James Heracklis focuses his practice on patent procurement and protection, with the goal of developing a thorough IP portfolio that comprehensively covers clients’ needs. James has experience in patent prosecution, as well as in preparing invalidity, freedom to operate, and patentability opinions. His technical experience includes various disciplines such as textiles and the associated manufacturing machinery and methods; composite materials; mechanical manufacturing equipment and consumer products; green technologies; and biomedical materials and devices.

Prior to joining BoMc, James served as a US Patent and Trademark Office Examiner and later worked as an IP litigation associate at a prominent IP-focused law firm. As an Examiner, James developed a thorough understanding of USPTO procedures and the patent prosecution process. After attending Chicago-Kent College of Law, James was part of teams that represented both patent owners and patent challengers before the U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

James has worked with patents at all of their various stages (i.e., development, prosecution, and enforcement), and appreciates the value that patents can provide to businesses and to their inventors. Based on his experiences, James is committed to creating and implementing high-value strategies for his clients to develop and protect their intellectual property rights.

* Admitted only in IL. Practice limited to matters and proceedings before federal courts and agencies.


  • Performed utility and design patent clearance opinions for a large power equipment manufacturer.
  • Collaborated with small medical device company to protect innovations and evaluate its portfolio in anticipation of sale to larger conglomerate.
  • Worked with a team of IP attorneys to develop case strategy in a lawsuit against a major American exercise equipment and media corporation.
  • Served as a USPTO Patent Examiner with distinction for four years.
  • Researched and developed advanced electrospinning techniques as a part of his senior capstone project at N.C. State University.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., May 2021
  • North Carolina State University, B.S., Textile Engineering, May 2013


  • Intellectual Property Law Association Chicago, Member
  • Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois, Member