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Happy 50th Anniversary, John McNett!

Congratulations to John McNett on his 50th Anniversary with the firm.  Over the years, John has been instrumental in guiding the firm’s direction, culture and […]

Jul 20, 2020  •  Continue reading >

Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, LLP Announces Name Change and Promotes Three to Partnership

The Firm is pleased to announce that Charles Reeves and Vincent Wagner have been recognized as named partners of the firm, which has changed its […]

Jan 7, 2019  •  Continue reading >

FlightAware and Aireon’s GlobalBeacon Product To Test Real-Time Global Aircraft Tracking

Beginning in November 2018, Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry (WEMMH) client FlightAware, along with Aireon, will utilize their revolutionary GlobalBeacon product to test real-time […]

Jun 19, 2018  •  Continue reading >

John McNett Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary with Woodard, Emhardt

Congratulations to Woodard, Emhardt partner John McNett on his 40th anniversary with the firm. John started with the firm on July 20, 1970.  John has […]

Jul 27, 2010  •  Continue reading >

Indiana Super Lawyers

Congratulations to Woodard, Emhardt partners Spiro Bereveskos, Thomas Henry, Daniel Lueders and John McNett for being named Super Lawyers in The Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel […]

Aug 19, 2008  •  Continue reading >

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John C. McNett

Senior Counsel

John joined the firm in 1970 and has over the years tended to concentrate in litigation of intellectual property issues, while also handling patent licensing and prosecution matters. Prior to working with the firm, he had worked in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, as a television engineer, as a microbiologist, and as a construction worker. He has served as an adjunct professor in Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering. He has served as a mediator and as an arbitrator in intellectual property disputes.

John tends to focus his practice on issues that are difficult or complex either technically, legally, or diplomatically. He is comfortable working in all areas of technology. John has been selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® each year from 2004 to 2009.


  • Purdue University
    B.S. Biology, 1967
  • George Washington University
    J.D., 1970

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Indiana
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

Representative Experience

  • Counsel of record for the prevailing Charlie Christianson and lead on the briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court (orally argued there by Stuart Lefstein) in a case involving patents and trade secrets in the M-16 assault rifle. This case is among the 10 most frequently cited cases in patent law, according to Christianson v. Colt Industries Operating Corp. 1988.
  • Lead counsel in patent case suspended during reexamination in which all asserted claims of adversary`s patent were found invalid. See BASF v. Reilly Industries 2007.
  • Lead trial counsel at trial and appeal in a patent infringement suit involving a steering wheel for computer games, finding infringement of client`s patent by defendant`s product. See JVW Enterprises v. Interact Accessories, 2005.
  • Lead counsel in patent infringement suit, affirmed on appeal, involving 3 patents on digital television translators in which all of adversary`s asserted claims were found invalid. See K-Tech Telecommunications v. Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. 2014.
  • Lead counsel for defendants in opponent`s unsuccessful appeal of patent jury verdict that found zero damages. The appeals court awarded attorney fees for the appeal. See Devices for Medicine v. Boehl, 1987.

Honors & Awards

  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2004-2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent
  • Chair, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section, Indiana State Bar Association 1978-1979

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers


  • Course Materials for ME 554, Intellectual Property at Purdue University, 2001-2016. Many lectures available on YouTube.
  • Understanding Patents to Improve Product Design, Intellectual Property at Purdue University, 2011.

Speaking Engagements

  • Developed and taught a course in Intellectual Property for Engineers at Purdue University, ME554 (2001-2016), and lectured in ECE 402 Senior Design (2002-2015) and ME263 Engineering Design (2005-2015) at Purdue.