Professional Biography

James B. Coughlan Partner

Firmwide Co-Chair, ITC Section 337 Actions

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Jim has extensive patent litigation experience before the U.S. International Trade Commission both as a partner in private practice and in his former position as a lead staff attorney at the ITC's Office of Unfair Import Investigations. Jim has served as lead ITC counsel in over 40 ITC investigations, has litigated 14 actions through to trial at the ITC and has also litigated 4 ITC actions on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Jim served as lead ITC counsel in a major dispute involving two well-known, competing smart phone operating systems, and represented two cell phone manufacturers in one of the largest and most significant ITC actions on record which resulted in the Federal Circuit's Kyocera decision.  He has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative after the conclusion of the ITC proceedings to obtain approval for design around devices and a delay in the imposition of ITC remedial orders.

Jim's representations have involved patents relating to various technologies including wireless communication devices, 4G communication technologies, streaming video software, portable digital media players, integrated circuits, jet engines, hardware logic emulation devices, adhesives, biotechnology methods for producing growth hormones, smoke suppressants and welding wire. Jim belongs to the ITC Trial Lawyers Association.

In addition to his experience before the ITC, Jim served as legal counsel for U.S. Senator Carl Levin and as judicial law clerk for the Hon. Marion T. Bennett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Professional Recognition

  • Recommended in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, 2016

Professional Leadership

  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association

Related Employment

  • Paul Hastings, Chicago, IL, Of Counsel, 2007 - 2009
  • Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL, Of Counsel, 2003; Partner, 2004 - 2007
  • Senior Staff Attorney, U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Unfair Import Investigations
  • United States Senator Carl Levin, Office Legal Counsel


  • Hon. Marion Bennett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia

  • Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • The John Marshall Law School, LL.M., 1991
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1989
  • Bradley University, B.S., M.E., 1986