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James R. Farmer, Ph.D.

James R. Farmer, Ph.D.

Attorney| Salt Lake City


An experienced intellectual property lawyer, James Farmer focuses his current practice on drafting and prosecuting patent applications for clients in the aerospace industry. He also has extensive experience representing clients in complex intellectual property and commercial disputes before federal and state courts, arbitration panels and the International Trade Commission, drafting opinions and license agreements and conducting due diligence investigations and analyses for corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to practicing law, James earned Masters and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering and held post-doctoral fellowships at Princeton and Brigham Young University, specializing in engineering physics, fluid mechanics and applied mathematics. Notable industry experience and collaboration include NASA Ames Research Center, David Taylor Model Basin, Office of Naval Research, General Electric Corporate Research and Development, Intelligent Aerodynamics and Reynolds Cycling.

  • University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., 1999)
  • Princeton University (Ph.D., M.S., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, 1993)
  • University of Vermont (M.S., B.S., Mechanical Engineering,1986)
  • American Bar Association
  • Human Outreach Project, Board Member (2006-present)
  • Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, Legal Advisor (2003-2014)
  • Reynolds Cycling, General Counsel and Director of Technology (2015-2017)
  • Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy, Of Counsel (2006-2015)
  • NASA Ames Research Center, Senior Research Scientist (2008-2009)
  • Holland & Hart, Associate (2003-2006)
  • Holme Roberts & Owen, Associate (2000-2003)
  • Utah
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Utah