John Fonder

Partner, Patent Attorney
(612) 315-4108

Minneapolis Office
33 South Sixth Street, Suite 3950
Minneapolis, MN 55402


Mandarin Chinese



  • University of Minnesota, B.S., Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Michigan, M.B.A.
  • Hamline University Law School, J.D., cum laude; Minnesota Law Review – Managing Editor

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Membership Organizations

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

John Fonder’s intellectual property practice includes U.S. and international patent prosecution and litigation in many technology areas, including electronics, telecommunications, medical devices, computer architecture and software, and general mechanical arts. John also counsels clients on trademark acquisition and enforcement, 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 when it comes to Asian markets. 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. John serves as a visiting professor for the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, lecturing on intellectual-property topics, US-China comparative law, and legal research.


Professional Experience

Before pursuing a career in intellectual property law, John was the lighting division director for a Minneapolis-based import company where he focused his time on pursuing licensing opportunities, resolving patent infringement issues, and developing new lighting products. John also worked for several years as a product manager for Emerson Electric, where he developed new products for the U.S. and Asian air-conditioning markets. As an application and sales engineer in Detroit, John designed and sold industrial HVAC systems and controls for use in the automotive industry.