John J. Emanuele



John Emanuele, Ph.D., helps clients take their innovations to market, both in the U.S. and internationally. He drafts, prosecutes and manages the prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications in the biochemical, biotechnological and chemical arts. John manages opposition in foreign jurisdictions, prepares opinions on patentability, freedom to operate analysis and due diligence in many of these same areas.

John has significant experience in the following areas and technologies:

  • Agriculturally active compounds and formulations
  • Biomarkers, diagnostic methods and reagents 
  • Human and animal nutrition
  • Genetically engineered plants and animals
  • Organic and bio-organic synthesis
  • Polyclonal and monoclonal antibody development, antibody based reagents and medicaments
  • Protein chemistry
  • Reagents and methods for use in molecular biology
  • Small molecule pharmaceuticals
  • Vaccine development and administration
  • Yeast genetics, strain development and fermentation

Past Experience

Prior to earning his law degree, John worked in the corporate sector as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical, bio-energy, food flavor and fragrance industries. John served as a post-doctoral research fellow at a major pharmaceutical company and as a senior research scientist in a start-up biotechnology company.


Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana


University of Wisconsin Law School
J.D. (2002)

Texas A&M University
Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Biophysics (1994)

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
B.S. in Chemistry (1985)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Changes to 101
    McKinney School of Law, 2017
  • Patent Law and Biotechnology
    Purdue University Masters of Biotechnology Course, 2011-16
  • Biological and Physiological Difference Across the Population: Implications for Research & Development Along the Life Sciences Value Chain
    IU-Kelly School of Business and Cook World Wide, 2007
  • Biological and Physiological Differences Across the Population-Implication for Research & Development Along the Life Sciences Value Chain
    Session chair for Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series, 2007
  • Oxidative De-Sulfurization of Dibenzothophenes
    Texas State University at San Marcos, 1998
  • Challenges Facing Patent Applicants in the Biotechnology Industry
    The Counselor, 2007
  • Evaluation of the Kinetic Mechanism of Escherichia coli uridine diphosphate-N-acetylmuramate:L-alanine ligase
    Biochem, 1997
  • Kinetic and Crystallographic Studies of Escherichia coli UDP-N-acetylmuramate:L-alanine ligase
    Protein Science, 1996
  • Structural Studies of Escherichia coli UDP-N-acetylmuramate:L-alanine ligase
    Biochem, 1996
  • Mechanistic Studies of the flavoprotein tryptophan 2-monooxygenase. 2. pH and kinetic isotope effects
    Biochem, 1995
  • John is a frequent contributor to the American Chemical Society's online "Patent Watch" column

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indiana State Bar Association — Secretary and Treasurer, IP Section
  • Executive Licensing Society
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Civic Activities

  • BIO-International — Indiana Economic Development Corporation Booth, Volunteer
  • ASBMB Careers for Scientists Working Group — Active Participant
  • Intel International Science and Engineering Fair — Former Judge


  • UDSA Doctoral Research Fellowship Grant, 1990
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