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James Charles Simmons, American lawyer. Bar: Pennsylvania 1965, United States District Court (western district) Pennsylvania 1965, (eastern district), 2001; United States Court Appeals (3rd circuit) 1965, United States Court Appeals (federal circuit) 1977.


Simmons, James Charles was born on June 5, 1935 in New York City. Son of James Knight and Helen (Bielefeld) Simmons.


Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1957. Juris Doctor, Duquesne University, 1965.


Metallurgical engineer, Crucible Steel Company American, Midland, Pennsylvania, 1964-1966;attorney, Crucible Steel Company American, Pittsburgh, 1966-1967;contract administrator, Nuclear Materials & Equipment Corporation, Apollo, Pennsylvania, 1967-1969;patent attorney, Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, New York, 1969-1994;assistant general patent counsel, Air Products and Chemical, Inc., Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1994-1997;senior attorney, Ratner & Prestia, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1994-1997;partner, Ratner & Prestia, Allentown, since 1997.


Member American Bar Association (committee chair Invention Committee, since 2001), American Intellectual Property Law Association (secretary 1993-1996. Committee chair Invention Issue Committee since 2001) Pennsylvania Bar Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, Bar Association Lehigh County, Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court.


Married Carolyn Ann Edwards, June 12, 1957. Children: James M., Shawn M. Dzielawa.