University of Chicago, JD, with honors, 1999
Duke University, BA in Economics and Public Policy Studies, summa cum laude, 1996
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
US District Court for the District of Colorado
US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
James Griffith is the Managing Partner of Jayaram Law’s Chicago office. For 20 years, Jim has been advising clients throughout the world on IP protection, licensing, and business disputes. His practice focuses on the acquisition, protection, licensing, exploitation, and sale of intangible assets for brand owners, content creators, and rights holders. Jim is a practical lawyer. His practice – like Jayaram Law’s – is industry agnostic. Jim’s clients work across a wide variety of industries, including fine art, consumer products, entertainment and media, technology, and healthcare.
Clients turn to Jim for strategic brand protection guidance and counsel. Jim manages all aspects of domestic and foreign brand selection and protection, including the creation, development, expansion, and management of trademark portfolios, creative brand enforcement strategies, licensing of brand assets, and advertising. Jim has conducted and reviewed countless searches and investigations for trademarks, prepared availability and registrability opinions, and prosecuted and managed hundreds of trademark applications and registrations throughout the world. Jim has also litigated dozens of trademark disputes, often involving internationally famous trademarks, in federal courts throughout the United States and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Jim’s practice also encompasses the representation of clients in connection with business and commercial disputes, false advertising claims, privacy and publicity rights, and fraud cases.
Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Blues Museum, and is the Co-Chair of the Midwest Region for the Copyright Society of the USA. Jim is a frequent guest lecturer on copyright and fair use at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and regularly serves as a CLE instructor, writer, and speaker on various issues related to trademark and copyright. Jim is an active member of the International Trademark Association and the American Bar Association. He also maintains an active pro bono practice.
When he is not practicing law, Jim is a frequent concert goer, film lover, and Duke basketball fan.