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James Amend

James M. Amend, Esq.

Case Manager
Debra Lewis
T: 612-332-8225
F: 612-332-9887
333 So. Seventh St., Ste. 2550, Minneapolis, MN 55402-2470


James M. Amend, Esq. brings over 40 years of intellectual property experience to his JAMS practice, including seven years as Chief Circuit Mediator for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In that capacity, he mediated over 500 cases involving appeals from claims of patent infringement and counterclaims for patent invalidity, inequitable conduct, and unfair competition arising nationwide from U.S. District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Patent Office.

These matters spanned a diverse set of technologies, including computers, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, mechanical inventions, industrial processes to name but a few.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Chief Circuit Mediator, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C., 2007-2013
  • Mediated claims in trademark matters arising from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Founding member and chairman of the Expert Neutrals Panel of the International Trademark Association
  • Special master to several District Court Judges to conduct claim instruction hearings and recommend claim constructions

Representative Matters

  • Numerous Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical cases between branded drug patent owners and generics desiring to enter the market
  • Patent infringement charges by and against major computer and chip manufacturers and software and application developers
  • Patent infringement cases involving medical devices such as stents, surgical instruments, wound healing devices, and orthopedic tools and implants
  • Patent infringement cases involving devices and industrial processes in the water treatment, printing, packaging, power control, and construction fields
  • Patent infringement cases involving aircraft and helicopters
  • Design patent cases involving boats, containers, jewelry, and clothing
  • Recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2020
  • Author, Patent Law – A Primer For Federal District Court and Magistrate Judges (Eds. 1998 and 2006)
  • Consulting Professor, Patent and Intellectual Property Law, Stanford University Law School, 1996-1997
  • Former Chairman, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Copyright Subcommittee
  • Former Chairman, International Trademark Association, Expert Neutrals Panel
  • Speaker on mediation at many bar association functions including:
    • Federal Circuit Bar Association
    • U.S. Patent Office Society of Patent Examiners
    • Licensing Executives Society
    • IP Section of the ABA
    • Federal Judicial Center Workshop for Circuit Mediators
    • Association of Corporate Patent Counsel
  • Chief Circuit Mediator, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C., 2007-2013
  • Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago, Illinois, Intellectual Property Practice Group, 1968-2007
  • Fulbright Scholar, British Unfair Competition Law, London School of Economics, 1967-1968
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Michigan, 1967
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, University of Michigan, 1964
    • Outstanding Senior Engineer, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary

Counsel Comments

    • "Without Jim’s persistence, professionalism and creativity, the case would not have settled."
    • "Jim was well prepared.  He kept the process moving and helped remove obstacles that allowed the parties to reach settlement."
    • "We settled the case, but more importantly the mediator was very skillfull in moving the parties toward settlement."



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