James J. Barta, Jr. is a registered U.S. patent attorney with degrees and work experience in the fields of computer science and electrical engineering.  His practice focuses on managing patent portfolios, including providing patentability and patent landscape analyses, preparing patent applications for worldwide prosecution, and more.

Jim works closely with global inventor teams on a wide array of complex technology, with specific emphasis on artificial intelligence (including machine learning), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile devices, gaming, image processing, virtualization, biomedical devices, bioinformatics, and advanced research topics.

Previously, Jim was the Commercial Law Group Co-Chair for one of the nation’s largest minority and women-owned law firms.  Prior to that, he ran a successful solo practice.  As a software engineer at The Boeing Company, he was recognized for outstanding performance on his work in software for aircraft avionics systems and stationary flight simulators.

Jim contributes to the IP community in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Arbitrator, 12th Budapest Pre-Moot to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, 2022
  • Co-Presenter, “The Hottest Technologies Being Patented in the U.S.: Overview and Strategies for Chinese Companies to Protect Innovation in the U.S.”, Dolcera IPTalk, March 2021
  • Panelist, “Practical Considerations for a Corporate IP Department”, Minority In-House Counsel Association Conference (Chicago – September 2015)
  • Quoted in “Gene Codes Sues New York Over 9/11 Victim ID Software; City Countersues, Calls for Dismissal”, BioInform,(November 5, 2010)
  • Co-Authored “Supreme Court Looks Dimly on Bright-line Patent-eligibility Test”, Missouri Lawyers Weekly,(July 2010)

Jim is admitted to practice in Missouri and Texas, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Washington University in St. Louis
    • M.S. in Computer Science, 1996
    • Graduate Certificate in Networking and Telecommunications, 1996
    • B.S. in Computer Engineering, 1995
    • B.S. in Computer Science, 1994
    • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1994
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
    • J.D., 1999
    • Associate Editor of the Saint Louis University Public Law Review

Jim has a basic proficiency in Hungarian.