James De Vellis is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is  the chair of the Intellectual Property Department in Foley’s Boston office and practices in the  area of intellectual property, with a particular focus on patent portfolio development, related  counseling, and post-grant practice, including inter partes reviews. James is a member of the  firm’s Electronics and Patent Office Trials Practices. He is also a member of the Automotive  and Technology Industry Teams. 

James’ strategic patent portfolio development practice includes thoughtful preparation and  worldwide prosecution of patent applications to build effective IP portfolios. He helps  innovators secure both offensive and defensive patent protection, enabling them to operate in their intellectual space on their terms. 

James practices to advance clients’ business objectives by developing sustainable patent  portfolios and by acting as a check on competitors’ patents that encroach beyond their  appropriate boundaries. James is active in the areas of internet services, voice-based  devices, seismic data detection and analysis, electric vehicle technology, batteries and  battery system management, autonomous technology, medical devices, and other innovative  spaces. 

James has experience in foreign jurisdictions to complement his U.S. patent portfolio  development practice. James also prepares non-infringement and freedom-to-operate  opinions for industry leaders, represents clients in appeal proceedings before the U.S. Patent  and Trademark Office, and guides clients through European patent portfolio development matters.