James "Nick" Lafave

Registered Patent Attorney

Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies Practice Group

Professional Experience

James “Nick” Lafave is a Registered Patent Attorney who focuses his practice on Intellectual Property Protection & Management, Licensing and Commercialization, and Technology Transfer for Research Universities and Innovation Centers. Mr. Lafave has a research science background in biology and provides expertise in the area of biotechnology, with a particular focus on molecular genetics and microbiology.  He also assists with innovators to develop commercialization strategies leveraging international intellectual property laws and treaties to preserve intellectual property rights and product development opportunities.

As a researcher, Mr. Lafave studied biology at Williams College, where he graduated with honors for his research into microsatellite markers in the local house finch population.  He spent two years working at a Harvard Medical School research laboratory studying host-pathogen interactions, with a particular focus on immune surveillance and immune avoidance mechanisms.  Mr. Lafave earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, where he studied drug tolerance mechanisms in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) using whole genome screening and gene cloning strategies.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lafave spent a summer internship working at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Art Unit 1634, dealing with personalized medicine and genetics.

Bar Admissions

    • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) - Registered Patent Attorney
    • Virginia


    • American University, Washington College of Law, cum laude
    • University of Massachusetts, M.S., Biomedical Sciences
    • Williams College, B.A., Biology, Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society)


Balsara, Z.R., Mishagi, S., Lafave, J.N., Starnbach, M.N., “Chalmydia trachomatis Infection Induces Cleavage of the Mitotic Cyclin B1,” Infect. Immun. 74:10 pp. 5602-5608 (2006).

Personal Interests

Mr. Lafave prefers to spend his free time traveling to explore new places and cultures, but also enjoys hiking and camping with his family.