Thomas James

Thomas James

Thomas James at the Law Office of Tom James - copyright, trademark and appeals
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  • Minnesota
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Thomas B James (Thomas James) is a private practice attorney with over 25 years experience at the Law Office of Tom James in Cokato, Minnesota. He focuses on business law, nonprofits, trademark registration and enforcement, copyright registration and enforcement, intellectual property licensing, and appeals. Thomas James is licensed to practice in Minnesota state and federal courts, the 8th and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal; and the United States Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice in the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board (TTAB);
In addition to practicing law, Tom James is the author of "E-Commerce Law: The Handbook for Online Business," "Website Law" and "The History of Custody Law." Has also published numerous articles in law reviews and other business and legal publications.
When he is not practicing law or writing, attorney Tom James teaches continuing legal education courses on copyright law, elimination of bias, and other topics to attorneys.

Practice Areas
    Intellectual Property
    Trademark Registration
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation
Additional Practice Areas
  • Nonprofit organization -formation and tax-exemption application
  • Copyright
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Offers flat fee options for registrations of copyrights and trademarks
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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8th Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
CLE Instructor
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Law Office of Thomas James
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Southwestern Law School
J.D. | Law
Honors: Honor student; Top student award in Constitutional Law
Activities: Judicial internship
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University of California - Berkeley
B.A. | Philosophy
Honors: Magna cum laude
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Legal Scholarship Award
American Jurisprudence
Certificate of Commendation for Contribution to the Administration of Justice
Minnesota Governor
Judges Award for Outstanding Service
Hennepin County District Court
Top Student Award for Constitutional Law
Southwestern University School of Law
Professional Associations
Minnesota State Bar
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American Bar Association
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Volunteer attorney
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Volunteer instructor
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Copyright Society
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Nonfiction Authors Association
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National Parents Organization
Advisory Board Member
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Overruling Rostker v. Goldberg: Toward an Equal Obligation to Register for Selective Service
Nebraska Law Review
Assisted Reproduction: Reforming State Statutes After Obergefell v. Hodges and Pavan v. Smith
University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class
Protecting Copyrights in Professional and Academic Writing
Sales and Use Tax Nexus: The Way Forward for Legislation
Mitchell-Hamline Law Journal of Public Policy & Practice
E-Commerce Law: The Legal Compliance Handbook for Online Business
Copyright Enforcement: Time to Abolish the Pre-Litigation Registration Requirement
Illinois Law Review
E-Commerce Sales Tax: What Your Online Business Needs to Know
Use Tax Nexus: The Illusory Utility of Volume Thresholds
Tax Notes - State
Website Law
Speaking Engagements
Registering Copyrights in Music and Music Albums for Non-IP Attorneys, CLE Webinar, online
Echion Education
Child Sex Abuse Claims: Statutes of Limitations and Revival Laws, CLE Webinar, online
Echion Education
Elimination of Bias: Helping Male Survivors of Childhood Sex Crimes, CLE webinar, online
The Gender Paradigm in Family Court, CLE webinar, online
Legal Impediments to Fathering in Minnesota, Minnesota Fathers and Families Network Annual Conference, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Minnesota Fathers and Families Network
Guidelines for Guardians ad Litem Advocating for Children in Domestic Abuse and OFP Cases, Minnesota Supreme Court GAL Program Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota Supreme Court and 10th Judicial District GAL Program
Dispute Resolution Institute
Websites & Blogs
Law Office of Tom James
Echion CLE
Cokato Copyright Attorney: The Law Blog of Thomas James
Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered
Q. I want to start an animal rescue. How do I trademark the name or copyright it so no one else can use it?
A: A trademark is what you are looking for. In the United States, they are established through use in commerce ("common law trademark.") To protect your rights in it, though, you should register it. Trademarks can be registered with a state or a federal government office. Federal registration is strong recommended, for several reasons, the primary one being that otherwise you only get protection within the geographic area of trade in which you have operated and become known. Federal registration protects your exclusive right to use it throughout the country. Federal registration is through the USPTO. You should do a trademark search first before applying. I also strongly recommend retaining a trademark attorney to help you.
Q. My brand has two name and a couple of images that represent the brand . How do I file a series
A: The U.K. and some other countries allow a single registration for a series of trademarks. In the U.S., distinctively different words or images are registered individually.
Q. Is the name "New York Stock Exchange" copyrighted?
A: Names do not get copyright protection. With names, the bigger concerns are trademark and unfair competition laws.
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Contact & Map
Law Office of Thomas James
440 Broadway Ave N
Cokato, MN 55321
Telephone: (320) 237-2711
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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