Jafon Fearson

“I like to approach every issue with thoroughness and attention to detail while considering and weighing the legal and practical implications to every potential solution.”

Through authoring publications on evolving legal issues, Jafon Fearson brings forward-focused experience to his practice, which includes patent prosecution and litigation.

Jafon has been involved in patent litigation proceedings before federal district courts, the patent office in post-grant review, and the federal circuit. Jafon’s litigation experience includes drafting pleadings for claim construction and invalidity issues, along with drafting discovery requests and responses, motions, and pleadings. Jafon’s prosecution experience includes responding to Office Actions from the patent office and conducting patentability evaluations.

Jafon has received multiple scholarships and awards, and gained an abundance of experience in legal research and persuasive writing while in law school.While working as a research assistant to Professor Dennis Crouch, he investigated the concepts of the unpatentable "abstract idea" and the "reasonable certainty" standard, along with co-authoring an article with Crouch for the ABA's Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases on attorney fees. Jafon was also published in the Fall 2015 edition of the Journal of Environmental & Sustainability Law, and served as president of the Association of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.

  • J.D.,
    University of Missouri, 2015
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2012
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois
Area of Focus
Experience | Civic Activities
  • Douglass High School, Mock Trial Demonstrator, Mentor
  • Legal Prep Academy, Mentor and Mock Trial Coach
Experience | Clerkships & Internships

Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO
Summer Intern, 2013

University of Alabama Department of Biomedical Engineering, AL
May 2012

Forward Thinking
June 26, 2017

The June 15 decision by the Federal Circuit, EmeraChem Holdings, LLC v. Volkswagen Group of Am., Inc., highlights the power of a procedural challenge to a final written decision by the PTAB...

June 26, 2017
In a recent IP Alert, Attorneys Marc Richards and Jafon Fearson discuss, "The Federal Circuit Gives Patent Owners A Fighting Chance: Due Process In IPR Proceedings." Please click here to read more. Contact Us Additional ...
May 18, 2017

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, attorneys from Brinks' Post-Grant Patent practice group presented the webinar, PTAB and the District Courts...

November 15, 2016
In In Re: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., the Federal Circuit reiterated that its function is not to “reweigh facts already considered by the PTAB,” but to “determine[] whether substantial evidence supports the [PTAB's] fact ...
in the media
September 02, 2016
On September 2, 2016, IPFrontline Magazine published an article written by Mark David Jenkins and Jafon Fearson called “Obiviousness: Common Sense Cannot Replace Reasoned Analysis & Evidentiary Support.  Please click here to read the ...
August 29, 2016

On August 10, 2016, the Federal Circuit, in Arendi S.A.R.L. v. Apple Inc., reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal ...

August 29, 2016
On August 10, 2016, the Federal Circuit, in Arendi S.A.R.L. v. Apple Inc., reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (the Board) finding of invalidity when the Board wrongly applied the “common sense” rationale to conclude that ...
March 18, 2016
The Federal Circuit recently affirmed a PTAB finding in IPR2014-00219 that claims 1-6 of U.S. Patent No. 6,222,719(“the ’719 patent”) are unpatentable as obvious. The ’719 patent is directed to a control circuit for a gas ...
in the media
January 11, 2016

On January 11, 2016 Jafon Fearson and Femi Masha were both mentioned in ChicagoLawyer regarding their joining ...

  • "PTAB and the District Courts," Brinks Webinar, May 18, 2017
Press Releases & Events
May 18, 2017

CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, Miyoung Shin, Jafon Fearson, and Sen (Alex) Wang, attorneys in the post-grant patent practice group at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, will present the webinar “PTAB and the District Courts” at 12:00 p.m. CDT on May 18, 2017...

May 18, 2017

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, Gary Ropski, Miyoung Shin, Jafon Fearson, and Alex Wang will present the webinar, PTAB and the District Courts...

September 25, 2015
CHICAGO—Four attorneys have joined intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione as associates this month, as the firm continues to add talent, maintaining its position as one of the nation’s largest IP boutiques. Attorneys ...
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Richard Linn American Inn of Court
  • Journal of Environmental & Sustainability Law, Board Member, 2014-2015
  • Black Law Students Association, Academic Chair, 2014-2015
  • Association of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law, President, 2013-2015
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