James F. Herkenhoff is a partner in our San Diego office. He focuses on client practice and represents clients in diverse stages, from start-up companies to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Herkenhoff has developed patent portfolios and completed due diligence and agreement work that has helped several clients achieve significant business goals. Mr. Herkenhoff also has expertise in a wide variety of complex technologies involving aerospace, mechanical devices, electronics, medical devices, lasers, telecommunications with an emphasis in wireless technology, computer architecture, electrical devices, and the Internet. Mr. Herkenhoff is a registered patent attorney.
Mr. Herkenhoff has completed due diligence projects in such fields as endovascular products including catheter securement, atherectomy devices, and balloon catheters, intraosseous vascular access devices, biopsy devices, medical temperature management systems, sporting goods, and product dispenser machines. Patents drafted by Mr. Herkenhoff have been licensed for more than $100 million.
In addition to his educational background in mechanical engineering, Mr. Herkenhoff has more than 10 years of technical experience at Rockwell International and The Boeing Company. At Rockwell International, he was an engineer performing design and structural analysis, and fabrication support for complex rocket engine systems, specializing in combustion devices. Mr. Herkenhoff built upon this experience during his subsequent tenure as a senior engineer at The Boeing Company supporting the Space Shuttle's rocket engine program. While at The Boeing Company, his principle responsibility encompassed engine failure analysis for the Space Shuttle’s development and flight programs across the country. Mr. Herkenhoff also received the distinguished Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award from NASA for his dedication, commitment to excellence, and achievements in support of the space program. This award is one of the highest presented by NASA and industry.
During his legal education, Mr. Herkenhoff received First Honors Awards in Technology and Privacy Law and Aviation Law. He is also a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society.
Mr. Herkenhoff joined the firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2006.
Selected as one of the "San Diego County Top Attorneys" in 2015 by the San Diego Daily Transcript (SDDT), based on a survey of his peers, for his work in intellectual property law.
Author, "Patent That Idea: How to Navigate Patenting Construction Innovations" Construction Executive. (March 2020)