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James Sprowl, patent attorney and technology expert, dies at 70

James Sprowl was an expert on the nexus of law and technology. (HANDOUT / October 17, 2011)

James Sprowl was an expert on the nexus of law and technology. (HANDOUT / October 17, 2011)

Long before laptops and LexisNexis became standard tools of the legal profession, patent attorney James Sprowl was working to connect his colleagues with technology.

A lifelong resident of the North Shore, Mr. Sprowl taught computer law classes at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Loyola University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Chicago-Kent College of Law, his wife said. He also was an expert witness in several high-profile computer patent cases, including one lawsuit brought by Apple against the manufacturer of a clone computer.

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