Ideas. Owned.®
Jim Rieke, partner at Patterson Thuente IP
Jim Rieke is a partner with Patterson Thuente IP, with an intellectual property law practice focusing on patent prosecution, and strategic IP portfolio management. Jim counsels clients on best practices for developing strong patents and valuable IP assets domestically and internationally. He is a skilled legal practitioner with a background in mechanical and medical technologies.
Jim maintains a thriving design patent practice, in which he works with the firm's large-portfolio clients to develop and execute design patent strategies. From graphical user interfaces to consumer-focused products, Jim's knowledge of design patent strategies provides clients a valuable layer of protection against infringement. Jim regularly conducts patentability, freedom-to-operate, product clearance, due diligence, infringement, and invalidity analyses on clients’ behalf. He also has significant experience with IP licensing and patent term adjustment awards. 

Professional Experience
Before pursuing a career in law, Jim was a design engineer for one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies. His work involved designing telecommunications equipment, including connectivity solutions, as well as improving existing communications products.

Representative Technology Experience
  • Automotive and automotive accessories
  • Electric vehicles
  • UX and GUI designs
  • Consumer product designs
  • Retail arrangement designs
  • Automotive designs
  • Medical devices and medically-focused technologies
  • Automated external defibrillators
  • Infusion pumps
  • Ablation catheters
  • Peripheral intravenous needles and catheters
  • Haptic feedback technologies
  • Implantable medical devices
  • Steerable intravenous catheters and sensors
  • Cardio-vascular devices
  • ECG monitoring / diagnostic monitoring and testing
  • CPR assistance devices and training equipment
  • Vascular access products
  • Remote patient monitoring/ remote practice of medicine
  • Spinal implants and procedures
  • Agricultural implements and devices
  • Construction vehicles, attachments, and equipment
  • Snow removal technologies
  • Outdoor recreational accessories
  • Hunting, fishing, and sports applications
  • HVAC equipment and products
  • Semi-conductor processing and shipping equipment
  • Internal combustion engines
  • 3-D printing technologies
  • Furniture and interior products
  • Retail environment technology and systems
  • Indoor/outdoor consumer products


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Iowa State University
    • B.S. - 2001
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering


  • Expect More Patent Term for Inventions, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, April/May 2010

Professional Associations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Student Intellectual Property Law Association, president, 2005 to 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Minnesota