James E. Hudson III works to protect the products of the mind – inventions, artistic creations, and brands – for individuals and businesses, collectively known as intellectual property or IP. These protections take the form of patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks, and may include licenses and acquisitions, employee and contractor agreements, non-compete agreements, and internal product reviews. Jim represents clients suing violators for infringement of any of these protections, or defending against the claims of competitors.
Jim’s experience in IP is the result of setting and accomplishing clearly defined goals, a trait he has carried forward. When pressed in high school to provide a personal statement for his Eagle Scout award, he stated that he wanted to be a Patent Attorney. His father held several patents and Jim enjoyed learning about new technologies. On this path, Jim obtained a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, passed the Patent Agent Exam, and graduated from South Texas College of Law/Houston.
Jim’s knowledge is enhanced by his professional experience. Jim spent eight years practicing at a small firm, ultimately known as Keeling Hudson, before joining Crain Caton & James. As an attorney in a small firm, Jim gained experience in protecting client intellectual property, in preparing and trying cases, and in addressing issues on appeal. Jim prosecuted patents and trademark registrations for his clients and litigated before various Texas trial and appellate courts, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Texas Supreme Court. Since joining Crain Caton & James, Jim has expanded that representation to federal courts in other states and the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
Clients appreciate Jim’s start-to-finish assessment of IP matters, and finding the appropriate solution to the client’s problem. His work includes ensuring that appropriate agreements and documents establish the business owns the resulting IP, securing protection for that IP in various countries around the world, and litigating against competitors who copy the IP or overreach on claims of IP ownership.