James "Nick" Lafave


Professional Experience
Nick is a member of the Intellectual Property & Emerging Technologies Practice Group.  He is a Registered Patent Attorney who focuses his practice on Intellectual Property Protection & Management, Licensing and Commercialization, and Technology Transfer for Research Universities and Innovation Centers. Nick has a research science background in biology and provides expertise in the area of biotechnology, with a particular focus on molecular genetics and microbiology.  Nick also works on client relations, establishing and nurturing relationships with researchers, innovators, technology transfer officers, and research centers.

Prior to joining the firm, Nick spent a summer internship working at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Art Unit 1634, dealing with personalized medicine and genetics.  He also spent two years working at a Harvard Medical School research laboratory studying host-pathogen interactions, with a particular focus on immune surveillance and immune-avoidance mechanisms.

Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Virginia
  • American University, Washington College of Law, cum laude
  • University of Massachusetts, M.S., Biomedical Sciences
  • Williams College, B.A., Biology, Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society)