James R. Major, D.Phil.





James R. Major, D.Phil. has successfully helped a variety of clients navigate complex intellectual property matters within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields for over 15 years. Leveraging a doctorate in immunology and virology, James applies his innovative research skills to improve client outcomes and results. He has considerable experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to biopharmaceuticals, vaccines, genetics, gene therapies, small molecules, and pharmaceutical formulations. He also has significant patent opinion and litigation experience. Additionally, James has represented clients with trademark-related matters, including preparing and prosecuting trademark applications as well as opposition, cancellation, and district court proceedings.

James is the co-chair of the Amicus Subcommittee of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Patents. He was instrumental in preparing and submitting a number of amici briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.

James earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from New York Law School. During law school, he was a Staff Editor of the New York Law School Law Review, a John Marshall Harlan Scholar, and a member of the Institute for Information Law and Policy. He earned his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford and his B.A. at the University of Cambridge.

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Representative Matters

  • drafted patent applications disclosing genetics, gene therapy, pharmaceutical formulations, and antibody conjugates
  • prosecuted U.S. and foreign patent applications claiming gene therapies, DNA-protein chimeras, methods of diagnosing food allergies, vaccines, and DNA complexes
  • part of a team analyzing third-party U.S. patents to deduce future prosecution strategy
  • prepared invalidity opinions in connection with patents claiming small molecules
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Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • J.D., magna cum laude, New York Law School
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford
  • B.A., University of Cambridge

  • Co-Chair, Amicus Subcommittee, Committee on Patents, New York City Bar Association
  • Stradley Ronon Diversity Committee

Speaking Engagements

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