Professional Biography

John M. Wechkin Partner

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.3257

    F +1.206.359.9000


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




John Wechkin focuses his practice on strategic patent preparation, prosecution and associated counseling over a wide range of technologies, with concentrations in semiconductor and LED processing, cleantech, aerospace, medical devices and other mechanical technologies.  John counsels clients on domestic and international patent portfolio planning, portfolio analysis, and patent evaluations, including patent infringement and validity analyses.  His practice also includes litigation support, licensing support and patent reexaminations.  John's graduate work at Stanford University focused on fluid mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and thermodynamics.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2013, 2014, 2016 - 2019
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, 2012 - 2019
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 - 2020: Copyright Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Patent Law
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington's Super Lawyers”
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Rising Stars of Washington Law,” 2001 and 2002

Professional Leadership

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Patent Lawyers Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Related Employment

  • Seed & Berry, Seattle, WA, Associate, 1996 - 1999
  • The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA, Senior Specialist Engineer and Project Manager, 1984 - 1993






Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Stanford University, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1986
  • Cornell University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, with distinction, 1983