Jim White is a partner in VLP’s Intellectual Property Practice, with over 20 years of experience in patent procurement in a wide variety of computer-related areas, including machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques, machine vision and optics, cloud computing, augmented and virtual reality, video gaming, smart home and Internet-Of-Things (IoT), e-commerce, data mining and other big data techniques, communications technology and services, cryptography, digital rights management, operating systems, networking, decision theory, object-oriented programming, telecom, compilers, and parallel-processing. His practice focuses on the domestic and foreign prosecution of computer-related patents, and also provides services in strategic planning and analysis of patent portfolios, patent validity and infringement opinions, and patent licensing. Jim has prepared and filed hundreds of computer-related patent applications, including for clients such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Zillow, Valve Corp., Siebel, Veritone, Novantas, Chef Software, URC Ventures, Cray Computers, Inrix, etc.
Jim received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he was appointed to the Order of the Coif and served as an Executive Editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Prior to becoming a software patent attorney, he worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley for over six years. His technical degrees are from Stanford University, and include an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Symbolic Systems with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence (and with the first 2 years spent in the Electrical Engineering curriculum).
Jim has spoken on and is the co-author of the publication, “Software Patents: Procuring and Enforcing,” The Patent Resources Group. Other representative speaking engagements and publications include the following:
– “Layering Big Data, Machine Learning, And AI Onto Existing Law For Software And Business Method Patents”, Technology Law and Artificial Intelligence (AI) conference, December 2018
– “The Seemingly Inconsistent Decisions On Section 101 Regarding Statutory Subject Matter For Software And Business Method Patents”, Technology Law conference, December 2013
Jim has received various honors for his work as a patent attorney, including the following:
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Patent Law – 10 times, including in the most recent year
Selected to Washington Super Lawyers – 8 times, including in the most recent year
Recommended, IAM Patent 1000, Prosecution: Washington – 10 times, including in the most recent year
IAM Global Leader – 3 times, including in the most recent year
I am a Pacific Northwest transplant (approaching 30 years now), and every summer my family takes a vacation on the picturesque San Juan islands near the Canadian border. Strenuous activities include crabbing and s’more-making, but there is also hiking, kayaking, whale watching, and many other options.
- J.D., UC Berkeley School Of Law, 1997, Order Of The Coif, Executive Editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal
- M.S. Stanford University, 1991, Computer Science
- B.S., Stanford University, 1989, Symbolic Systems with emphasis in Artificial Intelligence
Honors & Awards
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Patent Law, 2013-present
- Selected to Washington Super Lawyers, 2015-present
- Recommended, IAM Patent 1000, Prosecution: Washington
- First Prize in national ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition on Copyright Law, 1997
- “Tips for Patent Practitioners,” LSI Technology Law & Artificial Intelligence Conference, Seattle, WA (December 2018)