About the Author – John J. Connors
In 1983 John J. Connors, patent attorney, founded Connors & Associatespc, a network of international and domestic attorneys specializing in intellectual property and patent law. Through this network Connors & Associatespc creates for its clients valuable property and contractual rights in their ideas.
Mr. Connors has served as a board director of startup and publicly traded companies, the most successful being a medical device manufacturer, ICU Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ) of San Clemente, California. He served on the ICU board for over two decades as a member of the audit, compensation and governance committees, retiring as lead director in 2015. He believes that the knowledge gained while serving as a director of startup and publically traded companies is unique — unobtainable unless gained through direct experience involving business planning, licensing intellectual property, stock offerings, operations management, and most importantly, selection of the chief executive officer.
Mr. Connors was patent counsel to several major corporations, including the Standard Oil Company (Indiana), the Brunswick Corporation, and TRW. At TRW he managed the patent and licensing department of TRW’s Aerospace and Energy Group, and served on the Advanced Electronics Panel chaired by Simon Ramo and the Patent Committee for the Aerospace Industry Association. He testified as an expert witness in Jacobson v. Kawasaki, involving the Jet Ski®, and served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and as a Los Angeles assistant district attorney pro tempore.
Mr. Connors is a member of the California Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, the Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association, the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and is an expert-in-residence at the University of California Irvine Applied Innovation Program and former member of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel. He has been a guest lecturer on intellectual property law and entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University, Saddleback College, USC, and Chapman University, has published articles on intellectual property law, and is the author of the book Patent It and Grow Rich.
Mr. Connors is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Federal Central District Court of California, and the California Supreme Court. He earned a Juris Doctor Degree from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.
John J. Connors, founder of Connors and Associatespc and author of “Patent It and Grow Rich”
John J. Connors with Dr. George A. Lopez, M.D., founder of ICU Medical, Inc.
John J. Connors with son John Connors, president of Inventor Beware.com, at L.A. Times Festival