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James R. Hietala
James is a Director of Post Grant Proceedings at Intellectual Ventures. Mr. Hietala defends Intellectual Ventures’ patents at the patent office, where he focuses on banking, ecommerce, mechanical, and computer technology. Before joining Intellectual Ventures, Mr. Hietala was involved in more than 20 patent litigations at a boutique law firm in the Midwest. During that time, he second chaired a patent infringement jury trial and argued dozens of dispositive and discovery motions in federal court. Mr. Hietala also supported his firm by chairing its e-discovery committee and establishing its protocol for electronic discovery. Mr. Hietala holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was a Senior Editor on the Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He has published articles on ediscovery and PTAB practice.