James M. Oehler
Associate
Overview

“I feel a personal responsibility to get the job done for a client. I feel their pressure and pain. That really drives my work and makes it exciting.”

Client service is the foundation of James Oehler’s patent prosecution and litigation practice. As a professional engineer who designed power plants, James learned first-hand just how critical excellent communication with clients and third-parties is to reaching a successful outcome.

He brings that client-focused approach to a flourishing patent prosecution practice focused on diverse technology areas, including selective catalyst reduction systems, fiber optic coupling systems, automotive transmissions and accessories, medical devices, exercise equipment, paper products, and heat exchanger systems. Additionally, James’s experience as a professional engineer gives him valuable insight on utility patents in the mechanical arts.

James prides himself on practicing cost-effective patent litigation and prosecution—meeting his clients’ legal and business goals by the most efficient means possible. It’s a philosophy he practices whether he is defending a $5 million claim against a global client (which he eventually settled for a nominal payment), or advising a start up on creative ways to prosecute patents, in order to avoid delaying a product launch. Embracing the notion of thinking forward, James begins by identifying his clients’ objectives, and working backward together to achieve those goals.

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude
    Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2010
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering
    The University of Iowa, 2000
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Experience | Overview
  • As a litigator, James leads pre-suit analysis, discovery, motion practice, witness preparation and deposition, claim construction, trial, and appeals. He’s performed these functions in both federal district court cases and in ITC proceedings.
  • James’s key cases have included representing complainant Eastman Kodak Company in a section 337 patent infringement investigation at the International Trade Commission based on importation of Apple and HTC smartphone and tablet products.
  • James worked for a decade as a professional engineer for three firms—Kiewit Power Engineers, Sargent & Lundy and Black & Veatch—where his charges included all aspects of power plant design, from conception, through construction, and final testing.
  • James enjoyed a decorated academic career, including wining The Chief Justice Edward D. White Scholarship Award for highest cumulative grade point average in graduating class from Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Experience | Legal
Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
Associate, May 2011 - Present
Summer Associate, May 2009 - August 2009
Experience | Non-Legal

Kiewit Power Engineers, Lenexa, Kansas
Lead Project Mechanical Engineer, June 2010 - May 2011

Sargent & Lundy, Chicago, Illinois
Senior Engineer, Fossil Power Technologies, August 2006 – May 2009

Black & Veatch, Overland Park, Kansas
Lead Mechanical Engineer, Thermal Performance Section, June 2000 – August 2006

Experience | Teaching
  • Loyola Law School, Adjunct Professor, 2016-current
Forward Thinking
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April 15, 2016

Suggestions to amend or abolish 35 U.S.C. § 101 of the Patent Act are increasing in light of the number of software and biological patents...

Representative Matters
  • In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices For Capturing And Transmitting Images and Components Thereof, No. 337-TA-831 (U.S. Int'l Trade Comm'n 2011-2012). Representing complainant Eastman Kodak Company in a section 337 patent infringement investigation at the International Trade Commission based on importation of Respondents’ (Apple and HTC) smartphone and tablet products.
  • Northgate Technologies, Inc. v. Stryker Corp., et al., Civil Action No. 12-CV-7032, N.D. Illinois (2012-2014). Representing Northgate Techs. Inc. in a medical device patent infringement matter.
  • Trudell Medical Int’l v. RPC Formatec GMBH, Civil Action No. 14-CV-032, E.D. Virginia (2014).  Representing Trudell Medical in a medical device patent infringement matter.
Honors
  • Professional Engineer
  • Chief Justice Edward D. White Scholarship Award for highest cumulative grade point average in graduating class, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Sophie Swienton Endowed Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Patent Law, Property, Constitutional Law, and Remedies courses, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Student Articles Editor, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, 2009-2010
  • Staff Member, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, 2008-2009
  • Staff Editor, Loyola Consumer Law Review, 2007-2008
Affiliations
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
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