Jim Thomas

Shareholder

281-970-4545 ext. 150

Jim graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and from The University of Houston with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2005. While in graduate school, Jim began working as a Project Engineer at Powell Industries, where he managed the design, production, and installation of various power electronic devices for transit authorities across the nation. During his time at Powell Industries, Jim also worked with research organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute on the research and development of new products and technologies including a Solid-State Current Limiter.

In 2007, Jim began law school in the evening program at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2008, while attending law school in the evenings, Jim joined a local intellectual property law firm to gain IP experience as a full time technical advisor.  While serving as a technical advisor, Jim was active member of the Houston Journal of International Law and served as an Associate Editor in 2009.  In May 2011, Jim graduated and subsequently passed the July 2011 Texas Bar Exam.

Jim joined Fletcher Yoder in November 2011 and was elected to shareholder in 2018. During Jim’s time at Fletcher Yoder, he has been active in various roles in the legal community including being actively involved in the Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas including serving as Chair of the organization in 2020.  Jim also served as Co-Chair of the Asian Resource Group for the Intellectual Property Owners organization in 2024 and continues to be an active member of Fletcher Yoder’s DEI Committee.

Jim’s areas of technological familiarity include electrical power systems, control systems, industrial automation systems, financial software technology, semiconductor fabrication and design, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, database management, seismic data processing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and a wide variety of other electrical and mechanical arts.  Jim also provides IP support to a number of clients including hosting patent harvesting workshops, IP harvesting services related to company mergers and acquisitions, IP clearance studies, patent infringement/invalidity analysis, Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings, and other IP litigation support services.

Education

  • B.S., University of Texas, 2003, Electrical Engineering
  • M.E., University of Houston, 2005, Electrical Engineering
  • J.D., University of Houston, 2011