James W. Dabney

Adjunct Professor of Law
James Dabney
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Email: jwd35@cornell.edu

Naira Tahir
Cornell Law School
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Email: nt339@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

James W. Dabney heads the intellectual property and technology practice of, and is a litigation partner in, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. His litigation experiences include jury trials, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, appeals, and four successful Supreme Court appearances including TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 137 S. Ct. 1514 (2017) and KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc., 550 U.S 398 (2007). He is the author of KSR: It Was Not a Ghost, 24 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 131 (2007), and is also the sole named inventor of U.S. Patent No. 7,653,591 B1 entitled "Late Fee Avoidance System."

Mr. Dabney was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 1992. He has lectured on patent law to professional audiences throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia, including at the European Patent Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Office.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College (A.B. 1976) and magna cum laude from Cornell Law School (J.D. 1979), where he was Order of the Coif and a member of the Cornell Law Review.

Mr. Dabney is a member of bar of the States of New York and New Jersey; the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits; the Supreme Court of the United States; and various federal district courts throughout the country.


A.B. 1976, Harvard College
J.D. 1979, Cornell Law School