John H. Runnels

John H. Runnels: Attorney with Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, L.L.P. AV stamp icon
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Practicing law since 1985, Taylor Porter Partner John Runnels serves as Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property practice. Prior to joining Taylor Porter in 1989, Mr. Runnels practiced with one of the nation’s leading patent firms in New York City. Mr. Runnels is engaged primarily in the practice of patent law, including chemical patent prosecution, biotech patent prosecution, patent licensing, university technology transfer, and related matters.

Mr. Runnels is ranked among The Best Lawyers in America in Biotechnology Law.

Mr. Runnels has a B.S. in chemistry from Louisiana State University and an M.S. in chemistry from California Institute of Technology.

Mr. Runnels is admitted to the bar in Louisiana, New York, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and the Association of University Technology Managers.

Speeches and Presentations

• Doctrine of Inherency, University Tech Transfer Executives, LSU AgCenter, March 15, 2016

Media Mentions

Protect Your Assets - What Today's Manufacturers Should Know About Patent Law , 10/12 Industry Report, Patent Law Q&A, February 22, 2016

Awards and Other Distinctions

Best Lawyers - Biotechnology Law

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Biotech Patent Prosecution
  • Chemical Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Licensing

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
225.381.0257  Phone
225.346.8049  Fax
University Attended:
Louisiana State University, B.S., 1980; California Institute of Technology, M.S., 1983
Law School Attended:
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1989; 1986, New York; 1985, Louisiana

Professional Memberships and Associations

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Association of University Technology Managers

National Association of College and University Attorneys

Baton Rouge Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Birth Information:
New Haven, Connecticut, January 15, 1961

Peer Reviews

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