James Long

Patent Attorney
Li & Cai Intellectual Property in Taiwan

Mr. Long is a Patent Attorney with Li & Cai Intellectual Property in Taiwan.  He did his undergraduate at University of Texas Austin and went on to get a Masters of Music at Louisiana State University Baton Rouge. He went to Law School in Arkansas while playing Viola in the Arkansas Symphony and teaching Viola adjunct at University of Central Arkansas.  He also finished a dual degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School which he attended summers. After graduating and practicing in Little Rock with the Quiggle Law Firm he became involved in Environmental Justice and sued the EPA and Arkansas Department of Pollution Control and Ecology over the burning of the Dioxin Waste (Agent Orange) left over from the Vietnam War at the Vertac Superfund Site.  They achieved a stay in Federal Court of one month but not a full preliminary injunction. This cemented a desire to more fully understand the science behind it all.  After serving as Public Defender in Benton County he came to Taiwan in 1996 when the Computer Industry was just taking off.  He worked in large patent prosecution firms while finishing the 40 hour requirement under Plan B to be a US Patent Attorney, studying Electrical Engineering at ABET accredited University of North Dakota.  He finally settled on Li & Cai, a midsized firm, and became involved in the historical background of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board while overseeing the US prosecution of patents originally filed in China and Taiwan, as well as trademarks, licensing and settlements.  With the implementation of the AIA, and the burgeoning importance of IPRs, his blog PTAB.US which indexes patent appeals and cross-references selected examples with cited precedent, many of these early historical USPQ cases not available on Google Scholar, has become a reference source for both Examiners at Alexandria USPTO as well as large companies and law firms in Europe, Asia and the US.  James considers John Welch’s Blog The TTABLOG® Keeping Tabs on the TTAB® and the column “The Amateur Scientist” in Scientific American as well as the movie Anatomy of a Murder as great primary influences.