John R. Thompson

John R. Thompson

Partner
Salt Lake City, UT
Seattle, WA
Overview

About John

John R. Thompson is a partner of the firm practicing in the Technology and Intellectual Property section. He focuses his practice on electrical, computer and software patent preparation and prosecution in the United States and in foreign countries. John counsels clients on patent matters, including patentability, validity, and infringement, and on strategic intellectual property planning. John also assists with trademark prosecution, which includes protecting marks and domain names, and obtaining registrations.

While at Arizona State University, John worked as an intern on the telemetry systems of the space shuttle’s rocket boosters. Following graduation, he accepted a position with Arizona Public Service as a design engineer in the instrument and control division of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, John was a shareholder (2001-2002) and associate (1995-2000) at Madson & Metcalf, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Experience

Experience

  • Areas of concentration are energy storage systems, smart grid components, database management systems, network communication systems, Internet quality-of-service; solid-state architecture, laser measurement systems, Internet commerce security, power adapters, telecommunication broadcast systems, and renewable energy systems.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2019
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Trademark Law), 2002-2020
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Intellectual Property), 2014-2019
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000  The Worlds Leading Patent Practitioners, 2013 and 2015
  • Listed in Utah Business Legal Elite, 2008-2015, 2017-2018
  • Board of Trustees, Utah Technology Council, 2010-2015
  • Member, Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar, 1995-present
  • Member, Intellectual Property Section of the Washington State Bar, 2003-present
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 1995-present
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Moderator, “Strategies for Selling Storage Devices and Services into International Markets,” Storage Week 2011, San Diego, CA, July 14, 2011
  • Presenter, “America Invents Act,” Utah State University, Logan, Utah, April 13, 2011
  • Presenter, “Patent Pitfalls,” Intellectual Property Seminar Series, Stoel Rives LLP, Salt Lake City, UT, Sept. 21, 2009
  • Co-presenter, “Strategies for Protecting and Sharing Your IP: Patents, Trademarks, and Licensing,” Calibration Optical Research Lab, Logan, Utah, March 19, 2009
  • Presenter, “Foreign Patent Protection,” Intellectual Property Seminar Series, Stoel Rives LLP, Salt Lake City, UT, April 29, 2008
  • Presenter, “Patent Basics,” Intellectual Property Seminar Series, Stoel Rives LLP, Salt Lake City, April 17, 2007
  • Guest Lecturer, “Foreign IP Protection for Software,” International Intellectual Property Law course, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 7, 2007
  • Presenter, “International Software Protection,” Intellectual Property Seminar Series, Stoel Rives LLP, Salt Lake City, UT, Jan. 17, 2007
  • Presenter, “Avoiding Patent Pitfalls,” Intellectual Property Seminar Series, Stoel Rives LLP, Salt Lake City, UT, Jan. 11, 2006
  • Guest Lecturer, “Foreign IP Protection for Software,” International Intellectual Property Law course, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 28, 2005
  • Presenter, “Software Patent Protection,” Utah Information Technology Association, Salt Lake City, UT, Feb. 24, 2005
  • Guest Lecturer, “Protection of Computer Software,” Intellectual Property Law course, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah, Nov. 29, 2004
  • Presenter, “Patent Protection Basics,” University of Utah Edison Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, May 20, 2004



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