heart Fund of Ethiopia - Minnesota, Board Member
  • Call for Justice Initiative, Advice/Brief Service Pilot Program Development Advisory Panel Leader
  • LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, Steering Committee
Educational Background:
  • University of Kansas, JD, Order of the Coif, 1981
  • United States Naval Academy, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1972
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Ethical Issues in Providing Pro Bono IP Representation,” John Marshall Law School Center for Intellectual Property Information & Privacy Law, co-presented with William Covey – USPTO, May 22, 2018, Speaker, Ethical Issues in Providing Pro Bono IP Representation, John Marshal Law School Center for IP Information & Privacy Law, 2018
  • Adjunct Professor, Hamline University of Law
  • “Developing Good Patent Claims: A Fellow’s Guide to Successful Interaction with the OTC,” University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center Fellows Boot Camp, October 2009-2013
  • “The LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program,” MN-CLE, March 2015
  • “Protecting and Commercializing Inventions,” Minnesota Inventors Network, May 2015
  • “An Intellectual Property System Relevant to Texas Inventors and Entrepreneurs,” Texas Global Innovation and Intellectual Property Summit, August 2015
  • Panel on Inventor Groups, Licensing & Pro Bono, Invention-Con 2017, Washington, DC, August 11, 2017
  • Pro Bono Legal Help for Inventors, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, May 31, 2012
  • White House Recognizes Minneapolis Lawyers’ Pro Bono Program, Twin Cities Business, February 24, 2014
  • Upper Midwest Jazzed Up About Expansion of Patent Pro Bono Program, IP Watchdog, May 2, 2015
  • A Brief History of the Pro Bono Patent Assistance Program, UIA, August 28, 2017
Industry Groups:
  • Electronics
  • High-technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Device

Office location for James H. Patterson

80 South Eighth Street
Suite 4800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-361-0309


26 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 1997 - 2022

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