When patent infringement disputes arise, John D. Zele works closely with clients to develop technical and legal strategies. He then leads Morgan Lewis teams representing those clients in US District Courts; before the US International Trade Commission (USITC); and before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. In recent years, the patent infringement strategies that John developed on behalf of clients led to damage awards of more than $200 million.
John focuses his intellectual property (IP) practice on a range of other patent-related matters as well, including inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, due diligence, funding and procurement, divestment, and licensing. As a former patent examiner with the USPTO, John gained experience with products and systems related to the electrical and mechanical arts, including semiconductors, optical communications and systems, computer technologies, and medical devices.
The George Washington University Law School, 1993, J.D., With Honors