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James M. Singer


Patent Attorney

Pittsburgh, PA


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A registered patent attorney and chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, Jim provides thoughtful and strategic guidance to clients throughout the process of identifying, acquiring, licensing and protecting their intellectual property assets.He possesses a deep knowledge of patent, copyright and trade secrets laws, assisting his business clients in making sure that new technologies are sufficiently documented and protected.Jim handles patent prosecution, infringement studies, patentability opinions, freedom-to-practice studies and design-around analyses for clients across a range of industries. Fields of experience include electronic devices, software, power generation and delivery equipment, robotics, wireless communication technologies, composite materials, printing and packaging systems, medical devices, video display devices, computer security and encryption systems, innovative environmental technologies, e-commerce, auto parts, food service equipment, electronic games and synthetic coatings.

Jim regularly performs IP audits and due diligence in an effort to help venture capital firms, private equity funds and IP holding companies understand the value of their patents, as well identify obstacles to market entry and opportunities to expand their intellectual property rights. Jim is also heavily involved in the negotiation of complex technology transfer and license agreements, including software licenses, supply chain agreements, exclusive patent licenses and marketing relationships.

Additionally, Jim provides counsel to consumer product manufacturers, restaurants, professional sports teams, sporting goods companies, business consultants, service providers and others on matters including trademark protection, registration, use and infringement. Jim also has experience negotiating television, radio, website, sponsorship, advertising, and media contracts for professional sports franchises, advertisers and other individuals in the public eye.

Before Fox Rothschild

Jim’s prior work as an electrical engineer provides him with intimate knowledge in the realm of power systems design and maintenance.He has also managed construction projects in the oil pipeline and electric utility industries.Jim previously worked as a law clerk in the intellectual property departments of a Fortune 500 company and with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Jim serves as a mentor for the AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear startup accelerators, which were recently ranked as the #6 best startup accelerator in the country.

Jim is a frequent author and speaker on topics related to intellectual property law, and other issues relating to technology and the law.

Client Resources

IP Spotlight Blog
Intellectual property is often the lifeblood of a company. As an experienced IP and registered patent attorney, James Singer keeps you up-to-date with the legal and business aspects of intellectual property and other intangible assets on his IP Spotlight blog. Covering topics such as licensing, due diligence, acquisition, compliance and risk management associated with patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, IP Spotlight provides insight, commentary and tips regarding recent legislation and developments in the industry.

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Advertising Patents on the Rise

Patent applications and infringement claims surrounding advertising methods are on the rise as new media outlets and smartphones continue to reinvent the way companies market themselves. In our latest podcast, experienced patent attorney Jim Singer discusses the reasons behind the increase and highlights ways corporations can protect themselves from litigation.

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Honors and Awards

  • Included in the list of "The Best Lawyers in America" for Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law (2015)
  • Named a “top attorney” in Pennsylvania for both patent prosecution and licensing by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine’s “IAM 1000” (2010-2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in a list of “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property (2015)
Practice Areas
Intellectual Property
IP Litigation
Patent Prosecution & Transactions
Public Utilities
Tech & Venture Finance
Post-Grant Proceedings
Energy Intellectual Property Protection

Bar Admissions



J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1994

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1989

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania


3 Rivers Venture Fair, Ambassador Committee Chair (2013-2014)

Member and Past President, Penn State Alumni Association, Allegheny County Chapter

Member and Leadership OnBoard graduate, Leadership Development Initiative of Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.

IMPACT 2013 Venture Summit, Technology Track Committee, Member

Board of Directors

Founding Board Member, Silk Screen

WQED Multimedia, Board of Directors, Executive Committee

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