John F. Nethery
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Overview

“There’s nothing I like more than talking to inventors and learning how their creations work.”

John Nethery is a leader in prosecuting complex electrical and computer technology patents. With more than 18 years of experience in every aspect of patent prosecution, he has been the key strategist behind securing robust protection for hundreds of business-critical innovations. Extensively trained in computer engineering, John is that rare breed of lawyer who can both strategize at the highest levels and roll up his sleeves to work one-on-one with inventors.

Clients count on John’s knowledge and experience to help them present their most complex, cutting-edge technologies to the U.S. Patent Office. He handles patents that have helped transform global technology markets in such diverse industries as high-speed networking, cellular communications, signal processing and cloud computing, to name just a few.

John takes a long-term approach to patent prosecution, looking ahead to ensure that applications cover a wide array of potential implementations. His strategies extend beyond U.S. borders to secure consistent global coverage for client innovations. At the same time, he is keenly attuned to client timelines, budgets and business goals.

John has worked with a broad spectrum of technologies including: microprocessor architectures; communication systems, including hardware (e.g., PHY layer) and software (e.g., data link layer) implementation aspects of 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, WiGig, 3G, 4G/LTE, and other standards and protocols; signal processing, including transmitter pre-distortion, non-linear amplifier gain control, and error correction coding techniques; femtocell architecture and operation, including standards based and non-standards based protocol interaction with user equipment; transistor level flash memory architecture and device operation; and touchscreen design and implementation, including touchscreen scanning techniques.

Before becoming a patent lawyer, John was a computer engineer. His hardware engineering experience includes digital circuit architecture for laptop computers, fiber optic data communication systems, embedded controllers for Intel microprocessor based architectures, FCC EMC testing and compliance, and local peripheral and video device bus mastering designs with Altera erasable programmable digital logic devices. He also has extensive engineering experience with digital circuit design, schematic capture, circuit simulation, and printed circuit board layout, as well as design, construction, and hardware and software debugging of hardware prototypes. His experience with software languages and computer systems includes hardware description languages, C and other high level programming languages, different varieties of assembly language, and microcontroller programming.

Practice Groups
Education
  • J.D.,
    University of Illinois College of Law, 1997
  • M.S., Computer Engineering
    University of Illinois College of Law, 1993
  • B.S., Computer Science, with distinction
    Iowa State University, 1990
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, with distinction
    Iowa State University, 1990
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Area of Focus
Technical Background
  • Analog
  • Business Methods
  • Digital
  • Signal Processing
  • Software
Experience | Overview
Experience | Non-Legal

Technology Resource Group, Des Moines, Iowa
Design Engineer, May 1994-December 1994

DFM Business Systems, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa
Design Engineer, May 1990-August 1991, Summer 1992

Experience | Teaching

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Adjunct Professor of Law Patent Prosecution, Fall 2011

Forward Thinking
alert
March 18, 2016

Prior to the implementation of the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), the “on sale” bar could be triggered by secret sales and offers-for-sale.

 

in the media
May 20, 2014
John Nethery and Amir Penn’s presentation “The Current Landscape of Patentability for Computer Implemented Inventions” on April 10th for the Chicago Chapter of the IEEE was mentioned in the organization’s May 2014 ...
multimedia
January 29, 2013

Brinks Gilson & Lione offered its glimpse into three significant developments for 2013. The seminar is eligible for one ...

