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  • Education
    • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 2008
    • B.S., cum laude, Bucknell University, 2005, Computer Science
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
    • District of Columbia, 2010
    • Virginia, 2008
    • Missouri, 2014
John Bednarz truly enjoys working with inventors and entrepreneurs. He counsels clients by applying his computer science background and experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. He also has experience working with clients in obtaining and enforcing patents related to Internet systems, graphics processing, communications, mobile systems, databases, computer architectures, user interfaces, and business methods.

Prior to joining Polsinelli, John worked at intellectual property boutiques in Washington, D.C. where his practice focused on all aspects of United States and foreign patent preparation and prosecution, as well as United States post-grant proceedings. Prior to law school, John participated in the Transatlantic Program where he interned with NCR Corporation in Augsburg, Germany. While with NCR, he served as a software engineer intern with German coworkers to develop point-of-sale software. In addition, John completed a software engineering internship with the U.S. Postal Service Integrated Business Solutions Center in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., where he assisted with the development of parcel tracking software. John has also developed multiple iOS applications that are available for download in the iOS App Store.

In addition to his legal experience, John has a deep understanding of a variety of programming languages including C/C++/Objective-C/C#, Java, XML, HTML, and SQL. He also has developer experience under a variety of operating systems including Solaris, Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. 

John also provides open source software licensing and compliance guidance for clients and is a Black Duck Certified Legal Professional.

During law school, John received the CALI Award for the highest grade in Patents & Trade Secrets. He completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Michael F. McKeon of Auburn, New York City Court and served as an intern with the Crown Prosecution Service in London, England. While at Syracuse University College of Law, he served as Technical Director for Impunity Watch, Executive Editor for the Syracuse Science and Technology Law Reporter and an Associate Editor for the NIABA Digest Law Journal, where he had an article published related to eBay v. MercExchange.
  • Obtained numerous patents for large software companies concerning mobile devices, internet-based systems, user interfaces, and three-dimensional displays
  • Filed numerous patents for a large database company
  • In an ex parte reexamination defense of mobile device software, protecting a patent from becoming invalidated for a large software client
  • Successfully appealed applications and obtained patents for a large software company
White Papers
Co-Author
January 21, 2019
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Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Patent Law Update: Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions and Trends at the USPTO
October 2018
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Alert: Recent Federal Circuit Decisions Provide Mixed Messages on Patent Eligible Subject Matter
Polsinelli on Patentability Blog
August 31, 2017
eAlerts Updates
August 2017
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Polsinelli on Drones & Advanced Robotics Blog
June 30, 2017
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Polsinelli on Drones & Advanced Robotics Blog
February 23, 2017
eAlerts Updates
September 2016
eAlerts Updates
February 4, 2015