Jim Lester leads MacCord Mason's litigation group in the Greensboro office. Jim has practiced in the areas of technology-related litigation and intellectual property for over 30 years and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has experience litigating patent disputes involving software (medical imaging, e-commerce), textiles (yarns, fabrics, and garments), high speed machinery (sorter/conveyors, knitting machines), industrial products (dye tubes, detergent dispensers), electronics (printer chips, telephone switching devices, DSL enclosures), chemicals (ruminant feed supplements, fabric finishes), research devices (free electron laser, microwave gun), household goods (stair parts, smoker/grill), and furniture (dinette cushions, headboards, sofas). He has also handled dozens of judicial and administrative proceedings involving copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and domain names.
Jim's approach to dispute resolution is proactive and designed to eliminate unnecessary costs. He has worked closely with large corporate patent departments and with solo entrepreneurs. In all cases, he has applied his experience and legal skills to define the issues and present the facts in a light most favorable to his clients.
Mr. Lester is admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina and Virginia, before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Fourth Circuit, the Court of Federal Claims, various Boards of Contract Appeals, the Federal Courts in North Carolina and Virginia and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has also participated in arbitrations administered by the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Duke Private Adjudication Center. In 2006, he was named a North Carolina Superlawyer in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation.
Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from MIT in 1979 and his law degree from Duke University in 1982. In 1992, he was among the first group of mediators certified by the Supreme Court of North Carolina to perform mediations of civil cases in the Superior Courts of North Carolina. He has acted as a neutral in over fifty mediations, most of which have involved intellectual property issues.
Jim's hobbies include coaching FIRST Robotics teams, interviewing applicants to MIT and playing tennis. He is an Executive Advisory Board Member of NC FIRST and the Regional Chairman of the MIT Educational Council.
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