Presentations
  • "The Current Landscape of Patentability for Computer Implemented Inventions,” Chicago chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, Chicago, April 10, 2014
  • "Preparing Patent Applications to Meet Today's Section 101 Challenges," Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, Chicago, February 19, 2014
  • "Patent Pornography: CLS Bank, Section 101," Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, Chicago, May 30, 2013
  • "Patent Eligibility for Computer-Implemented Inventions," co-presenter with Amir Penn, Brinks 2013 IP Developments vPanel, January 29, 2013
  • "Patents: Part of the Engineer's Skill Set Now and for the Future," co-author with Amir Penn, IEEE Chicago Chapter’s ‘An Engineered Future’ Tech Conference and Exhibition, Argonne National Labs, November 8, 2012
  • "Toward a Billion Dollar Patent Portfolio: Designing a Patent Portfolio to Build Corporate Value," Co-Presenter, IEEE Chicago Chapter Seminar, Chicago, September 2012
  • "What is Patentable?" Co-Presenter, IEEE Chicago Chapter Seminar, Chicago, February 2012
  • "Claim Drafting," Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, Chicago, May 2006
  • "Nationalizations," Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, Chicago, March 2006
  • "Specification Drafting," Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, Chicago, June 2006 & December 2007
Representative Matters
Patents
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,873,576: Dynamic clock gating in a network device
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,847,808: Process, voltage, and temperature insensitive biasing
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,843,765: Key derivation system
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,841,968: Class-AB radio frequency amplifier for envelope detector
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,819,755: Audio/video channel transbonding in a network device
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,806,556: Audio/video channel bonding by chunk
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,791,742: Distributed resonate clock driver
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,766,939: Highly configurable analog preamp with analog to digital converter
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,760,212: Method and device for high-speed general purpose level-shifting
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,760,198: Low voltage line driver
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,730,073: Pipelined analog-to-digital converter with dedicated clock cycle for quantization
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,725,212: Virtual modem suspension handler in multiple SIM user environment
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,718,685: Enhanced multiple SIM page reception
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,701,152: Cross layer coordinated channel bonding
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,667,548: Audio/video channel bonding architecture
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,660,122: Data transmission over low powered nodes
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,615,227: Enhanced discontinuous mode operation with shared radio frequency resources
  • U.S. Pat. No. 8,526,946: Periodic registration updates for multiple SIM user equipment
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,890,750: Encryption and decryption on a graphics processing unit
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,890,747: Display of decrypted data by a graphics processing unit
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,613,657: Reverse rating system for determining duration of a usage transaction
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,610,196: Periodic signal enhancement system
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,551,925: Unified directory system including a data model for managing access to telecommunications services
  • U.S. Pat. No. 6,279,132: Concatenated error control method and system for a processing satellite uplink
  • U.S. Pat. No. 6,091,703: Bulk despreading of multiple independent CDMA sources
  • U.S. Pat. No. 5,957,982: Method and system for space navigation
  • U.S. Pat. No. 5,952,967: Low cost even numbered port modeformer circuit
  • U.S. Pat. No. 5,939,895: Frozen wave high speed receiver
  • U.S. Pat. No. 5,835,058: Adaptive reflector constellation for space-based antennas
  • U.S. Pat. Pub. No. 2009/0150144: Robust voice detector for receive-side automatic gain control
  • U.S. Pat. Pub. No. 2009/0204719: Streaming media interruption and resumption system
Authored Published Patent Applications
  • Co-inventor of:  U.S. Pat. No. 7,036,145
    Method and apparatus for electronic entertainment device access control and interactive response system
Press Releases & Events
February 09, 2017

CHICAGO—Twenty attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named to the 2017 ...

December 7-9

On December 7, Amir Penn and John Nethery will present, "Patents: Why they matter so much as VR takes hold...

June 22, 2016

CHICAGO—For the eighth year in a row, intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione has been recognized in The Legal 500 United States 2016 as one of the top U.S. firms for patent prosecution, including for re-examination...

January 12, 2016

CHICAGO—Twenty-two attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named to the 2016 ...

July 07, 2015
ANN ARBOR/DETROIT – Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the top U.S. firms for prosecution of utility and design patents for the seventh year ...
June 11, 2015
CHICAGO—Intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione has been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the top U.S. firms for prosecution of utility and design patents for the seventh year in a row, based on the firm’s ...
January 20, 2015
CHICAGO—Twenty-four attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation's largest intellectual property law firms, are named to the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers, a rating service that lists lawyers from more than ...
October 23, 2014
CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione and the firm's past president, has been named the #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, and fifty-nine ...
January 14, 2014
CHICAGO -- Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, has announced the 2014 chairpersons of its legal and industry practice groups and geographic task forces. The firm added a new practice group ...
January 15, 2013
CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has added four new attorneys as chairs of its firm-wide practice groups and formed two new task forces to focus on intellectual property legal services to clients in Germany and Brazil. Appointees include ...
September 18, 2012
CHICAGO – Leading Lawyers Network has named 54 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, as 2012 Leading Lawyers in intellectual property in Illinois for 2012. The roster ...
Honors
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Articles Editor, Recent Decisions of the Illinois Bar Journal, University of Illinois Law School
  • Editor in Chief, Recent Decisions Section of the Illinois Bar Journal, University of Illinois
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Law, 2012-2013, 2015-2017; Rising Stars, 2008
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2010-2014 
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