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John P. Fonder

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Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


John Fonder's practice emphasizes U.S. and international patent prosecution and litigation in the areas of electronics, medical devices, computer software and general mechanical arts. He also counsels clients on IP portfolio management and licensing strategies.

When it comes to assisting clients who are expanding into international markets, John has the advantage of first-hand knowledge, particularly relating to Asian countries. John has spent considerable time living and working in China and Taiwan, and maintains close relationships in academic, business and legal circles in those countries, among others. Prior to joining Patterson Thuente he clerked for CCPIT Patent and Trademark in Beijing, the second largest law firm in China. Recently, he became a visiting professor for China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Minnesota
    • B.S. - 1987
    • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • University of Michigan
    • M.B.A. - 1997

Past Positions

  • Copeland Corporation, Product Manager
  • China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, Visiting Professor


  • Mandarin Chinese

Published Works

  • IP in Modern Day China: A Look at the Changing IP Landscape, Ideas on Intellectual Property Law, June/July, 2010

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • International Trademark Association, Member