Jim Kwak specializes in patent prosecution, litigation, counseling and appellate matters. He has represented various Fortune 100 companies in the procurement, licensing and enforcement of patent rights. Jim has extensive experience in prosecuting and litigating patents in the electrical, computer, and mechanical arts including telecommunications, financial processing, hybrid motor, flat-panel display, and interactive gaming technologies.
Jim's litigation experience includes representation of multiple defendants in the Central District of California in the largest multidistrict litigation patent case in history - In re Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation: MDL 1816. As a result of his efforts in this case, he obtained summary judgment of invalidity on 46 asserted claims. In Duro-Last, Inc. v. Custom Seal, Inc, 321 F.3d 1098, 1109-10 (Fed.Cir.2003.), Jim successfully represented Custom Seal at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) overturning the lower Court's JNOV ruling finding various patents related to roofing materials invalid as being obvious. The CAFC agreed with the argument that a patentee's pre-verdict motion for judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) directed to inequitable conduct and the on-sale bar was insufficient to preserve the right to bring a post-verdict JMOL motion directed to obviousness. Based upon the successful appeal, the CAFC reinstated the jury finding in favor of the client, Custom Seal.
Jim received his J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law, where he was a member of the Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Jim earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. Jim is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to joining Standley Law Group, Jim worked for General Research Corporation as an engineering associate working with military implementation projects including military cockpit flat-panel display technology.