James Carlson


Title: Associate
Qualifications: U.S. Patent Attorney and Attorney at Law

Location: Houston
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James Carlson’s practice emphasizes trademark prosecution, domestic and foreign patent prosecution in the fields of computer science, electronics, and finance, invalidity and infringement analyses, and client counseling with respect to patent enforcement.


Mr. Carlson’s legal experience includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of computer software, oil and gas technologies, business methods, sensor networks, semiconductor fabrication, optical networks, wireless communications networks, and memory devices. In particular, he has significant experience overcoming patent-ineligible subject matter rejections at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for software inventions, e.g., financial services applications.  He has also drafted legal opinions directed to analyzing issued patents for patent-eligibility, infringement and invalidity analyses, freedom-to-operate studies, and patentability searches.  In addition to patent prosecution, Mr. Carlson has significant experience prosecuting trademark registrations and litigating patents involving computer hardware, telecommunications, and MEMS devices.

Mr. Carlson has over two years of engineering experience including software development testing/debugging, networks analysis, implementing telecommunication protocols, wireless network architecture design, and developing geographic information systems (GIS). Before entering law school, he worked at TFA-Wireless, a research project developed by Rice University with a local Houston nonprofit, Technology for All. TFA-Wireless involved creating an operational wireless mesh research network for serving both Rice graduate students and area residents. Additionally, Mr. Carlson worked for the National Technology Assistance Project (NTAP), a technology team under the direction of the Legal Services Corporation to provide technical assistance to legal aid organizations throughout the United States.


  • J.D., Cum Laude, University of Houston Law Center (2011)
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2005)


  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • State Bar of Texas