John F. Thuente

Patent Attorney

Patent Lawyers

John Thuente Patent Lawyer MinneapolisJohn Thuente’s practice emphasizes U.S. and international patent prosecution in the electrical and mechanical arts. 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.


Professional Experience

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.

Case Studies

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.


AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2006 – 2007


U.S. Naval Academy, B.S., Naval Science Engineering, 1964

William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1979


U.S. Disrict Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Supreme Court of Minnesota


Minnesota State Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
John Thuente Patent Lawyer Minneapolis

John F. Thuente

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