John Knox: Attorney with Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh


John Knox is Managing Partner and head of the electrical and electronic engineering and computer sciences practice groups in our Vancouver office. His practice focusses on patent and industrial design protection of electrical, electronic and computer-related inventions in Canada, the United States and around the world. John has drafted and prosecuted patent applications for a variety of technologies, including communications, control, data acquisition, electrical power, pure software, and mechanical. John also provides advice on the establishment and maintenance of patent procurement programs and is active in training our junior professionals in the Vancouver office in patent agency.

Prior to joining the firm, John was a patent agent at another leading Vancouver law firm. Previously, he worked as a hardware design engineer and project leader for Dynapro Systems Inc., an affiliate of Allen-Bradley Corp. His main areas of industrial experience include hardware system and communication system design using the Intel 80XXX series microprocessor family, analog design for data acquisition, telephone switchboard installation and the inspection of electrical power utility apparatus.

John has been a guest lecturer at the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and other local and international venues.

Rankings and Recognition

•Recognized in the 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: Patents
•Recognized annually since the inaugural edition in 2012 of IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Practitioners under Prosecution

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Patents
  • Industrial Designs
  • IP Management & Strategic Counselling
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Industrial/Mechanical
  • Software/Internet/Information Technologies
  • Cleantech
  • Energy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
604.682.7780  Phone
604.682.0274  Fax
University Attended:
University of British Columbia, B.A.Sc., Electrical Engineering, 1983
Registered Patent Agent, 1991; Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Involvement


•fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
•Member, Federation internationale des conseils en propriete intellectuelle (FICPI); member of the Finance Advisory Board; President of FICPI Canada; Technical Program Coordinator for the 2014 FICPI ABC meeting

Speaking engagements

• Patents: Opposition, moderator at the FICPI Open Forum, Barcenlona, Spain, November 2014
• Getting Patents Quickly in North America, presented at the FICPI Open Forum, Sorrento, Italy, October 2013
• Recent CIPO Examination Practice Guidelines, presented at the FICPI ABC meeting, New Orleans,
Louisiana, May 2013
• The 'Art' of Patentable Subject Matter in Canada, presented at the FICPI ABC meeting, Bath, England, June 2011

Teaching activities

• Digital Electronics, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC, 1983-1986


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