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Areas of Practice:  James Zak has represented several international chemical clients in the areas of chemical synthesis, alkylation and carbon synthesis, and reactor design.  Mr. Zak has also taught several courses on patenting inventions in the chemical arts, including training foreign attorneys on practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Mr. Zak is a registered patent attorney and member of Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole & Calderon, P.C (RMSC2).  Mr. Zak earned a BS in biochemistry from University of Minnesota and a JD cum laude from The University of Minnesota Law School.  While attending law school, Mr. Zak completed the coursework necessary for a MS in Pharmacology.

Practicing patent law for over twelve years, Mr. Zak has represented international chemical manufacturers and petroleum producers.  Efficiently prosecuting patents in the chemical arts, while consistently providing actionable practical advice, Mr. Zak is often requested by clients to handle chemical applications.  The technologies clients have requested Mr. Zak handle include chemical synthesis, reaction and reactor design, biotechnology, and carbon synthesis, including alkylation and the production of aromatic compounds. 

Experienced in computer programming and artificial intelligence, Mr. Zak has also represented clients in various control processes, computer implemented production processes, and fault detection methods. 

On several occasions, Mr. Zak has been invited to share his knowledge regarding patenting inventions in the chemical arts.  This has included providing continuing legal education to attorneys on the use of data to advance patent prosecution before the USPTO.  He also trained attorneys of international chemical companies in practicing before the USPTO.

Since joining RMSC2, Mr. Zak has been specifically requested by clients for various chemical matters, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as managing global portfolios. 

University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences (B.S. Biochemistry / B.S. Neuroscience); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. Cum Laude).

USPTO; Minnesota