Innovators Legal Merges with JMIN, Expanding Our Team of Professionals and Enhancing Our Client Service Offerings
We are pleased to announce that Innovators Legal has combined with Johnson, Marcou, Isaacs, & Nix, effective July 31, 2023. […]
John Sears’ diverse background and commitment to understanding his clients’ needs and their technologies have made him a go-to advisor for the universities, companies, and investors he counsels.
John’s wide-ranging experience includes overseeing in-house intellectual property operations and diligence for venture capital and private equity groups, running research labs, working in startups and university tech-transfer offices, and managing and prosecuting complex intellectual property strategies. Drawing from these, he offers a multi-dimensional legal, technical, and business perspective to clients seeking to bring complex breakthrough technologies to market.
Clients value the breadth and depth of John’s technical background, and he has worked on hundreds of patent applications involving:
John takes a pragmatic approach to counseling clients and believes a valuable IP strategy must rest upon an in-depth understanding of the technology and the business. He assists numerous professional and corporate venture groups seeking to invest in early-stage technology companies, identifying and mitigating risks and weaknesses. He is also a trusted advisor for startup companies across industries, counseling them to develop and prosecute strong IP strategies, raise venture capital and private equity, and form the strategic partnerships necessary to bring new technologies to market.
John has a Ph.D. in quantum chemistry, is a published author, and has taught at leading research universities. His numerous presentations to national and international audiences include meetings of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the International Symposium on Functional π-Electron Systems, the European Conference on Molecular Electronics, and Gordon Research Conferences.
John continues to work with many university clients and understands the needs of university technology transfer offices. In addition, he actively participates in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and is a Certified Licensing Professional.
John grew up working on the family farm in Tennessee, and he brings that blue-collar work ethic to every aspect of his life. As an undergraduate, John worked as a welder for a local tank company before entering graduate school to pursue his doctorate. After graduate school, John was a faculty member at Georgia Institute of Technology for five years, working jointly between the school’s Center for Computational Molecular Science and Technology and the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics. He developed courses and lectured on organic electronics and conducted industry-sponsored research on new materials for organic light-emitting diodes and organic solar cells, mentoring numerous undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers. Prior to law school, John started a consulting business and worked as a patent agent, a position he maintained throughout law school.
John splits his time between Atlanta and the family homestead in Tennessee, where he enjoys spending time with family and fishing on Tims Ford Lake. He and his partner Carin enjoy hiking, craft brewery, tending to their bees and garden, and spending time with their constantly evolving herd of cats, dogs, and horses. John volunteers his time on a variety of non-profit boards, continues to lecture at various universities, and actively volunteers with his local Habitat for Humanity chapter.