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James De Vellis - Consulate General of Canada (CTA Boston). Boston, MA, US

James De Vellis

Partner | Foley & Lardner LLP


James De Vellis is an expert in comprehensive and thoughtful patent application drafting and portfolio development.



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.

James has previously lived and worked as a U.S. patent lawyer in Europe for an Italian firm, where he focused on worldwide patent procurement and portfolio development. Prior to entering intellectual property law, James was employed as an electrical engineer for a major brushless DC disk drive motor manufacturer.

Industry Expertise (1)

Legal Services

Areas of Expertise (8)


Sustainable Patent Portfolios

Multinational Corporations

Patent Applications


Venture-Funded Startups

Strategic Patent Portfolio Development

Intellectual Property

Education (2)

The University of Connecticut: B.A., Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1998

Northeastern University School of Law: L.L.B. 2003





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Selected Media Appearances (1)

United States: Driving The Future Of Automotive Technology

Mondaq: Connecting Knowledge & People  online


Battery capacity, longevity, charge time, safety, cost, and recyclability all pose challenges to EV mass-market deployment and adoption. Addressing these challenges requires a multidisciplinary approach encompassing data analytics, chemistry, charging, and performance management and control. While EV consumers may not appreciate all the technical battery challenges, it is clear that battery charge times and reliable EV range under all driving scenarios are palpable pain points preventing mass-market adoption. James De Vellis, Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, explored battery technology and challenges with the second group of distinguished panelists...

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