John C. Reich

150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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John understands that a client's ultimate goal when investing in intellectual property is gaining a business and competitive advantage. He learns his client's business and then draws on his practical, technical, and business experience to counsel them on the strategic development and use of intellectual property rights.

A senior partner at Merchant & Gould, John practices patent law with an emphasis on client counseling. His practice includes patent prosecution, the strategic and practical development and use of patent portfolios, licensing, due diligence studies, and infringement and validity investigations. He also enjoys educating clients and mentoring developing attorneys.

John brings diverse technical experience to clients in the electrical, software, and mechanical arts. Examples of industries in which John has counseled clients include medical devices, instrumentation, metering, printing, information systems, software platforms, digital rights management, automotive equipment, and micro-electronics. Prior to law school he gained mechanical experience at Center Corporation and General Motors.

In addition to his legal practice, John serves on the Board of Directors and as Corporate Secretary for R&M Mfg. Co. He also sits on the boards for several non-profit organizations.

John is married with two boys. He spends a lot of time cheering for his kids at hockey games and helping them with homework. He has a wide range of interests from music to the arts to athletics and the outdoors.

Representative Cases

Conducted intellectual property due diligence for client's $300M acquisition of another company and advised on strengths and weaknesses of acquired intellectual property portfolio and on related agreement terms.

Mined client's patent portfolio during patent litigation to craft and file new patent claims covering one of plaintiff's core products, resulting in settlement of the litigation.

Worked with client to develop accessory products and related patent family to increase value of core product and patent rights, resulting in patent licenses.

Responsible for strategizing and managing the drafting and prosecuting of interdisciplinary patents that combined different scientific and technical arts, such as the life sciences with hardware and software.


The John Marshall Law School
   J.D., 1992
   Editor in Chief, Software Law Journal

Purdue University
   B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1987


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1994
Minnesota Federal Bar, 1993
Minnesota State Bar, 1992

Professional Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Law Association
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Intellectual Property Owners Association


Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, 1994-1997

Publications & Speaking

Patent Prosecution: How to Develop Cost Effective & Winning Prosecution Strategies, The Knowledge Group Webcast, May 13, 2016