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Occhiuti & Rohlicek LLP Promotes John Powell to Partner

Friday, January 10, 2014

Occhiuti & Rohlicek LLP (O&R Patent Law) has promoted John Powell to Partner. Prior to joining O&R Patent Law, John was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC), a publicly traded global energy technologies company, focused on the renewable energy and electric grid markets. His prior experience includes intellectual property counsel positions at Raytheon and Motorola. John has been practicing law for 20 years.

While at AMSC, John led an international process of asserting the company’s intellectual property rights for the theft of critical software by the company’s largest customer, China’s Sinovel Wind Group, who conspired with an ex-employee of AMSC. This included assisting Austrian authorities in securing a guilty plea and conviction of the ex-employee and filing a series of civil law suits and a criminal complaint in China. John also supported the US Department of Justice in filing criminal charges against Sinovel for stealing trade secrets, causing an alleged loss of more than $800 million.

John’s practice emphasizes general client IP counseling, patent strategy, opinions, due diligence, and hands-on patent prosecution. His practice also includesadvising clients on a broad range of commercial and intellectual property based transactions, including negotiating and drafting patent, software and technology license agreements, commercial and government contracts, development agreements, and non-disclosure agreements. John’s practice further includes advising clients on rights in patents, technical data, and software under FAR/DFAR provisions in government contracts.

O&R Patent Law was founded in March 2007 by attorneys who brought almost fifty years of combined intellectual property experience to their practices. Our technical fields include biotechnology, computer science, chemical, electronic and mechanical devices, semiconductor materials/devices, medical devices and telecommunications. Through our legal experience, technical backgrounds, and business experience O&R provides service-oriented representation that emphasizes our clients' business objectives.

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