Jim Batchelder is a partner and senior trial lawyer in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property litigation group. He has been recognized by Chambers and named one of The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, one of the Best Lawyers In America, and one of California’s Top Intellectual Property Lawyers. He has over 35 years of experience litigating high-stakes intellectual property cases in district courts and the ITC, and was named a PTAB “Legal Lion” by Law360.

Jim has held numerous leadership roles at Ropes & Gray, including as managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, and as a 10-year member of the firm’s governing policy committee.

Jim frequently lectures and publishes on intellectual property issues and strategy. He also volunteers as a coach for high school mock trial and debate teams.


  • Representing Apple in multiple patent infringement actions involving electronic sale and transmission of music and video, fast booting of computer operating system, real-time transaction processing, graphical user interface delivery, data storage and access systems, digital rights management, and biometric authentication procedures.
  • Representing Samsung in multiple patent infringement actions involving digital cameras and reduced area imaging devices.
  • Representing HP in multiple patent infringement matters pertaining to embedded servers, website testing, data analytics, band-limited channel allocation, and audio compression.
  • Representing SAP in multiple patent infringement and trade secret matters pertaining to software for price determination, resource allocation, and supply chain management.
  • Representing Emerson in ITC, district court and PTAB actions arising in the field of mesh networking.
  • Representing Palo Alto Networks in multiple patent infringement actions pertaining to security systems and network traffic monitoring.
  • Representing Akamai in multiple patent infringement actions pertaining to content delivery systems.
  • Representing Huawei in multiple patent infringement actions pertaining to telecommunications technology and user interfaces.
  • Representing Teradyne in an action for copyright infringement in the field of digital test instruments.
  • Representing Becton Dickinson in an action to redress trade secret misappropriation and related torts arising in the field of cytometry.
  • Representing Target in an action directed to location-based marketing.
  • Representing YMTC in an action directed to semiconductor fabrication techniques.
  • Representing LGE in an action directed to wireless communication systems.
  • Representing Collision Communications in multiple actions directed to patent infringement and breach of contract.
  • Representing Motorola in ITC and district court patent infringement actions involving the Xbox 360, Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9.
  • Representing IP Bridge in several patent infringement actions arising in the field of semiconductor manufacturing and wireless communication systems.
  • Representing Egenera in an action for infringement of a patent directed to a reconfigurable virtual processing network.
  • Representing Walker Edison in ITC and district court actions alleging copyright infringement.
  • Representing TiVo in multiple ITC and district court patent infringement and contract actions involving interactive program guides and related technologies.
  • Representing SkyKick in action asserting a patent directed to cloud-based data migration.
  • Representing Applied Biosystems to redress unfair competition and false advertising in medical device market.

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