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James R. Meyer

Retired Partner
T 215-751-2622
    Mr. Meyer is a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Group. He represents a wide range of clients in the pharmaceutical, computer, fashion, and financial services industries. Mr. Meyer has extensive experience in the selection, acquisition, maintenance, and defense of trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, Internet domain names, and copyrights in the U.S. and worldwide. This includes all business and licensing transactions related to these properties. He also focuses on the use and protection of intellectual property rights on the Internet. Mr. Meyer is the Firm's representative to the International Trademark Association and is a former officer of the Association, having been Trademark Counsel of a major multinational pharmaceutical company.


    Representative matters include:
    • Protected IP rights for a world renowned concert artist in online instructional videos.
    • Acquired IP rights for two well-known universities by registering service marks in the U.S. and internationally.
    • Policed medical publisher's copyrighted works from being unlawfully downloaded from Internet file sharing sites.
    • Successfully negotiated the settlement of a claim that a U.K. client's use in the U.S. of its international trademark infringed the rights of a U.S. trademark owner.
    • Guarded a well known food franchisor's mark against an infringing use from one of its competitors.
    • Managed international trademark portfolios on behalf of pharmaceutical and automotive clients. Specifically, registered trademarks in China previously blocked by a trademark "pirate."
    • Protected the house mark for a pharmaceutical client and prevented registration of similar marks for pharmaceutical preparations.

    Additional Background
    Before joining Schnader, Mr. Meyer was a shareholder in a Philadelphia intellectual property law firm. In addition to his client responsibilities, he supervised the maintenance and renewal of all trademark registrations for the firm's clients. Earlier in his career, he was trademark counsel for a multinational pharmaceutical company, responsible for the company's worldwide portfolio of more than 2,000 trademarks and 20,000 trademark registrations.


    • Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Board of Directors, member, 2010-2013
    • Eagle View Homeowners' Association, President and member of Board of Directors, 2009-2013
    • Germantown Jewish Centre, lifetime member of Board of Directors and former President, 1992-1994
    • Volunteer tutor in the Cole Manor Elementary School located in Norristown, PA, 2013-present


      • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1969
      • University of Michigan, A.B., 1966

      Court Admissions

      • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
      • Eastern District of Pennsylvania

      Bar Admissions

      • Pennsylvania, 1969


      • Honorable Paul Chalfin, Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia

      Professional Affiliations

      • American Bar Association, Member
      • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member
      • International Trademark Association (INTA), Representative

      Other Distinctions

      • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for copyright law, patent law, and trademark law, 2006-2015
      • Annually updates the Pennsylvania chapter of the INTA publication State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, 2000-present
      • Judge of the inaugural IP LawMeet program sponsored by Drexel University School of Law, 2012