John L. Sotomayor is a Patent Attorney and former Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He specializes in software methods, software-driven products, electrical, electro-mechanical, medical, and other devices.
Previous to launching his patent consulting practice, John was in-house Patent Counsel for Digitalsmiths, prior to their acquisition by TiVo in 2014, and Integrian, Inc., both headquartered in North Carolina.
While attending law school, he was Of Counsel to the law firm Woodcock Washburn (Philadelphia office) where he prosecuted over 150 patents for Microsoft. For additional legal clients, he prosecuted patents for Sony, Alcatel, Becton Dickinson, and Braun USA.
Prior to his tenure with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, where he passed the Patent Bar, John held management roles with a variety of technology firms to include a software support partner to Apple, a sub-contractor to the CIA, where he held a top-secret, secure compartmented information (TS-SCI) security clearance, EDS, and NEC America.
John began his career as a software engineer working for Arizona Public Service, IBM, and General Dynamics.
He holds a J.D. from North Carolina Central University and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from New Mexico State University.
John is a Mentor at The Startup Factory, Durham, NC, Co-Founder’s Capital Lab, Cary, NC, and Venture Asheville, Asheville, NC.
Admitted to practice before the USPTO
Admitted to the Wisconsin Bar
North Carolina Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
Instructor and board member, Patent Institute of Training (Atlanta)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association