James C. Watson

Professional Recognition
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” – 2018-2021
  • Utah Legal Elite “Up & Coming” – 2018, 2019
  • Utah Legal Elite – 2020, 2021
  • Best Lawyers – 2021-2023
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, J.D.
  • 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

Drafting and prosecuting patent applications is the primary focus of James’ practice as a shareholder at TraskBritt. He has particular skill in the evolving law on subject-matter eligibility and has guided patent applications in impacted technologies to issuance. James’ practice 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 oil and gas exploration, semiconductor fabrication, gaming services, consumer technology, medical devices, and many more.

James was elected into the leadership for the IP Section of the Utah Bar in 2016, where he served for three years.

James received his legal degree in 2010 from the George Washington University Law School and his technical training at the University of Utah, in mechanical engineering.