Passe Intellectual Property, LLC

Passe Intellectual Property, LLC

Passe Intellectual Property, LLC is a patent law practice located in the heart of Research Triangle Park, NC (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill).

Firm Overview

Passe IP is committed to helping individuals and technology based companies located locally, nationally and internationally, achieve product success through the development, management and leverage of a strategic patent portfolio. We primarily serve clients who are individuals and start-ups though mid-sized companies.

Areas of Practice:
-Intellectual Property
-Patent Drafting
-Patent Prosecution
Main Office

Main Office
1717 Brassfield Road
Raleigh  NC  27614-9448

  • 919-256-8196
  • 919-848-5032

James G. Passe

James G. Passe (Jim) is the founding partner of Passe Intellectual Property, LLC. Jim's experience includes over 20 years in all aspects of the preparation and prosecution of US and foreign patent applications as well as all forms of patent opinions and strategic advice. Because of his varied background he has accumulated technical expertise in most areas including the life science sector, mechanical and product sector, business methods, electrical and electronic sector and medical products.

The culmination of that experience is Jim's ability to create strategies for developing, managing and leveraging product patent portfolios to maximize a client's business objectives. Prior to founding Passe Intellectual Property, LLC, Jim has served as head in-house patent counsel for both small companies and divisions of large multinational companies such as, G.D. Searle, Genencor International, Rhone Poulenc, BASF, and most recently Xsira Pharmaceuticals.

Some of Jim's more noteworthy accomplishments are the NutraSweet (aspartame), Frontline (fipronil) and Transfluor (GPCR assay) patent portfolios, co-counsel for the first US patent extension and drafting the first issued patent to a genetically modified enzyme sequence. Jim is an active speaker at events and at corporate sites. His lectures include "Basic Patent Law for the tech oriented company", "The 10 biggest patent mistakes you can make" and "Building a Strategic Patent Portfolio - not just a good idea".

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1979, Michigan and Illinois
2008, North Carolina - registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Law School:
Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law
Class of 1979, J.D.

University of Illinois
Class of 1974

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Michigan; Illinois State, North Carolina (Past Chair Biotechnology Committee) and American Bar Associations; American Intellectual Property Law Association; Federal Circuit Bar Association; Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association; National Association of Patent Practitioners; Licensing Executives Society
  • Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1979