James L.


James Cline focuses his practice on preparing and prosecuting patent applications for mechanical, electromechanical, computer implemented, control system, consumer product and medical device technologies.

Prior to joining Sutherland, James worked as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, examining applications for mechanical inventions concerning hardware, fasteners, and related assemblies and methods. James also has previous technical experience as an engineer for a medical device company, where he collaborated with surgeons on the development of spinal implants and instruments. In addition, James was an engineer for a multinational beverage company, focusing on the design of beverage dispensing equipment.

  • J.D., with high honors, University of Tennessee College of Law, Order of the Coif
  • B.S.M.E., with highest honors, Georgia Institute of Technology
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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