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  • Civil Engineering, Drexel University, B.S.
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D.
  • Computer Engineering, Drexel University, M.S.
John C. Donch Jr.
Professional Experience

John focuses his practice on securing, licensing and optimizing the value of intellectual property rights. His practice includes portfolio strategy, SDO compliance, claim charts, domestic and foreign patent prosecution, patent validity and infringement analysis, state-of-the-art and patentability opinions, IP landscaping analysis, licensing, and due diligence. John is vice chair of the Firm’s electrical practice group.

Client Work

John enjoys working closely with clients and counseling them on IP strategies for realizing their business objectives and maximizing the value of their IP assets. John regularly counsels clients on patent portfolio development and strategy, patent prosecution strategy, patent acquisitions, patent divestitures, and monetization of currently owned patent assets. He focuses on securing, managing and protecting intellectual property rights to optimize their value and developing/implementing results-oriented strategies on behalf of clients.

Though his technical experience is varied, John’s particular area of focus includes wireless communications, LEDs, computer hardware, computer software, interactive entertainment systems and processes, semiconductors, and electronics.

Previous Work

John earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law, which he attended at night while employed as an Engineer. He received the Honorable Helen S. Ballick Award for pro bono legal work performed as a member of Widener’s Pennsylvania Civil Law Clinic.

John has a Master of Science in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

John has written and co-written several pieces on recent court decisions and implications on the patent practice, including:

Intellectual Property at the Supreme Court 2017

The On-Sale Bar After Angiomax

BASCOM Global Internet Servs. v. AT&T Mobility LLC: Another Glimpse into the Eligibility of Software Patents

Maintenance Fees: Trends, Anecdotes, and Strategy

Michael Jackson Tells Technology Firms to Beat It

Departure from Single Entity Rule in Induced Infringement of Method Claims

Discovery and  Claim Charts

The Federal Circuit’s Tafas v. Doll Decision

Festo and The Doctrine of Equivalents 

He has spoken on intellectual property issues to the Penn Intellectual Property Law Group at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, to Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management, and to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Delaware Valley Chapter (DELVACCA).

John was selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®, published by Thomson Reuters, in 2013-2014, and 2017-2018. He was also previously included in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, also published by Thomson Reuters, in 2006, 2008, and 2010-2012. John was also selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®, published by Best Lawyers LLC, from 2014-2019.

John also represented Volpe and Koenig’s IPromise Charitable Giving Fund as a guest speaker on Philadelphia Agenda with Brad Segall.

Professional Activities

Pennsylvania Bar Association
New Jersey Bar Association
Licensing Executives Society (LES)
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Standards Setting Committee

Bar and Court Admissions

New Jersey Bar
Pennsylvania Bar
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court of New Jersey
U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Life Beyond the Law

I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My hobbies include basketball, golf, and home improvement projects.