Clark Hill PLC

James Murphy

Senior Counsel

Clark Hill PLC

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Jim has litigated, obtained and licensed all forms of intellectual property, negotiated myriad complex and basic transactions, and generally counseled clients in all areas of intellectual property law and related commercial litigation for more than 20 years.
His litigation experience began as a Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge James H. Alesia in the Northern District of Illinois, followed by his private practice, which included all phases and aspects of litigation, including trials and appellate practice. Jim is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and represents clients in all areas of PTO practice.
Jim has successfully represented plaintiffs and has achieved verdicts or settlements for clients resulting in collections of millions of dollars. He has also successfully defended clients against various charges of infringement and other assertions of intellectual property.
Jim successfully represented Midwest Electronic Specialties, Inc. in Riviera Distributors, Inc. v. Midwest Electronic Specialties, Inc., Case No. 04-1430 (C.D. Ill.), and won attorneys fees for his client in a copyright dispute involving computer software for a video poker game. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the result and granted our client its attorneys fees including fees and costs on appeal.
In his most recent trial, Jim served as co-lead counsel for the plaintiff in Electro-Mechanical Corp. v. Power Distribution Products, winning a jury verdict of willful infringement and validity of all patent claims at issue in the case.
Jim’s practice involves a diverse range of technologies, including telecommunication systems, electronics manufacturing, lighting systems, electro-mechanical gaming devices, hospital kinetic bedding, home consumer products, financial pricing model methodologies, dental x-ray technology, implantable cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers, balloon angioplasty catheters, spinal implants and surgical tools, and other medical technology. In addition to patent matters, Jim also represents clients in the areas of antitrust, trade secret, trademark and trade dress, copyrights, and Lanham Act cases.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Casinos and Gambling Casino Law, Gaming Law, Gaming Licensing, Internet Gaming Law, Lottery Law, Pari-Mutuel Racing, Riverboat Gaming Law, Sweepstakes
Commercial Law Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Bad Faith, Commercial Constitutional Law, Commercial Crimes, Commercial Fraud, Commercial Liability, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Mediation, Commercial Torts, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Transfers, Commercial Trusts, Complex Commercial Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Law, International Sale of Goods, Negotiable Instruments, Retail Liability, Sale of Goods, Secured Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, Warehousing
Computers and Software Computer Contracts, Computer Crime, Computer Fraud, Computer Law, Computer Security, Computer Software Law, Computer Technology, Data Protection, Information Technology, Information Technology Contracts, Information Technology Licensing, International Computer Law, Software Copyright, Software Licensing, Software Protection, Software Publishing Technology
Contracts Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, International Commercial Contracts, International Contracts
Copyrights Copyright Infringement, Copyright Licensing, Copyright Litigation, Copyright Prosecution, Copyright Protection, Copyright Registration, International Copyright Law, Internet Copyright Law
Intellectual Property Artistic Property, Brand Management, Chemical Intellectual Property, Electrical Intellectual Property, Electronic Intellectual Property, Industrial Models and Designs, Industrial Property, Industrial Property Rights, Intellectual Property Arbitration, Intellectual Property Enforcement, Intellectual Property Infringement, Intellectual Property Licensing, Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, Intellectual Property Procurement, Intellectual Property Prosecution, Intellectual Property Rights, International Intellectual Property, International Licensing, Internet Intellectual Property, Literary Property, Mechanical Intellectual Property, Medical Intellectual Property, Merchandising, New Media Law, Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property, Piracy, Proprietary Rights, Protection of Personality
Patents Biochemical Patents, Biotechnology Patent Prosecution, Biotechnology Patents, Business Method Patents, Chemical Patent Prosecution, Chemical Patents, Computer and Software Patents, Computer Architecture Patents, Design Patents, Electrical Patent Prosecution, Electrical Patents, Electro-Mechanical Patents, Electronic Patents, International Patent Prosecution, International Patents, Internet Patents, Mechanical Patent Prosecution, Mechanical Patents, Medical Patents, Metallurgical Patents, Molecular Biology Patents, Patent Applications, Patent Infringement, Patent Interference Practice, Patent Licensing, Patent Litigation, Patent Portfolio Management, Patent Prosecution, Patent Protection, Pharmaceutical Patent Prosecution, Pharmaceutical Patents
Trade Secrets Theft of Trade Secrets, Trade Secret Misappropriation
Trademarks Counterfeiting, International Trademarks, Internet Trademarks, Lanham Act, Service Marks, Trade Dress, Trade Names, Trademark Arbitration, Trademark Infringement, Trademark Licensing, Trademark Litigation, Trademark Prosecution, Trademark Protection, Trademark Registration


  • Federal
  • Illinois

Employment History

  • Systems Analyst | Arthur Andersen & Co. (now Accenture)

    1987 - 1989

    Business systems software development and management consultant services


  • B.S., Engineering | Michigan State University

    1983 - 1987

    Multi-disciplinary degree in Mechanical and Electrical engineering with a minor in Finance

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  • Chicago, Illinois, Cook County

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