John E. Munro

Associate / Detroit Metro Office

John guides his clients in the complex landscape of intellectual property law with the practical mindset of achieving their business goals.  With considerable experience as a patent attorney and as a former lead engineer, he is able to offer a broad perspective for portfolio management that takes into account nearly every aspect of intellectual property.  John’s current practice has an emphasis on patent preparation and prosecution, preparing freedom to operate and patentability opinions, conducting due diligence and transactional investigations, and negotiating licensing and joint development agreements.

John’s meticulous understanding of intellectual property law and its impact on business operations allows him to counsel his clients on their needs as they arise.  In addition to handling patent matters, he counsels clients on protecting their global trademark portfolios and has assisted clients in prosecuting trademark applications in more than 50 countries. His advocacy skills also extend into the courtroom, where he has successfully enforced his clients’ rights before the TTAB, federal district courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Before pursuing a career in intellectual property law, John served in various capacities for an automotive OEM, including as a lead engineer in an assembly plant where he was responsible for managing vehicle systems to deliver customer satisfaction improvement, increasing cost structure optimization, and solving critical issues as they arose.  He has also served as a project engineer for an electrical connector manufacturer.

A proud “Triple Illini,” John attended the University of Illinois as an undergraduate earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering, as a graduate student earning his Master’s in Business Administration degree, and again for law school.


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association


J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 2010

MBA, with honors, University of Illinois, 2000

B.S., with honors, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1995

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Northern District of Illinois