John concentrates his practice in intellectual property, strategic partnerships, venture capital financings, and the representation of technology-based and early-stage businesses, and his primary clients are software and Internet-related companies and consumer products skincare companies. He counsels clients in all aspects of creating, protecting, maintaining, licensing, and monetizing intellectual property. John is a Senior Lecture Fellow at Duke University School of Law where he teaches a course on intellectual property transactions. John has also been a guest lecturer at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment for the Entrepreneurial Experience and Entrepreneurial Execution classes. After working for two years as a management consultant, John was employed by IBM for ten years in marketing and management positions.
John received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, with distinction, from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. (with concentration in finance) from the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. He received a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
- Listed among Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite: Intellectual Property Law (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014-2016, 2018-2022)
- American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
- North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
- Wake County Bar Association
- North Carolina State Bar
- Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- 20 Wyrick Robbins Attorneys Selected to Legal Elite 2019
- 18 Wyrick Robbins Attorneys Selected to Legal Elite 2018
- 20 Wyrick Robbins Attorneys Selected to Legal Elite 2016
- 20 Wyrick Robbins Attorneys Selected to Legal Elite 2015
- 19 Wyrick Robbins Attorneys Selected to Legal Elite 2014
- Thirteen Wyrick Robbins Attorneys Selected to Legal Elite 2012
- “Intellectual Property Basics for Start-Ups,” Council for Entrepreneurial Development Entrepreneur's Workshop, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, March 2007
- “Intellectual Property,” Duke University Start-Up Challenge, Durham, North Carolina, January 2007 and January 2006
- “Joint Product Development – Who Owns What?” Kauffman eVenturing, The Foundation of Entrepreneurship, December 1, 2006
- "Basics of Intellectual Property" Capital Associated Industries Seminar, Raleigh, North Carolina, March 2004 and March 2003
- "Technology Agreements for Early Stage Companies: Top Ten Mistakes," The Laws of Science, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, March 2003
- "Directors, Email and the Internet,” National Association of Corporate Directors, October 2001
Licensing & Technology Transactions
Our Licensing & Technology Transactions practice group represents growth-oriented and technology-based companies of all sizes that seek to acquire, license, develop, commercialize, monetize, or otherwise exploit intellectual property or technology.
We counsel clients in all aspects of protecting, maintaining, licensing, and monetizing trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets. Our team has broad experience in the management and prosecution of trademark applications and registrations for a wide variety of products and industries and in the protection of trade secrets and copyrights.