John D. Franzini, Retired Partner


John Franzini practiced intellectual property law with a focus on patent preparation and prosecution, litigation, and contracts. He had extensive experience in assisting companies in acquiring and protecting product designs, technology, and business know-how. He also represented clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and federal courts. Mr. Franzini had extensive professional experience in:

  • Industrial control systems.
  • Pumps, hydraulic systems, and components.
  • Medical devices.
  • Electrical tools and instruments.
  • Agricultural equipment.
  • Pneumatics.
  • Machine tools.
  • Refrigeration.
  • Molding and extrusion.
  • Powder metal products and processes.
  • Timber harvesting equipment.
  • Electrical and telecommunications equipment.
  • Woodworking tools.
  • Recreational vehicle systems and components.
  • Internal combustion engines.
  • Business methods.
  • Material handling and packaging.

His recent experience included:

  • Counseled clients about obtaining, enforcing, and defending against patents.
  • Obtained U.S. and foreign patents.
  • Enforced patents on behalf of patent owners.
  • Defended against claims of patent infringement.
  • Negotiated and drafted technology licenses and joint product development contracts.
  • Rendered opinions regarding patent infringement.
  • Performed due diligence reviews of intellectual property in acquisitions and mergers.
  • Advised other lawyers on enforcing and defending against patents, including as an expert witness consultant.

Education and Honors

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1983)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Phi Kappa Phi
    • Tau Beta Pi
  • University of Wisconsin (B.S.M.E., 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1984

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Member: Milwaukee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Chairman, Intellectual Property Law Section, 1992–1993)
  • Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association (Board Member, 1988–1990, Program Chairman, 1984–1985 and Secretary/Treasurer, 1986–1988)
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (1995–present: Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law)
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