Jim Weixel is a patent attorney with over 20 years of in-house and law firm experience in patent procurement enforcement and in IP operations. Jim leverages his extensive experience to help clients obtain patents, improve IP operations, and implement IP strategies.
Jim began his patent career at Verizon after a 15 year career as an electrical engineer at BBN Technologies, an R&D unit of Verizon. As a patent attorney, Jim worked with BBN to transform it from an organization that rarely patented innovations to an aggressive patent filer. During Jim’s tenure, BBN filed over 300 patent applications covering technologies such as speech recognition, computer networking, ad hoc wireless networks, quantum networking, image processing, signal processing, and acoustic sensors. BBN’s robust patent portfolio was a significant value driver when BBN was sold to a venture capital partnership in 2004.
After leaving Verizon, Jim worked for Bowditch & Dewey, LLP. and Harrity & Harrity, LLP. preparing and prosecuting patent applications on behalf of clients. In addition, Jim worked with small to mid-size clients to implement effective patent programs to protect innovation and drive portfolio growth.
Jim returned to in-house practice at The MathWorks, Inc. where he managed the company’s patent team. During Jim’s tenure, MathWorks portfolio grew by more than 700 patents. In addition, Jim improved IP operations at MathWorks by implementing an improved invention disclosure process, deploying an intellectual property management system, and implementing a taxonomy for mapping patents to products sold by the company.
At Accenture, Jim served as the IP lead for several business units having combined annual revenue exceeding $20B. Jim was instrumental in helping Accenture build its patent portfolios in distributed ledger technology, Industry 4.0, and healthcare. In addition, Jim was involved with protecting innovations in other technologies, such as financial services, machine learning, process automation, artificial intelligence, biometric identification, and pharmacovigilance.
The University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. – 1999
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S. Electrical Engineering – 1993
The Catholic University of America, B.S. Electrical Engineering – 1985
United States Patent and Trademark Office
2nd Circuit Federal Courts