After 25 years with the firm and a successful legal career that dates back to 1979, John Thuente retired from the practice of law in August 2016. Many don’t know that John negotiated a license for the University of Minnesota AIDS drug patents that brought an estimated $450 million into the school over the life of the patents. Or that he was involved with obtaining patent protection on the Honeycrisp Apple. Or that his first office was lit by a pool table lamp. John was considered a leader, mentor and friend to all at Patterson Thuente IP and we are fortunate that he continues to teach “Thuente University,” a series of classes on IP practice for all of our incoming law clerks.
John represented a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to the individual inventor. His practice emphasized U.S. and international patent prosecution in the electrical and mechanical arts. He also counseled clients on the development and management of their IP portfolios, licensing strategies and technology transfer.
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.
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U.S. Naval Academy, B.S., Naval Science Engineering, 1964