Jim Anable, of counsel at COJK, focuses his practice in dispute resolution, where he has served as lead counsel in numerous court actions, arbitrations, and mediations in both federal and appellate courts. Jim's career has spanned the gamut of legal practice relating to patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.  His experience relating to patent drafting and prosecution includes numerous technologies such as aircraft flight control, communication and navigation systems, computer implemented manufacturing and testing systems, analog and digital circuits, and systems for determining the path and logging information related to pipelines and oil wells.  Prior to practicing law, Jim acquired extensive technical experience in the areas of discrete and integrated circuits, semiconductor manufacturing techniques, computer-generated speech, acoustics, and the design of analog and digital circuits for telephone station sets, and mobile telephone systems.

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  • Professional Experience

    • Christensen O'Connor Johnson KindnessPLLC
      Seattle, WA, 1975 - 2007, 2009 - present
    • Townsend and Townsend and Crew
      Seattle, WA, 2007 - 2008
    • Bell Telephone Laboratories
      Murray Hill, NJ, 1972 - 1975
  • Technical Experience

    • Research and Development Engineer
      Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1966 - 1972
    • Research and Development Engineer
      The Boeing Company, 1965 - 1966
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
    • Washington State Patent Law Association
  • Representative Experience

    • Bombardier Inc. v. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation et al 
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
      Representing plaintiff Bombardier, Inc. in a complaint alleging among other claims, trade secret misappropriation under federal and state law.
    • Hydro-Blok USA LLC, et al. v. wedi Corp. 
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
      Representing Hydro-Blok USA LLC, et al. in patent infringement, Lanham Act, false advertising, and breach of contract causes of action.
    • wedi Corp. v. Seattle Glass Block Window, Inc.
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
      Representing defendant Seattle Glass Block Window, Inc. against a complaint for various causes of action, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
    • The Tire Hanger Corporation v. Shinn Fu Company of America, Inc., et al
      U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
      Representing defendants Shinn Fu Company of America, Inc. and Shinn Fu Corporation against complaint for allegations of patent infringement.
    • MercAsia USA, Ltd. v. Jianqing “Johnny” Zhu and 3BTech, Inc.
      U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
      Representing MercAsia USA, Ltd. in enforcing patent rights and to obtain preliminary injunction related to consumer products.  
    • wedi Corp. v. Wright et al. 
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington 
      Representing defendant Hydro-Blok USA LLC, et al. against complaint of various causes of action, including unjust enrichment based on misappropriation of trade secrets.
    • Microsoft Corporation v. The Software King et al. 
      U.S. District for the Western District of Washington
      Represented defendants against allegations of copyright and trademark infringement and related commercial claims.  
    • Protochips, Inc. v. Hummingbird Precision Machine Co. a/k/a Hummingbird Scientific
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
      Represented defendant Hummingbird Scientific against allegations of patent infringement pertaining to electron microscope sample holder technology, and to oppose a related motion for preliminary injunction.  Obtained early dismissal of case after opposing motion for preliminary injunction.  
    • Dorman Products, Inc. v. PACCAR Inc
      U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
      Successfully defended PACCAR Inc in a declaratory judgment action to enforce patent rights and defend against various state law unfair business practice allegations.
    • Weatherhaven Resources, Inc. et al. v. Vantem Modular, LLC et al. 
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington 
      Represented all defendants in patent litigation matter pertaining to mechanical devices.
    • Alfdex AB et al. v. PACCAR Inc 
      U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
      Represented defendant PACCAR Inc in patent infringement litigation pertaining to centrifugal separators for cleaning gas emitted from crankcase of a diesel engine. Obtained favorable settlement.
    • PACCAR Inc v. Four State Int'l Trucks, Inc. et al 
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
      Successfully represented plaintiff PACCAR Inc to enforce intellectual property rights in various design patents, trademarks, and trade dress.
    • InterForm Inc. v. Target Corp. 
      U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
      Successfully defended Target Corporation in patent litigation matter pertaining to mechanical devices.
    • Molycorp Minerals, LLC v. HaloSource, Inc.
      U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
      Represented defendant HaloSource, Inc. in a suit for breach of contract, misappropriation, and declaration of ownership of certain intellectual property related to water purification. Obtained favorable settlement. 
    • Microsoft Corp. v. Motorola, Inc. et al. 
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington 
      Successfully represented third party Research In Motion, Ltd. to prevent public disclosure of sensitive information produced during the course of discovery.
    • Illinois Tool Works, Inc. et al. v. Seattle Safety, LLC
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington 
      Defended Seattle Safety, LLC in a suit for breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and patent infringement related to crash test sleds. Obtained summary judgment on damages and non-infringement. Case settled thereafter on favorable terms.
    • Eazypower Corporation v. Jore Corporation
      U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
      Defended Jore Corporation in a patent infringement and patent mismarking case related to flexible extensions for powered screwdrivers. Case settled thereafter on favorable terms.
    • Sundesa, LLC et al. v. PerfectShakers.com 
      U.S. Court for the District of Utah 
      Defended PerfectShakers.com in a patent infringement, misappropriation of trade dress and unfair competition action involving a beverage mixing device.  Favorable settlement obtained dismissing a portion of the claims.
    • SI Technologies, Inc. v. Stress-Tek, Inc., et al. 
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington 
      Represented SI Technologies in a patent declaratory judgment action involving load cells for vehicle weighing systems. Favorable settlement reached after discovery.
    • Pacific Unidata, Ltd. v. Unidata, Inc., et al.
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
      Represented Pacific Unidata, Ltd., in related cases in Washington and Colorado, involving computer software copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation. Obtained a favorable arbitration award and a $15.95 million dollar settlement.
    • Dx/Dy Voice Processing, Inc. v. Teligence, et al.
      U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
      Defended First Media Group, Inc. in a patent case related to collect callback features for telephonic communications systems. Favorable settlement achieved after completion of discovery phase.
    • Seoul Semiconductor, LTD. v. Nichia Corporation, et al.
      U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
      Represented Seoul Semiconductor, Ltd. in a patent case involving short-wavelength, gallium nitride (GaN) laser diodes. *
    • Tehrani v. Polar Electro, et al. 
      U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

