James C. Watson


James has vast experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications, which is the primary focus of his practice as a shareholder at TraskBritt. He has particular skill in the evolving law on subject-matter eligibility under § 101, and has successfully guided patent applications in embattled art areas to issuance. James’ depth of knowledge in patent drafting and prosecution is complemented by his breadth of experience across the intellectual property spectrum, including utility patents, design patents, trademarks, and copyrights. In each of these areas, he advises clients throughout the process, including strategy for generating rights, securing rights, clearance opinions, validity opinions, infringement opinions, due diligence, and enforcement. James serves clients across a broad spectrum of technical fields, including tools for oil and gas exploration, semiconductor fabrication, frontend and backend gaming services, headphones, medical devices, and many more.


James was elected into the leadership for the IP Section of the Utah Bar in 2016, where he served until 2019. During his tenure, James planned the most successful IP Summit to date, an annual CLE event drawing hundreds of attendees and national leaders in the IP community for keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions on IP-focused issues. He also prioritized diversity and increased minority representation in IP Section events and leadership, a commitment that permeates his career.


James received his legal degree in 2010 from the George Washington University Law School and his technical training at the University of Utah, having received a degree in mechanical engineering. He was awarded Best Oral Advocate at the Giles Rich Moot Court Competition that focuses on patent issues during law school.

Professional Recognition

  • Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” – 2018-2019
  • Best Lawyers – 2021

Areas of Special Expertise

  • Coordinating worldwide intellectual property protection
  • Infringement, validity, enforceability, and freedom-to-operate evaluations
  • Oil and gas exploration and production technologies
  • Post-grant proceedings, including reissue, reexamination, and inter partes review
  • Semiconductor device design, packaging, and fabrication
  • Sporting goods
  • Technology evaluation and invention identification
  • Wagering games and supporting devices

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Utah Bar

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Utah
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Community and Professional Organizations

  • Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
  • Vice Chair, Utah State Bar, Intellectual Property Section


  • The George Washington University Law School
  • University of Utah, B.S. Mechanical Engineering


  • Italian

Prior Professional Experience

  • Engineering Intern, Kennecott Utah Copper
  • Mediator and Clinic Director, The George Washington University Law School Consumer Mediation Clinic
  • Dean’s Fellow, The George Washington University Law School Legal Research and Writing Program

My Technical Fields