James E. Hough focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes and securities litigation. His matters have included breach of contract claims, joint venture dissolutions, trade secret misappropriation claims, and distribution agreement disputes, among others. He has also conducted internal investigations, and represented witnesses and subjects of government investigations.
Mr. Hough is also a seasoned patent litigator. His experience includes a variety of technical fields, including biotechnology, semiconductors, medical devices, and “business methods.” His copyright experience includes software, jewelry and toy designs, and rights to musical compositions. In a high-profile case, he represented the author and publisher of the best-selling book, Memoirs of a Geisha.
Mr. Hough joined Morrison & Foerster in 1991. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Head of the Litigation Department in the New York office, and from 2012 to 2018, he was the Head of the Litigation Department in the Tokyo office. While residing in Tokyo, Mr. Hough was licensed as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi and was a member of the Daini Tokyo Bar Association. Currently, Mr. Hough is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association (for which he served as vice chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section), and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (for which he served as Secretary of the Arbitration Committee).
Mr. Hough obtained his law degree (J.D., 1986), cum laude, from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow scholar, a member of the Order of the Coif, and a recipient of the John Norton Pomeroy and the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prizes.
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