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James T. Buchanan



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James T. Buchanan is an associate in Sterne Kessler’s Mechanical & Design Practice Group. He specializes in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign utility and design applications. He also provides strategic advice regarding patent enforcement and assists clients in matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

James’s primary areas of practice include consumer products, medical devices, and packaging. He assists clients in settlement negotiations and preparing patent opinions.

James is also is a contributing author of Patent Office Litigation, Second Edition, published in 2017, the book provides a fresh and comprehensive exploration of patent office litigation proceedings, including how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, while delivering practical analysis and advice. This second edition of Patent Office Litigation is the follow up to the first version of the book, published in 2012 by Thomson Reuters Westlaw, that focused on the contested proceedings introduced under the America Invents Act (AIA) that year.

James is currently vice-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Pro Bono Committee. James has also lead Sterne Kessler’s Generous Associate’s Campaign for several years. The annual associate-led Campaign supports the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, D.C.’s oldest and largest civil legal services organization.

James earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law. While attending law school, he served as a content editor on the Duke Law & Technology Review. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder where he was a Jack Swigert Scholarship recipient.

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Duke University School of Law
Mechanical Engineering
University of Colorado at Boulder


District of Columbia
United States Patent & Trademark Office


American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Pro Bono Committee