John Rikkers is a paralegal in the Intellectual Property Department. He concentrates his legal support in pharmaceutical patent prosecution.

  • Prepares, revises, reviews, and files U.S. provisional and utility applications and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Maintains large and small client portfolios for U.S. utility applications, PCT applications, and national phase (worldwide) applications
  • Monitors various action items to keep applications in good standing
  • Prepares legal documents for clients, foreign agents and associates, governmental agencies, other law firms, and corporations
  • Provides legal support on a variety of intellectual property matters


Practice Areas


Representative Matters

  • Worked in Michigan county governments as an intern researching and shepardizing statues and precedents using Westlaw databases and law library resources; prepared background information and analysis into issues and organizations of interest to the county
  • Worked more than twenty years as Content Analyst/Indexer for the H.W. Wilson Co. Biological & Agricultural Index, analyzing key research from more than 50 core peer-reviewed scientific journals, extracting and summarizing key concepts in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Genetics and Biotechnology, Occupational and Environmental Health, and Ecology and Environmental Management
  • Worked in the U.S. Gulf Coast petroleum industry for five years primarily as a Field Engineer conducting downhole measurement while drilling surveys on offshore drilling platforms and real-time processing and interpretation of geological formation, directional survey, drilling tendencies, and geophysical data to locate petroleum deposits, enhance productivity, increase safety, and achieve significant cost savings through improved well control




Professional & Community Involvement

NALS - The Association for Legal Professionals, 2010-present

National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), 2010-present

Grand Rapids Bar Association, 2010-present

  • Legal Assistant Section
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