As a Registered Patent Agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), James Pawlowski has a hands-on role with much of the firm’s interaction with the USPTO, including evaluating the patentability of technologies, preparing and submitting patent applications, and responding to USPTO Actions.

James received his J.D. in May 2022, from Fordham University Law School, in New York City, where he was on the staff of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. Previously, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

He began his career at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas, while still an undergraduate, as a Test Engineering Intern. Between law school and college, James was a patent agent at two firms, Barnes & Thornburg, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Tutunjian & Bitetto, in Melville, New York. In those roles, he drafted patent applications and prepared, in total, over 180 responses to USPTO Office Actions. Subject matters included battery-operated electrical power systems, semiconductor design, eye-tracking devices, home goods, power grid operation, hardware management for data processing and storage, sensor arrays for automobiles, and computer interface technologies.

While in law school, James was also a summer associate at two firms, including Rothwell Figg. In this role he conducted research on reissue applications, expert disqualification, public use grace period, prior art cited in an IDS, and ongoing litigation. He also prepared responses to USPTO Office Actions, performed research, and drafted a consulting agreement for a producer involved in the creation of a children’s television show.

As a result of the breadth of his professional experience, James has had the opportunity to see different styles of patent applications and gain a profound education in what makes an Office Action successful. He learned, among other things, to adapt his patent strategy to a particular situation. He has a unique, invaluable ability to adapt quickly to a problem or find a solution, particularly under pressure. If something slips through the cracks, or, say, a last-minute docketing problem arises, he can put together an action plan in an hour, or prepare something for the attorney to file that day.

However, James is also a steady, consistent, and above all, thorough, researcher and writer. Detail-oriented and methodical, he bases his planning on a careful, systematic process, ensuring that he, and the attorneys he supports, are able to thoroughly understand the issues at hand, while being able to move very fast when they need to. The combination of the two makes him a valuable addition to the team at Rothwell Figg.



J.D., Fordham University School of Law

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University

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