James M. Schleicher, Ph.D., Partner


James Schleicher, Ph.D., is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Dr. Schleicher is a patent practitioner who has successfully guided numerous U.S. patent applications to allowance and has advised on patent validity, infringement, freedom-to-operate, invention patentability, and technology landscape. He is fluent across a broad spectrum of technologies and is highly specialized in spectroscopy, optics, and semiconductors. Dr. Schleicher has successfully represented a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors, on patent-related matters.

He has strong knowledge in a broad range of technologies:

  • spectroscopy (fluorescence, Raman, surface-enhanced Raman, MRI, NMR),
  • optical systems (lasers, optics),
  • semiconductors,
  • semiconductor methods (fabrication, vapor deposition, etching),
  • semiconductor devices (p-n junctions, diodes, HFETs, VDP sensors, Hall sensors, MOSFETs, solar cells),
  • nanotechnology fabrication and applications,
  • assay/diagnostic systems and methods (lab-on-chip technologies, microarrays, microfluidics, immunology-based and fluorescence-based detection),
  • energy generation (solar power generation, gasification processes – including use of biomass),
  • chemicals (cleaning, printing, cosmetics, food applications),
  • polymers (emulsion polymer systems, dendrimers),
  • pharmaceuticals,
  • ultrasound systems and methods (therapeutic, imaging, phantoms).

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Education and Honors

  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2011)
    • Dean’s Scholarship
  • Yale University (Ph.D., 2008)
    • Major: Physical Chemistry
    • Richard Wolfgang Prize for Best Thesis in Department of Chemistry
    • Thesis: “Terahertz Emission Spectroscopy of Gallium Arsenide and Thin Magnetic Films”
  • Yale University (M.S., 2003)
    • Major: Biophysical Chemistry
  • Michigan State University (B.S., with honors, 2002)
    • Major: Chemistry

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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