James combines his scientific experience with his legal training in his practice to craft commercially relevant solutions for his clients’ intellectual property challenges. He is the founder and head of MoFo’s Antibody Patent Group and leads the Patent Group in the San Diego office.
As a patent prosecutor, James is well versed in obtaining focused patent protection that provides a commercial advantage in the marketplace. Prosecution is only one aspect of his practice; he also has experience in conducting intellectual property due diligence studies on both the buy and sell sides for acquisitions and funding purposes. He also provides counseling about infringement issues and post–issuance proceedings, including inter partes review and reexamination proceedings for market–leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as small to mid–size life sciences entities.
James brings a history of industry experience to his practice, applying an insider’s understanding of the scientific development process and the challenges that companies face in crafting and executing solid patent strategies for his clients. Before graduate school and law school, James worked in various laboratories: at Hybritech, Inc., a pioneer in the development of monoclonal antibodies, and at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic. He holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cellular biology from the University of California San Diego.
He counsels clients that are pursuing inventions in a variety of biotechnology–related areas, including molecular diagnostics, clean technology, cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, infectious disease therapeutics, and small molecule screening protocols, as well as those seeking protection for novel nucleic acid and amino acid sequence protection.
Dr. Mullen is ranked in the area of patent law in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers and was selected in the Top 500 list of the San Diego Business Journal for 2018. Dr. Mullen was recognized as a “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences in 2017 and has been recognized by Legal 500 (2014–2016) in the area of patent prosecution. The 2014 inaugural issue of the San Diego Business Journal's Best of the Bar list named Dr. Mullen one of the most outstanding lawyers in San Diego. In 2008 and 2010, San Diego Daily Transcript named Dr. Mullen as a Top Attorney in Intellectual Property (Transactional).
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