Practice areas


  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 2011), cum laude; Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology
  • The University of Texas at Austin (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2008), with highest honors; Eta Kappa Nu

James Milkey is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice group.  His practice focuses on patent litigation.  Mr. Milkey has experience with a wide variety of technologies including computer security, communication networks, electrical circuit design, and semiconductor packaging.

Mr. Milkey has served as counsel in the following representative litigation matters (client bolded):

  • The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York v. Symantec Corp. (E.D. Va., PTAB), a lawsuit and inter partes review proceeding involving antivirus and anomaly detection technology.
  • Skyhook Wireless, Inc. v. Google, Inc. (Mass., D. Mass.), a federal patent infringement lawsuit related to Wi-Fi location technology, and a state court action for violation of Massachusetts business law.
  • Tessera Inc. v. Sony Electronics Inc. et al. (D. Del.), a multi-patent infringement action focused on compact and heat-resistant semiconductor package designs.
  • Constellation Technologies, Inc. v. Time Warner Cable, Cisco Systems et al. (E.D. Tex., D. Del., PTAB), multiple infringement, declaratory judgment, and inter partes review proceedings involving telecommunications and networking patents.
  • Invensas Corp. v. Renesas Electronics Corp. et al. (D. Del.), an action for infringement of multiple patents related to improved power supplies and signal quality.

Mr. Milkey earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2011 where he served as the Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology.  Mr. Milkey earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with highest honors, from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the National Electrical Engineering Honor Society.  While in school, Mr. Milkey worked at Advanced Micro Devices.  

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 2011, California