Ulmer & Berne LLP announces the addition of seasoned intellectual property attorney John X. Garred as Partner in the firm’s growing Intellectual Property (IP) & Technology practice, which has added seven new members since January of this year. Mr. Garred joins the firm from Tucker Ellis LLP, where he was a founding member.
Based in the firm’s Cleveland office, Mr. Garred has extensive experience counseling domestic and foreign corporate clients with respect to all aspects of intellectual property law, including procurement and enforcement of patents, trademarks and copyrights. He also counsels clients with respect to other areas of intellectual property law including protection of trade secrets, data privacy and security, and technology licensing.
“John is an ideal addition to our Cleveland office, and to our IP practice group as a whole,” said Eric M. Robbins, chair of the firm’s IP & Technology Practice Group. “His deep experience working with leading innovators in the electronics and communications fields coupled with his degrees in electrical engineering, make him well-versed in the relevant technologies and able to advocate successfully on behalf of clients, both at the Patent Office and in negotiations. He understands their business objectives and helps them reach their goals effectively, in a pragmatic and cost-effective way.”
With over 30 years of intellectual property experience, much of Mr. Garred’s practice focuses on servicing domestic and foreign businesses in connection with securing U.S. patent protection, designing products to minimize U.S. patent risks and import concerns, providing analysis and opinions concerning patent infringement and validity, and licensing. His practice also focuses on IP due diligence in corporate transactions, invention harvesting, portfolio management, and significant client counseling in connection with identifying, securing and leveraging patents and other intellectual property assets to achieve business and competitive advantages. For example, he has drafted hundreds of original patent applications and has assisted in prosecution of over a thousand U.S. and foreign patent applications in the electrical, mechanical, software, and business method areas, mostly involving high-tech electronics and communications technologies. Mr. Garred has conducted hundreds of face-to-face interviews with patent examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Mr. Garred has experience servicing foreign businesses in connection with securing U.S. patent protection, product design to minimize U.S. patent risks and import concerns, and drafting legal opinions relative to infringement or validity issues. He has extensive experience overseas, particularly with clients in Japan, China, Taiwan and Europe.
Mr. Garred earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, an M.S.E.E. in high speed computer architecture from Cleveland State University, and a B.E.E. from Gannon University.