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John Schroeder


Stinson, LLP

John Schroeder is a partner in Stinson LLP’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Division.

John litigates high-stakes technology and intellectual property disputes. With a background in chemical engineering, management experience in industry, and extensive experience litigating complex disputes, John seeks custom solutions for his clients’ disputes.

John has litigated patent, trademark, and trade secret disputes in Missouri state court and U.S. district courts throughout the country. John is especially skilled at challenging and defending the validity of patents in Inter Parte Review (IPR) and Post Grant Review (PGR) proceedings before the USPTO. John further has considerable experience in appellate practice before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to litigating disputes, John assists clients with a variety of other intellectual property matters, including patent counseling, patentability and non-infringement opinions, due diligence, and licensing.

Representative technologies that John has practiced in include: bio-energy, carbon capture, electroplating, metallurgical processing, plastics and materials, paints and coatings, light emitting diodes (LED), and mechanical/electro-mechanical devices.

Prior to law school, John gained invaluable technical and managerial experience working as a manufacturing and process engineer for General Motors.

Recent Articles by John Schroeder

Proposed FTC Ban on Non-Competes: Considerations for Companies to Protect Trade Secrets

In January 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) unveiled a proposed ban on non-compete clauses that prohibits employees from joining or forming competitive firms following the termination of their employment. According to the FTC, non-compete clauses unfairly and unnecessarily stifle employees’ ability to pursue better employment opportunities. While this criticism may ring true in the case of lower-wage workers, such as restaurant and warehouse employees, even the staunchest critics of non-compete clauses will typically acknowledge that they can — and often do — play a legitimate role in the protection of trade secrets. This is why the FTC’s proposed rulemaking is causing consternation in the intellectual property community.