Jim Bell is a U.S. and European Patent Attorney and has more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of patent law. Having lived and practiced in France for over 11 years before returning to the U.S., Jim specializes in U.S. and European patent preparation and prosecution, applying a global perspective to all aspects of his practice.

Jim has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications, both U.S. and foreign, constantly striving to provide a product ready for filing and prosecution anywhere in the world. His global experience has proven valuable in shaping the strategies he applies to his prosecution and counseling practice. Having a degree in mechanical engineering and long experience as a software engineer, Jim specializes in electro-mechanical technologies, having prepared and prosecuted cases ranging anywhere from purely mechanical to purely software-based inventions, with electronics and others in between. He has served clients in wide range of industries, such as the automotive, aeronautic, green energy, software development, digital security, and cosmetics industries.

Jim enjoys teaching and training colleagues, clients, and students about the intricacies of US and European Patent Law in seminar and university settings. During his time in France, he taught and presented on numerous topics at Panthéon-Assas (Sorbonne), the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (University of Strasbourg), and the French Intellectual Property Institute (INPI), among others. Teaching these classes gave Jim the opportunity to meet current and future IP professionals from around the world, and to discuss in a collegial environment, the laws and regulations of various patent systems throughout the world.

Prior to joining MH2 Technology Law Group, Jim was an associate at several of the largest French intellectual property firms in Paris, and before moving to Europe, practiced as a U.S. Patent Attorney at the firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner. In his first career, he enjoyed 8 years as a software engineer and database administrator, managing and developing applications in client-server and web-based environments.

Jim is fluent in both English and French, and continues slowly toward his next goal of becoming fluent in German.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • European Patent Office


  • Juris Doctor, with honors, George Washington University Law School
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)

Representative Publications & Presentations

  • J. Bell, “Obtaining Right to Priority Should be Your First Priority,” CBDL Newsletter, December 2017, available at: http://www.bdl-ip.com/cn/actualites/flash-info/id-184-obtaining-right-to-priority-should-be-your-first-priority
  • J. Bell, et al., “Machine, Apparatus, or Transformation, Consequences of US Section 101 and the European Applicant,” Vol. 04-09, EPI Information, 127-133 (2009), available at: http://patentepi.com/de/epi/download/89ee2119-1855-49d1-b18d-ed5217e81a72/2009_04_epi_info.pdf
  • J. Bell, et al., “Point of Novelty for a Design Patent Must Include a ‘Non-Trivial Advance’ over the Prior Art,” Last Month at the Federal Circuit, September 2007, available at: https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=60f47a93-ba42-4ddf-b5ab-2d3bf7c4e77f