Our Team

Passé Intellectual Property, LLC offers a wealth of IP knowledge and expertise in a variety of technical fields. Additionally, Passé Intellectual Property LLC offers years of experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, trademarks, litigation, licensing, contracts, and other intellectual property-related issues.

Success in the field of intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, licensing) demands an in-depth understanding of the underlying technologies and the surrounding intellectual property law. Patent lawyers must pass the patent bar in addition to their law degree to practice before the United States Patent Office. Our staff members are all experienced professionals with practical experience working in business in addition to the law firm setting. This experience allows us to successfully interact with our clients, and provide the real-world experience on which practical advice and counseling is based. It also gives us practical experience in dealing with ideas and inventions that are necessary for a successful product or service introduction into the marketplace.

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James (Jim) G. Passé

Founding Attorney

Jim’s experience as a patent lawyer includes over 35 years in all aspects of the preparation and prosecution of US and foreign patent applications, as well as all forms of patent opinions and strategic advice. Because of his varied background, he has accumulated technical expertise in most areas including life science, medicine, mechanics and production, electrical engineering and electronics, computer-related, and business methods. 

Alana Black

Head Paralegal & Office Manager

Alana joined the firm in April 2019 as a paralegal. She has worked in the customer service industry for over 25 years and provides exceptional customer service to our clients. She is the friendly face and voice of the firm, helping our clients over the phone as well as greeting them in person. Alana is extremely passionate about making our clients happy and meeting all of their needs.

Kelly Sauer

Legal Administrative Assistant

Kelly is passionate about helping others, which makes her a great fit for our team.  Determined to see things through, Kelly’s efforts never fall short in completing anything handed to her.  With over 12 years of experience in Administration and Office Management, her team efforts and attention to detail yield professional results and satisfied clients.



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