John T. Routon is an associate in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, where he is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Department. John's practice focuses primarily on patent preparation and patent prosecution, including preparing patentability opinions, interviewing inventors, drafting applications, and responding to Office Actions at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
John also has experience with filing and prosecuting applications under U.S. secrecy orders.
In addition to his practice in U.S. patent law, John has prepared international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications and prosecuted foreign patent applications. He has experience in Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, European Patent Convention countries, Canada, Mexico and China. John's experience in China also includes preparing both utility model and invention applications to provide clients with the appropriate level of protection.
John has prepared and prosecuted applications in a wide variety of subject matter areas, including mechanical and aerospace technologies. His areas of technical experience include gas turbine engines, plastic containers, large cargo trailers, wave rotors and dynamic pressure exchangers, automobile seats, juvenile vehicle restraints, fuel injectors, and hospital beds.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, John worked as an engineer at Rolls-Royce Corporation. At Rolls-Royce, he worked on projects related to the testing and certification of gas turbine engines for civil and military applications.
While attending law school, John was a law clerk in the firm's Indianapolis office. During that time, he assisted in preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications in the United States and in foreign countries.