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April 13, 2018
John Posthumus, a renowned technology and intellectual property (IP) lawyer, has joined Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli as a shareholder in the firm’s national Intellectual Property Department. Posthumus is a nationally-recognized attorney with a 25-year track record of successfully representing domestic and international companies in matters related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. 

“John is largely and rightfully credited for the 2012 selection of Denver as the location for one of four regional U.S. Patent and Trademark offices. He worked tirelessly for years, donating his time to work closely with congressional, state and local representatives, the executive office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office main office in Alexandria, VA,” said Jennifer Evans, office managing partner for Polsinelli in Denver. “Since its opening in 2014, the Rocky Mountain Regional Patent office has been a driver of economic vitality, innovation and entrepreneurialism in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. John is a true community leader and change maker and Polsinelli is happy to welcome him to the team.”


“Having worked with closely with John during the campaign to bring the satellite patent office to Denver, I can attest to his unflagging energy and enthusiasm for enhancing the Denver business community, said Q. Todd Dickinson, senior partner at Polsinelli, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under the Clinton Administration, as well as former Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). 

“Even more importantly, John’s outstanding record in federal court itself, and Polsinelli’s clients will certainly realize tremendous benefit from his addition to the team,” said Mr. Dickinson.  “John’s knowledge of complex issues related to intellectual property enforcement and defense, as well as his technical expertise, are a great complement to his passion for his work. 

“I am drawn to forward-thinking organizations that are shaping the future of the practice of law and helping inspire entrepreneurs and inventors to do their best work,” Posthumus said. “Joining Polsinelli was a natural fit for me because of the firm’s progressive culture and reputation for excellence in intellectual property law.” 

Polsinelli has one of the largest intellectual property practices in the nation, with a deep bench of attorneys, patent agents, and scientists dedicated to helping clients solve their most complex issues related to the establishment and protection of their intellectual property. Among other awards, U.S. News and World Report recently honored Polsinelli with “1st Tier Nationally” rankings in Patent Law, Trademark Law, and IP Litigation in their most recent annual rankings of U.S. law firms.   

Posthumus offers clients strategic advice on intellectual property portfolio development and management, and advises transactional attorneys on intellectual property matters relative to mergers and acquisitions, employment disputes and licensing negotiations.

Chambers USA has recognized Posthumus as a top ranked intellectual property attorney annually since 2009.  He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell; was selected as "Lawyer of the Year" by Law Week Colorado for 2012; received the “Top Thinker” award in 2012 in the business category by The Denver Post; was recognized by The Denver Post as a finalist for its Business Leader of the Year award in 2012; was awarded Powerbook Industry Leader honors in the law category in 2013 by The Denver Business Journal;and, received the Linn Inn Distinguished Service Medal in 2013 from The Richard Linn American Inn of Court. 

For his role in securing the regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Denver, Posthumus was awarded the 2015 Metropolitan Cooperation Award by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation alongside Senator Michael Bennett. He has been recognized by 5280 Magazine as a Top Denver Attorney, repeatedly included in World Trademark Review and selected by The Denver Business Journal for its “People to Watch,” feature. He has been named by Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine as one of Colorado's "Super Lawyers" since 2009 and has been chosen as a Colorado "Top 100 Super Lawyer" since 2014.  

Posthumus is actively involved with the International Trademark Association, serving as a member of the International Amicus Committee from 2018 to 2019; the International Trademark Association on its Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee from 2016 to 2017; the U.S. Amicus Subcommittee from 2012 to 2015; the Emerging Issues Committee – Issues Identification Subcommittee from 2010 to 2011; the Dilution and Well-Known Marks Committee – North America Subcommittee from 2008 to 2009; the North America Subcommittee from 2006-2007; and, the Defenses to Dilution Subcommittee from 2004 to 2005. He was appointed to and served on a special task force charged with harmonizing the Model State Trademark Bill with the Federal Trademark Dilution Revision Act in 2007.

A Colorado Bar Association (CBA) Fellow, Posthumus is actively involved with the IP Section of CBA, serving as Intellectual Property Section Chair from 2010 to 2011, Vice Chair from 2009 to 2010 and Secretary/Treasurer from 2008 to 2009. He is past member of the Board of Directors at Disability Law Colorado (2007-17) serving over the years as both vice president and president of the board.

Posthumus earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both business administration and electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Colorado. He joins a slate of other renowned Denver attorneys at Polsinelli practicing intellectual property law including shareholders Rhiannon I. D'AgostinMichael P. DulinGregory P. DurbinS. Wade Johnson and principal Timothy A. Worrall

The Polsinelli intellectual property practice is a cross-functional group of attorneys organized to service all our client’s intellectual property needs in a variety of industries. Attorneys handle the most complex issues facing technology and high tech companies, bioscience and life sciences companies, animal science, medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical, software and business methods, data, privacy, health care IT, and any of a variety of other high tech industries.

About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 800 attorneys in 20 offices.  Ranked #24 for Client Service Excellence1 and #10 for best client relationships2 among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli was also named among the top 20 best-known firms in the nation3. The firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation. www.polsinelli.com  |  Polsinelli PC | In California, Polsinelli LLP

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