John Cao

Patent Agent*

* Limited Recognition

Zhan (John) Cao is a member of the firm’s Patent Practice Group. John focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling and the protection of intellectual property in the fields of electronics, software, and computer-related technologies.

John provides a broad range of patent related services including preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications, and patent litigation support. John’s areas of practice include integrated circuitry, semiconductors, machine learning, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), medical devices, cloud computing, communication and networking systems, Internet technologies, computer architecture, data storage systems, and business methods.

During law school, John served as an Associate Editor, and then Managing Editor for IDEA: The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. During Fall of 2015, he served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable William G. Young, U.S. District Judge, District of Massachusetts. Prior to law school, John worked 3+ years as a Systems Engineer for Macdonald Dettwiler & Associates, and as an intern for Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices.


  • American Bar Association

Contact Information:

Office: Silicon Valley
Phone: 408.720.8300
Fax: 408.720.8383

Law School:

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law

Undergraduate/Graduate Education:

  • University of Waterloo
    • Hons.B.A.Sc. (Electrical Engineering)
    • Graduated with distinction
  • University of Waterloo
    • M.A.Sc. (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

PTO Registration #: * Limited Recognition L1167

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