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John R. Wahl is a registered patent attorney with more than 35 years experience in patent, trademark and trade secret law, including related prosecution, opinion and licensing matters, litigation support and strategic client counseling. His technical experience includes electrical, mechanical, biotech instrumentation, computers and computer peripherals, electronic circuits, lasers, chemical processing, and software technologies. John has prior engineering experience in both naval and commercial nuclear power plant design and operation.


  • Patent preparation and prosecution
  • Intellectual property licensing
  • Technology transfers and research collaborations
  • Due diligence for licensing, mergers and acquisitions
  • Opinions
  • Strategic advice
  • Patent portfolio management
  • Litigation strategy and support



  • Shareholder, Merchant & Gould PC
  • Of Counsel, Holland & Hart LLP
  • Senior Patent Counsel, The Perkin Elmer Corporation
  • Patent Counsel, Olin Corporation
  • Associate, Harness Dickey & Pierce
  • Senior Nuclear Engineer, Bechtel Power Corporation
  • Supervisor of Reactor Operations, University of Michigan

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law, 2024
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan


  • J.D., Detroit College of Law, 1986
  • B.S.E., Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, 1979
  • B.S.E., Environmental Science Engineering, University of Michigan, 1979
  • Navy Electronics, Submarine and Nuclear Power Schools
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • Supreme Court of Michigan
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office