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John  Chau



Ave Maria School of Law
  • cum laude
  • Vice President, Moot Court Board
    St. Thomas More Full-Tuition Academic Scholarship
    Best Oralist, St. Thomas More Moot Court Competition
United States Naval Academy, B.S.
  • Control Systems Engineering
  • Class Vice President, Honor Representative

Prior Employment

  • Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, Partner, 2016-2018
  • Gifford Krass et al., Partner, 2007-2016
  • Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. In-house Counsel (Secondment) 2010-2013
  • United States Marine Corps, Executive Officer, Camp Pendleton, CA, 2001-2003

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Law Practice Management and Legal Administrators Section, State Bar of Michigan, Chair, 2017

Michigan State Bar Representative Assembly, 2016-current

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John Chau is an experienced patent attorney who advises clients on intellectual property matters and patent strategies.  He counsels clients from a broad range of industries including automotive, medical device, and software.

  • Counsels clients on patentability, infringement, and freedom-to-operate matters
  • Drafts and prosecutes patents relating to mechanical, electrical, and control systems technology
  • Evaluates prior art documents and relevant case law
  • Prepares and negotiates advanced OEM research agreements in support of R&D activity with universities and national laboratories
  • Represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Super Lawyers Rising Star 2010

Blue and Gold Officer, United States Naval Academy

Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal

Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal