James Mitchell, BSc Chemistry, Michigan Tech, JD Law University of Michigan, specializes in pharmaceutical patent litigation, including “Hatch-Waxman” litigation, chemical patent litigation, and trademark litigation. He served as lead counsel in two successfully tried “Hatch-Waxman” cases, against pharmaceutical giants J&J-Merck, and McNeil, and as lead counsel in defending a Hatch-Waxman matter filed by Astra, which was successfully settled.
He has experience in all phases of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition litigation. He has practiced extensively in the chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical and mechanical arts. He has authored numerous validity and/or infringement opinions, several of which have been unsuccessfully challenged in judicial proceedings.
Mr. Mitchell is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court of Appeals for the Federal and other circuits, and the Courts of the State of Michigan. He has made presentations on behalf of the Judicial Conference Center and the Intellectual Property Law Institute. He has served as a member of four judicial screening committees recommending meritorious candidates for appointment to the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and for appointment to the Magistrate position. He has served on the Mayor’s task force for attracting knowledge-based industry to Grand Rapids. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property Litigation and other listings.
He is a member of the Grand Rapids and American Bar Associations and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is President Emeritus of the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. He is Chairman of the Board of Mel Trotter Ministries, and serves or has served on the following community boards: The Gerald R. Ford Council for the Boy Scouts of America, True Success, and the Advisory Council to the Hauenstein Center. Mr. Mitchell is a life member of the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Tech Fund and is a past Chairman and member of the Board of Control of Michigan Technological University.
When not practicing law, James enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading history and science, music, playing golf, softball, hockey, swimming and skiing.