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James Simmons

Senior Counsel

Mr. Simmons has nearly 50 years of experience in engineering and in intellectual property law, including extensive experience both in-house and in private practice. His corporate IP experience covers all facets of intellectual property law, including patent portfolio creation and management. His in-house experience includes positions at Bausch and Lomb and Crucible Steel, as well as a 25-year tenure at Air Products and Chemicals. Prior to joining Design IP, Mr. Simmons worked in private practice for over a decade at a mid-sized IP law firm.

Mr. Simmons has represented IP clients in the fields of metallurgy, inorganic chemistry, optics, medical products, welding, thermodynamics and complex mechanical devices. He was a practicing metallurgical engineer before beginning his law career.

Mr. Simmons is also an active member of American Intellectual Property Law Association and is a former Secretary of the Association. He is an active alumnus of Lehigh University, having recently served on the oversight committee for the University’s engineering minor program.

  • B.S. Metallurgical Engineering

    • Lehigh University – 1957

  • J.D., Duquesne University – 1965

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  • New York (inactive)

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

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