Fact:   Jonathan maintains his IP practice from the MBCB office in Indianapolis and also from Bloomington, Indiana where he resides with his family. Outside the office, Jonathan is an accomplished fitness hiker and avid mountain biker. 

Fact: Jonathan maintains his IP practice from the MBCB office in Indianapolis and also from Bloomington, Indiana where he resides with his family. Outside the office, Jonathan is an accomplished fitness hiker and avid mountain biker. 

Meet Jonathan

Background

Jonathan is a registered patent attorney and leads the intellectual property practice at MBCB.  Prior to joining MBCB, Jonathan was in private practice for nearly fifteen years at large Midwest regional firms and boutique law firms in the Detroit, Michigan and Bloomington, Indiana areas. He developed his skills representing clients ranging from independent inventors and small companies to Tier I automotive suppliers and Fortune 100 multinational corporations.

EMPHASIS

Jonathan’s practice encompasses the spectrum of intellectual property legal services, with particular focus on patent and trademark prosecution, strategic portfolio analysis and development, due diligence and risk mitigation.  Jonathan has personally authored hundreds of patent applications, and prosecuted both patent and trademark matters throughout the world.  His experience and relationships with foreign counsel allow MBCB to manage outgoing and incoming foreign filings.

Experience

Jonathan is a seasoned IP attorney and business adviser.  The technical subject matter of his patent work over the years runs the gamut from software, business methods and control systems to complex machinery, medical devices, injection molding, and fuel cell electrochemistry.  Some of the patents issued under Jonathan’s care could be considered the “crown jewels” of their inventors and owners.  Engagements have also included conducting invention capture sessions, rendering of opinions on patentability, freedom to operate, and priority, as well as considerable behind the scenes research in anticipation of litigation and threatened litigation.  Jonathan has also represented clients conducting or the subject of intellectual property due diligence inquiries, and has managed the domestic and global trademark portfolios of a number of clients for many years.

Education

Jonathan received his J.D. from the Indiana University - Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana in 2001, where he achieved Dean’s honors, argued in the Sherman Minton Moot Court and served a semester as Student Director of the Inmate Legal Assistance Program.

Involvement

Jonathan is active in his Bloomington, Indiana community, now in his fifth year serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington.  He has also served as a speaker and mentor at his alma mater the Maurer School of Law, and delivered numerous intellectual property seminars at the invitation of the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC).


Contact

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