John Russell

I received my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and began my career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company.  Implementation of feedback control systems and signal processing techniques were my specialty, building on my experience while obtaining my Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley. While at Ford, I was lucky enough to work on a range of new technologies and help contribute to the advancement of the state of the art as a named inventor on more than 170 United States Patents to date. I transitioned to the Intellectual Property department at Ford and worked on matters including patent procurement, licensing and negotiations, non-infringement and design-around client counseling, and foreign oppositions. 

During my time at Ford, I developed a passion for everything patents and Intellectual Property law. I took the leap from engineer to attorney and received my J.D. from the University of Michigan. Since then I have been in private practice representing clients in a variety of patent and trademark matters. 

You can find my attorney contact information here.

the Site

I started Mr. IP Law after searching, unsuccessfully, for articles and personal experience posts focused on particular patent prosecution issues.  It struck me as odd that this information was not being discussed, or was not easily accessible with simple search parameters.  I started this blog to write about my passion, to connect and collaborate with my peers, and to give practitioners information and resources to help navigate the difficulties associated with the bureaucracy that is the USPTO. Above all, I want to help people in my field by sharing the knowledge I have gained from my many years of practice in the field of IP law.


I am fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the country.  The Pacific Northwest has an endless supply of natural landscapes and I try to share some of the shots I happen to take.  The photos have little or nothing to do with the content of the blog.