John Thuente's practice emphasizes U.S. and international patent prosecution in the electrical and mechanical arts, and he also counsels clients on the development and management of their IP portfolios, licensing strategies and technology transfer. John represents a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to the individual inventor.
Prior to joining Patterson Thuente, John gained valuable experience as in-house counsel for Rosemount Inc., an instrumentation and control systems company that is now part of Emerson. For four years he was responsible for patent prosecution, licensing, contract negotiation and regulatory compliance for the company
After Rosemount, John assumed the position of director of patents and licensing for the Office of Research and Technology Transfer at the University of Minnesota. In this position, he managed the office through a period of sustained growth in the number of patents issued, the number of licenses concluded and the revenue generated. John managed the University's patent portfolio, and was responsible for drafting and implementing the school's policies relating to technology transfer, evaluating commercial potential of university-developed technologies; licensing; transferring and enforcing the University's IP rights; and interfacing with the Minnesota Legislature.
Has represented a major manufacturer of engines in the U.S. since 1996 and helped shape a substantial portfolio of patent protection for the company.