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Background

James “Jim” Babineau is the Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s office in Austin, Texas, but is frequently also found in the Boston office, where he worked for 10 years before moving to Austin in 2006. Mr. Babineau advises clients concerning the protection and licensing of their intellectual property and the avoidance of infringement risks, and manages client patent portfolios in electrical and mechanical technology areas. The clients he advises range from Fortune 100 companies to independent inventors. Many of the clients he has counseled are consumer product manufacturers, in industries like personal care appliances, toys, infant care, fasteners, robotics, power tools, packaging, fabrics, and the like. He also counsels equipment and machinery manufacturers and automotive components suppliers. He has helped to plan several international licensing programs, and has negotiated several specific intellectual property license and cross-license deals. He helps clients plan and implement an intellectual property strategy, including trademark, copyright and trade secret protection, driven by their long-term business goals.

Before beginning his legal career, he spent several years as an executive and as an automotive development engineer. His engineering duties included design and development of vehicle chassis systems and geotechnical and environmental exploration and testing equipment.

James Babineau | Attorney - Austin, TX and Boston, MA

I enjoy creative people: people who like to step out of the box, kids who take crayons and draw their own lines. That’s why I have the perfect job, and why I tend to form long relationships with creative clients – because I really like them. Creative people draw their inspirations and insights from a broad and diverse set of experiences, and a creative intellectual property protection strategy, whether formulated for a start-up company or a large international enterprise, will benefit from such a multifaceted perspective. That’s why I’m proud of my earlier careers as a development engineer and as the head of a small manufacturing company.

That is also one of the reasons I enjoy living in Austin, a city blessed with a high proportion of creative, unique individuals. Austin is a city where creative expression is celebrated, non-conformity is normal, and individualism is respected. It is a place where people care less about pedigrees and more about competence and results – a place where, if you live and work near the river, for example, commuting by kayak seems as normal as anything else. Life is too short to stay in the box.

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School


M.S., University of Michigan
Mechanical Engineering


B.S., University of New Mexico
Mechanical Engineering
Tau Beta Pi

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1998
  • Massachusetts 2001
  • Texas 2007

Memberships & Affiliations

​Member: AIPLA and BPLA.

Other Distinctions

Mr. Babineau is a former Professional Engineer and engineering instructor. He is the named inventor on various U.S. and foreign patents relating to automotive systems, materials processing and subsurface geotechnical equipment. He frequently writes and lectures on foreign patent practice and strategy.

Accolades

Recognized as “IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals” (2016). ​

Named “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property, (2014-2017).

Named “Leading Patent Practitioner by IAM Patent 1000, (2014).

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November 3, 2017
James Babineau Quoted in Law360 Article, "Independence May Help USPTO Better Control Budget"
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June 22nd, 2017 | 5:00 pm CDT
Fish Recognized at Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas’ Covington Pro Bono Service Awards
Fish Recognized at Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas’ Covington Pro Bono Service Awards
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July 24, 2017
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
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June 23, 2017
Fish & Richardson Announces 36 Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
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January 11th, 2017 | 5:00 pm CST
Fish & ACC Austin Happy Hour
Fish & ACC Austin Happy Hour
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September 14th, 2016 | 1:00 pm EDT
Post-Grant for Practitioners: Inter Partes Review (IPR) of Design Patents
Post-Grant for Practitioners: <i>Inter Partes</i> Review (IPR) of Design Patents
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June 3rd, 2015 | 1:00 pm EDT
Understanding the New International Design Registration (IDR) System
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May 22nd, 2015 | 8:30 am CDT
UT Law 28th Annual Technology Law Conference
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May 21st, 2015 | 8:00 am CDT
UT Law 28th Annual Technology Law Conference
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June 4th, 2014
IP by Design: Protecting Unique Products Using Trade Dress, Patent, and Copyright Law
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February 25th, 2011
Innovations in IP Law in the United States: What European Companies Need To Know To Protect Their Most Important Assets
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March 2nd, 2010 | 8:00 am EST
Innovations in IP law in the United States: What European companies need to know to protect their most important assets
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