Attorney at Law
TX, Patent Bar
California at Davis King Hall
School of Law
John graduated with honors from UC Davis School of Law. He has a BS and MS in Microbiology. He also has a PhD from Baylor College of Medicine.
John retired after serving 22 years in the Navy/Naval Reserve at the rank of Commander (equivalent to Lt. Colonel in the Army, Air Force or Marines). He held Top Secret… read more security clearance for about 15 years.
"Mr. Burns helped me recently and was available THAT day in formulating a Licensing agreement when I was pressed for time. His response was professional,quick and he kept me well informed during the process. I would highly recommend him and will use his expertise again when needed."
Posted on Feb 2, 2016
"John was very professional and knowledgeable. He assisted me with understanding a few different contracts. You can tell that he puts a lot of effort into providing all the necessary legal information and a little more. I was very satisfied with his advisement and did not feel that something was lacking in any way. I highly recommend John Burns for anyone needing advice in his areas of expertise."
Posted on Feb 2, 2016
Law Offices of John Burns, PLLC
Apr 2013 - Present
Solo practitioner. Perform contract and license review, entity formation, patent drafting and prosecution.
OriGen Biomedical, Inc.
Jul 2014 - Jul 2015
Hired to manage patent infringement litigation and provide legal support for 65 employee medical device company. Drafted and negotiated settlement agreement. Instituted contract management system. Implemented anti-corruption compliance program. Drafted HR policies for employee handbook. Drafted contract templates. Counseled management on legal matters. Drafted joint venture agreement.
Sr. Director, Contracts
May 2011 - Apr 2013
Managed team of 12 contract attorneys and three paralegals. Responsible for drafting and negotiating US contracts for 10,000 employee multi-national life science company. Provided contract support and provided legal advice to Molecular Medicine Division and Facilities and Real Estate division.
Sr. Director, Legal Operations
Nov 2008 - May 2011
Implemented records retention program at 14 US sites. Managed 35 member team responsible for patent and trademark prosecution, process excellence, legal review of marketing materials, and record retention.
Director Ambion Legal
Mar 2006 - Nov 2008
Managed legal team at Ambion, Inc., a subsidiary of Applied Biosystems. Drafted and negotiated contacts and license agreements, drafted and prosecuted patent applications. Counseled Ambion senior management team. Member of site leadership team for 300 employee site. Performed due diligence and analysis for possible acquisition.
Senior Patent Attorney
Dec 2002 - Feb 2006
Drafted and prosecuted patent applications. Managed breach of contract and patent infringement litigation. Performed due diligence for $273 M merger, drafted and negotiated contracts related to acquisition
Advanced Tissue Sciences
General Counsel/Patent Counsel
Mar 2001 - Dec 2002
General Counsel at 250 employee publicly traded tissue engineering company. Drafted and negotiated contracts. Counseled senior management team on legal matters. Facilitated interactions with joint venture partner. Drafted and prosecuted patent applications.
Patent Associate, BioPharma group
Mar 1998 - Feb 2001
Fenwick & West
Corporate and PAtent Associate
Oct 1997 - Feb 1998
Corporate and patent associate. Drafted and filed business formation papers with CA Secretary of State's Office. Performed due diligence for several mergers and acquisitions. Patnet prosecution.