      Defended Physi-Cal Enterprises in a patent case involving estimation of energy expended during exercise. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement. Affirmed on appeal.
    • I/O Concepts, Inc. v. R. Brent Johnson, et al. 
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington 
      Represented I/O Concepts, Inc. in a declaratory judgment suit involving multi-console management of mainframe computers. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement. Affirmed on appeal.
    • Alexander Global Promotions, Inc. v. McDonald's Corporation, et al.
      U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
      Represented Alexander Global Promotions, Inc. in a copyright infringement suit related to bobblehead dolls. Favorable settlement obtained prior to trial.
    • Kapak Corporation v. Pacific Bag, Inc. et al.
      U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
      Represented Pacific Bag, Inc. in declaratory judgment and patent infringement actions involving stand-up pouches equipped with degassing valves commonly used for packaging coffee. Related case in Washington. Favorable settlement obtained in each case.
    • Pacific Bag, Inc. v. Kapak Corporation
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington 
      Represented Pacific Bag, Inc. in declaratory judgment and patent infringement actions involving stand-up pouches equipped with degassing valves commonly used for packaging coffee. Related case in Minnesota. Favorable settlement obtained in each case.
    • Stratos Product Development Group, Inc. v. International Technology Associates, et al.  
      U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
      Represented Stratos Product Development Group, Inc. in a patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition case involving a touchpad pointing device. Favorable settlement obtained upon filing motion for summary judgment.
    • ZMI Corporation v. Physio-Control Corporation 
      U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington 
      Represented Physio-Control Corporation in a patent infringement action related to external cardiac pacing. Trial Court judgment of non-infringement affirmed on appeal by the Federal Circuit. 

     

    (*indicates represented while at another firm)

Education

    • J.D., summa cum laude, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1975
    • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1968
    • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 1966

Bar & Court Admissions

    • District Courts: N.D. Cal., E.D. Tex., E.D. Wash., W.D. Wash.
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Washington State Bar
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