James "Jim" Babineau is the managing principal of the Austin office of Fish & Richardson P.C., but is frequently also found in the Boston office, where he worked for 10 years before moving to Austin in 2006. Mr. Babineau advises clients concerning the protection and licensing of their intellectual property and the avoidance of infringement risks, and manages client patent portfolios in electrical and mechanical technology areas. The clients he advises range from Fortune 100 companies to independent inventors. Many of the clients he has counseled are consumer product manufacturers, in industries like personal care appliances, toys, infant care, fasteners, robotics, power tools, packaging, fabrics, and the like. He also counsels equipment and machinery manufacturers and automotive components suppliers. He has helped to plan several international licensing programs, and has negotiated several specific intellectual property license and cross-license deals. He helps clients plan and implement an intellectual property strategy, including trademark, copyright and trade secret protection, driven by their long-term business goals.
Before beginning his legal career, he spent several years as an executive and as an automotive development engineer. His engineering duties included design and development of vehicle chassis systems and geotechnical and environmental exploration and testing equipment.
I enjoy creative people: people who like to step out of the box, kids who take crayons and draw their own lines. That's why I have the perfect job, and why I tend to form long relationships with creative clients – because I really like them. Creative people draw their inspirations and insights from a broad and diverse set of experiences, and a creative intellectual property protection strategy, whether formulated for a start-up company or a large international enterprise, will benefit from such a multifaceted perspective. That's why I'm proud of my earlier careers as a development engineer and as the head of a small manufacturing company.
That is also one of the reasons I enjoy living in Austin, a city blessed with a high proportion of creative, unique individuals. Austin is a city where creative expression is celebrated, non-conformity is normal, and individualism is respected. It is a place where people care less about pedigrees and more about competence and results – a place where, if you live and work near the river, for example, commuting by kayak seems as normal as anything else. Life is too short to stay in the box.
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