Lucas & Mercanti LLP | James Major
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James  R. Major


Trademarks & Unfair Competition
IP Litigation


  • New York Law School, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, John Marshall Harlan Scholar
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K., Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil.), Immunology and Virology
  • University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K., Bachelor of Arts, Pathology


  • New York State Bar
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
James R. Major, D.Phil.
Tel: 212-661-8000
On behalf of pharmaceutical, biochemical, and biotechnology clients, James Major prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent applications and provides patentability, due diligence, freedom-to-operate, white-space, and validity opinions.  His doctorate in immunology and virology as well as more than 10 years’ experience in various roles within Amlaw 200 and other law firms, enable James to keenly understand the science behind client innovations and develop thoughtful, business-oriented patent strategies.
James’s technical specialties are molecular biology, cellular biology, immunology, virology, microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, cardiovascular disease, analytical chemistry, medical devices and food science.  His patent experience includes matters relating to nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies, stem cells, small-molecules, pharmaceuticals, formulations, industrial processes, beverages and foods.
James also has extensive experience in trademark matters, including preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign trademark applications and advising clients on trademark strategies and registration procedures.



  • Member of New York City Bar Association's Patents Committee
  • Member of New York Intellectual Property Association's Patent Law & Practice Committee
  • Innovation Fellow at New York Law School's Innovation Center for Law and Technology