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James J. Boyle Ph.D.
+1 571 203 2724

Two Freedom Square
11955 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190-5675

+1 571 203 2700
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • University of Virginia School of Law
    J.D., 1999
  • University of Virginia
    Ph.D., Physics, 1992
  • University of Wisconsin, Parkside
    B.S., Physics, 1986

James J. Boyle Ph.D.

Of Counsel

Jim Boyle's practice focuses on all aspects of patent protection, including litigation, licensing, opinions, and patent prosecution. He has extensive litigation experience in federal district courts, including experience before the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation; the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC); and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has prepared and prosecuted patents related to complex electrical, chemical and physics-based technology and processes. He also regularly counsels clients on licensing issues, and, overall, has advised clients in a variety of technologies, including in-flight entertainment systems, database systems, and telecommunications systems.

Prior to joining Finnegan, Dr. Boyle gained seven years of experience as a research physicist, with a particular focus on computing and understanding the dynamics of laser/atom interactions and processes.


  • In re Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation, (C.D. Cal.). Represented FedEx in litigation in the district courts and on appeal in complex multi-district patent litigation regarding interactive call processing systems.
  • Certain Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp Inverter Circuits, 337-TA-666 (ITC). Represented Monolithic Power Systems in a patent infringement investigation relating to power inverter technology.
  • Three-year post-doctoral appointment as Fellow at Harvard's Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, 1991-1994.
  • Served as associate editor on the staff of the American Heritage Dictionary, 1994-1996.
  • Served as editor-in-chief of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, 1998-1999.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for patent prosecution, re-examinations, and post-grant proceedings, 2016.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law (vice chair, Nanotechnology Committee, 2010-2011; chair, Nanotechnology Committee, 2008-2010)
  • American Physical Society
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

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