Intellectual Property


For more than 20 years, James Heslin has focused on helping medical device companies protect and enforce their domestic and international intellectual property rights, as well as advising venture capitalists who invest in medical technology companies. Jim's medical and surgical device clients span a broad array of technologies, including angioplasty, atherectomy, stent delivery, arthroscopic treatments, suturing devices, ultrasound imaging and therapy, gynecological devices, minimally invasive surgical equipment, implantable hearing aids, drug delivery systems, orthodontics, orthopedics, and diagnostics.

In addition, Jim has extensive experience in investor due diligence, portfolio evaluation, licensing matters, and the preparation of patent validity and infringement opinions. He also counsels clients regarding in-house intellectual property protection programs.

Prior to joining the firm, Jim was the founder and leader of the medical device technology patent group at Townsend and Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick Townsend). He also served as general counsel for Align Technology.

Jim currently serves as a member of the firm's Policy Committee.

  • J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law, 1978
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1973
    With Highest Honors
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Section, California Bar Association
  • Recognized in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine's 2014 IAM Patent 1000 – World's Leading Patent Practitioners guide
  • Named in the 2014-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America for patent law
  • Recognized as a "Life Science Star" in the intellectual property section of LMG Life Sciences in 2012 and 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Named in 2008 as one of California's leading portfolio managers by the Daily Journal in both Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Named in 2009-2013 as one of the "World's Leading IP Strategists" by IAM Magazine, London
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-849-3380

Email | James Heslinjheslin@wsgr.com

Areas of Expertise

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