John represents clients in the area of strategic patent counseling, including the development of patent portfolios, freedom-to-operate strategies, and patent diligence in connection with corporate transactions. He has experience drafting and procuring patents in a wide range of technologies, including medical devices (including drug delivery devices, orthopedic devices and molecular diagnostic systems), power systems, manufacturing processes, electronic control systems, and consumer products. Given the depth of his experience, John has often been called upon as a speaker in various training and academic settings.
John also has significant experience in Patent Office “post-grant proceedings,” which refers to various Patent Office proceedings used to challenge the validity of an issued patent. Because these proceedings offer an alternative means for would-be defendants to attack patents, they can significantly impact patent litigation and disputes. John has represented both patent owners and patent challengers in these proceedings. Through this experience, John is able to help his clients before, during and after the procurement of a patent.
John’s practice is heavily influenced by his eleven-year career as an engineer, first with Cummins Engine Co., and later with Synerject, LLC. During his time at Synerject, a Tidewater-area company that provides engine management solutions, John experienced patent law from the client’s perspective as a co-inventor on several patent applications. This experience gives him a unique perspective that he brings to bear in his everyday practice.
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