James A. Cooke III, Ph.D.


  • James A. Cooke III, Ph.D.
  • Phone: +1 202 776 5252

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    901 New York Avenue N.W., Suite 700 East
    Washington, DC 20001-4795

James A. (“Jamie”) Cooke III focuses his practice on patent prosecution management, strategic client counseling, opinion preparation on issues relating to infringement and validity, and post-grant review proceedings, with an emphasis on software, business methods, graphical user interfaces, and related technologies developed and implemented by the financial services industry.

As a team lead of the firm’s Financial Technology (FinTech) industry practice group, Dr. Cooke counsels financial institutions, technology companies and emerging startups on the development, implementation and protection of distributed-ledger and blockchain technologies, smart contracts, machine learning and artificial intelligence models, post-quantum cryptographic algorithms, payment systems and innovative cryptocurrency and token technologies. Dr. Cooke has extensive experience counseling clients in patent, trademark and copyright matters related to software, mobile applications, electronic trading platforms, graphical user interfaces, content management and delivery systems, Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies, and video compression and image processing technologies. Dr. Cooke also regularly counsels clients in the life-sciences industry on the patent eligibility of computer-implemented diagnostic tools and computer-implemented gene-editing tools before the U.S. and foreign patent offices.

Through his knowledge of both U.S. and foreign patent systems, Dr. Cooke applies a unique global perspective to advise clients on worldwide filing and licensing strategies. During the course of his career, Dr. Cooke has overseen the drafting and prosecution of hundreds of patent applications and assisted clients with strategically building and managing their portfolios. He also assists clients extract value from their portfolios through licensing and other strategies, and he represents clients in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Dr. Cooke is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Yale University, and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland in fire protection engineering. Dr. Cooke also served as a visiting researcher at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, concentrating on the development and implementation of solutions to complex fluid-dynamic and chemical-kinetic problems across massively parallel, distributed-memory computing systems.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property

    - Patents
    - Financial Technology (FinTech)
    - Inter Partes Review
    - Technology Transactions and Licensing
    - Intellectual Property Litigation
    - Financial Services


  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2011
  • Yale University, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2006
  • University of Maryland, B.S., cum laude, 1999


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2021-present
    - Special Counsel, 2016-2020
  • Fish & Richardson PC
    - Of Counsel, 2015-2016
  • Finnegan LLP
    - Associate, 2011-2015
    - Student Associate, 2008-2011
  • Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC
    - Student Associate, 2007-2008
    - Technical Specialist, 2005-2007
  • IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
    - Visiting Researcher, Summer 2004
  • Yale University
    - Graduate Researcher in Mechanical Engineering, 1999-2005

Professional Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Blockchain Business Applications: Dot-Com Bust or Business Boom?” Duane Morris Commercial Contracts Checkup Series, Philadelphia and Webinar, October 11, 2018

  • “Understanding Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies: Separating Fact from Fiction,” Miami, Florida, March 2, 2018

  • “Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies: Separating Fact from Fiction,” Miami, Florida, March 1, 2018

  • “Helping Financial Technology (FinTech) Companies Compete in the US,” CLE Seminar and Webinar, New York, New York, November 16, 2017

  • “Demystifying the Blockchain: Protecting Distributed-Ledger Technologies in the Financial Services Industry and Beyond,” Washington, D.C., May 11, 2017

Representative Matters

  • Counsel a multinational financial institution on U.S. and foreign patent matters related to blockchain technologies, payment systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and digital banking technologies; assist in strategic planning and invention harvesting, and manage a patent portfolio of over 250 U.S. and foreign patents
  • Represented a financial services client in patent matters related to computerized systems for establishing, trading, and market-making in actively managed exchange traded funds (ETFs)
  • Assisted a large technology company in strategic planning, negotiation, and closing of a US 1.056 billion patent deal involving a sale of over 800 U.S. and foreign patents and a grant of a portfolio license
  • Counseled technology clients on patent matters related to computerized platforms for exchanging digital tokens for real-world products
  • Assisted technology clients in the preparation of technical white papers in support of initial coin offerings (ICOs) for computerized trading platforms and token technologies
  • Counseled technology clients on U.S. and foreign patent matters related to image processing technologies and adaptive control of digital cameras
  • CBM 2015-00157; Ocean Tomo, LLC, v. PatentRatings, LLC: Represented patent owner, PatentRatings, LLC, in a covered business method (CBM) proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB); obtained a favorable PTAB decision that denied institution of the CBM proceeding