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James L. Scott

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  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2469

    f. +1.616.752.2500


Jim Scott counsels global businesses and individuals across multiple industries to protect and promote their intellectual property rights. With over 20 years of experience and a well-developed listening ear, Jim provides practical advice to support each organization’s business objectives. Jim’s experience, combined with trusted relationships with international colleagues, provides unique value to brand owners in managing and protecting their trademark portfolios.
Jim practices in gray areas of law that requires discernment and listening, and brands often rely on him to bridge the gap between marketing objectives and legal approval. He has a talent for assessing risk and offers strategic counsel for intricate trademark matters. In addition to his law practice, Jim designed and created Capsis®, an award winning software program that automates trademark registration and protection. Capsis® won the Strategy and Innovation Impact Award at the Legal Marketing Association Technology Conference in 2016. Through this and other technology, Jim delivers exceptional guidance and service to his diverse clientele.


  • University of Notre Dame J.D. 1995 cum laude
  • Albion College B.A. 1992 magna cum laude


  • 1995, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section, Intellectual Property Law Section, Science and Technology Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association


  • Advises clients on global trademark selection, clearance, protection, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, service marks, trade names and domain names
  • Assists clients with developing international trademark filing and enforcement strategies, and manages the filing and prosecution of trademark applications in countries worldwide
  • Renders opinions on the availability and proper use of trademarks
  • Negotiates and drafts technology and intellectual property acquisition, development and licensing agreements, as well as trademark licensing, settlement and coexistence agreements
  • Represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in preparing, filing and prosecuting trademark applications, through the opposition and appeal process
  • Protects and enforces trademark rights, including opposition and cancellation actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
  • Represents clients across several industries, including: Internet, consumer goods and products, automotive supply, furniture manufacturing, health care, publishing, sporting goods, food products, insurance, financial services and software
  • Provides in-house training programs for client employees on trademark selection, clearance and enforcement
  • Manages trademark enforcement proceedings in countries throughout the world
  • Works with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to record IP rights and seize counterfeit products
  • Reviews and evaluates international intellectual property portfolios in corporate acquisitions, mergers and restructurings
  • Works closely with clients in using technology to streamline and systematize the trademark workflow process to render effective and efficient service

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Received Client Choice Award in Recognition of Excellence in Client Service, Intellectual Property - Trademarks
  • Note Editor, Notre Dame Law Review


Professional Affiliations

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Community Affiliations

  • Pregnancy Resource Center
    Board of Directors (2007-13)

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