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John D. Higgins Associate

John D. Higgins focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. patent applications and patent portfolio evaluations and opinions. In particular, Mr. Higgins is involved in many aspects of patent prosecution, including pre-application counseling, application preparation, worldwide filings and the prosecution of applications in the field of mechanical and electrical technologies.

Prior to joining Rothwell Figg, Mr. Higgins was a Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined applications predominately in the field of heat exchangers, refrigeration and electronic control systems. In this role, Mr. Higgins prepared office actions analyzing the patentability of applicants’ claimed inventions and conducted prior art searches in a wide range of technologies, including thermal management systems, electronic heat sinks and coolers, vehicular HVAC controls, cryogenics, automotive heat exchangers, geothermal and solar energy systems and coating processes for phase change materials and semiconductors. Mr. Higgins was listed as a search and classification expert in his art.

During law school, Mr. Higgins served as a research editor for Tennessee Law Review and received the Excellence in Intellectual Property Award. While earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Higgins worked as a mechanical engineer intern for Duke Energy and as a research assistant for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, focusing on cathode optimization for lithium ion batteries in hybrid electric vehicles.