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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2005
    • B.S., University of Michigan, 1998, Biological Chemistry
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • Illinois, 2005
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2009
  • Court Admissions
    • State of Illinois, 2005
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 2017
John Snow understands that each case, and each client, requires its own approach, and partners with clients to develop a strategy to achieve their business goals in a cost-efficient manner. He practices law exclusively in the field of intellectual property, concentrating in the areas of pharmaceutical, biochemical, chemical litigation, and opinions, with an emphasis in patent litigation and consulting arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act. 

John has served as trial counsel for various patent litigations in U.S. federal courts and thrives on formulating trial strategies. He also has experience counseling biosimilar manufacturers and formulating strategies arising under the BPCIA. John has prepared and prosecuted U.S. and international patents in the chemical arts, as well as consulting and rendering opinions on patentability, infringement, validity, and enforceability. 

Prior to becoming a lawyer, John worked as a Temporary Bioanalytical Chemist at Pfizer Global Research and Development, developing analytical methods and analyzing biological samples by Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry.

Also prior to practicing law, John worked in the University of Michigan Health System’s Geriatrics Department, operating multiple High Performance Liquid Chromatography operations with Ultraviolet-/Visible, electrochemical, and radiochemical detection, performing protein isolations, radioligand binding assays, and radioimmunoassays, and managing the operation of a clinical laboratory, including regulatory record keeping.

John also has experience with technology licensing and in patent interference proceedings.
  • Advising on required actions under Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) in view of current statutory interpretation and pending BPCIA district court litigation.
  • Provide BPCIA litigation strategy advice including the development of a strategy to support post-grant proceedings in the USPTO, and drafting documents required under the BPCIA.
  • Analyzing biologic patent claims and file histories including molecules, formulations, indications, and methods of manufacturing, reviewing European Patent office (EPO) file histories including opposition procedures, and identifying and evaluating prior art.
  • Preparing freedom to operate opinions, invalidity opinions, and landscape opinions for biologic patents.
  • Advising on pre-litigation activities including discovery issues and identifying, retaining, and consulting with expert witnesses.

Patent Litigation Experience (All Hatch-Waxman related unless otherwise specified)
  • Conducting legal research and preparing legal memoranda on patent issues, including Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA procedures, local patent rules, evidence, patent infringement, patent validity, claim construction, expert witnesses, damages, and trial procedure.
  • Preparing pleadings and other court filings such as answers, counter-complaints, discovery requests and responses (requests for documents, interrogatories, and requests for admissions), scheduling orders, discovery orders, protective orders, invalidity contentions, and non-infringement contentions.
  • Drafting claim construction briefs, summary judgment motions, preliminary injunction motions, motions to strike, motions to dismiss, motions in limine, and pre-trial and post-trial briefs.
  • Preparing fact and corporate witnesses for depositions (including selecting appropriate witnesses), and defending fact and corporate depositions as first chair both domestically and internationally.
  • Handling expert discovery including researching and retaining appropriate expert witnesses, preparing expert reports and declarations, serving as first chair in the defense of expert depositions, and preparing expert witnesses for deposition and trial.
  • Managing and coordinating foreign and domestic document discovery including collection, review ,and production, especially in regards to computer forensic evidence, including metadata collection and analysis.
  • Serving as trial for pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures, including but not limited to preparing pre-trial motions, pre-trial orders, preparing fact and expert witnesses for trial testimony, organizing trial support services, and cross-examining expert witnesses at trial.

Additional Experience

  • Preparing freedom to operate opinions, invalidity opinions, landscape opinions, Paragraph IV Notice Letters, and Detailed Statements for chemical patents, pharmaceutical patents (formulations, dosage forms, routes of administration, and indications), construction material patents, textile manufacturing patents, and personal care product patents.
  • Assisting with post-grant patent proceedings including patent interference proceedings, ex parte reexamination, inter partes review.
  • Preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications in the fields of chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, personal care, medical devices, and construction materials.
  • Drafting and reviewing license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, research and development agreements, expert consulting agreements, and settlement agreements.
  • Conducting due diligence regarding patent portfolios relating to client acquisitions.
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