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John has been writing and prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office for over 20 years. He has obtained hundreds of patents for various clients in various technological fields. 

He enjoys working with clients to identify their intellectual property goals and help them develop a strategy for achieving those goals. 

John has significant experience managing clients’ IP assets, including: PCT and international filings and portfolio management; patent portfolio analysis; Track One applications in preparation for litigation; invalidity and non-infringement opinions; patent searches and production clearance opinions; and prosecution of international applications and global patent portfolios.

John earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where he served as an editor for the Journal of International and Comparative Law and was a Representative for the Student Bar Association. He earned his B.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University in 2007 and his B.S. in Biology and English Literature (double major) from the University of Michigan in 1996.

John joined Calfee in 2023 from an intellectual property boutique law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as an Associate, Partner, and Counsel for 16 years. He also worked for four years as an Associate with another Cleveland-area boutique IP firm.


J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Editor, Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2000

B.E.E., Electrical Engineering, Cleveland State University, 2007

B.S., Biology and English Literature, University of Michigan, 1996



  • Representing a subsidiary of a publicly traded, Fortune 50 company since 2018, helping to develop the client’s domestic and foreign patent portfolio. We handle the preparation and prosecution of hundreds of the client’s domestic and foreign patent assets covering complex and fast-changing technologies. We have been entrusted to provide patent portfolio development, strategy, and management services for the client as they continue to build their portfolio in a new technology space.
  • Representing a publicly traded, Fortune 50 American multinational technology company for nearly 20 years, we have prepared and prosecuted several hundred patent applications, primarily for its Research division. Several applications prepared or prosecuted by Calfee’s team have been asserted in courts across the world and/or been subject to licensing agreements.

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA), Member



John is skilled in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in various technological arts, including the following:

  • Network architecture
  • Cellular communication
  • Wi-Fi communication
  • Computer software
  • Microchip manufacture
  • Medical imaging systems (CT, MRI, PET, SPECT)
  • Xerographic technologies
  • LED and fluorescent lamps, electronic ballasts
  • Commercial and regenerative braking systems
  • High-intensity laser power beaming
  • Industrial automation
  • Semiconductor fabrication

Licensed In

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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