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John H. Mutchler Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

Hartford
Email: jmutchler@murthalaw.com
Phone: 860-240-6021
Fax: 860-240-6150

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., 2001)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S. in Metallurgy, 1989)
  • Western New England University (M.S. in Engineering Management, 1987)
  • Manhattan College (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 1979)

John H. Mutchler


John H. Mutchler is a Partner in Murtha Cullina’s Business and Finance Department, a member of the Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group and Chair of Murtha Cullina’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. His global practice includes patent prosecution and Reexamination Proceedings, IP licensing, U.S. government and private company contracting, copyright and trademark consulting as well as litigation and IP due diligence in bankruptcy proceedings, asset purchase and sales agreements, business formation and mergers and acquisitions.

John is a Professional Engineer (PE), registered to practice in Connecticut. He also has been an adjunct professor of law at Western New England University School of Law, Rensselaer Polytechnic University and the University of Hartford where he taught IP, IP Licensing and Entrepreneurship courses.

John serves on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC) and the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD).

John received his law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law, his M.S. degree in Metallurgy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as his M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Western New England University and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.

John has extensive industry and legal experience including:

  • Nuclear power
  • Fuel cells and fossil power
  • Environmental issues and energy conservation
  • Electro mechanical devices including bearings
  • Valve design, manufacturing, operation and testing
  • Manufacturing, welding and metal fabrication
  • Research and development
  • Due diligence
  • Portfolio management
  • Medical devices
  • Extrusion and application of polymers and plastic sheet forming
  • Rotating equipment including compressors, pumps and bearings
  • Aerospace and rail system components
  • Branding and trademark protection for food and beverages and for apparel including tee shirts and athletic clothing
  • Copyright protection for manuscripts, poems, books, drawings, sketches and sculptures
  • Appeals before the USPTO Patent Trial and  Appeal Board (PTAB)

Representative Cases:

  • Emseal Joint Systems, LTD. v. Schul International, Co., LLC et al -  Patent Infringement 
  • Emseal Joint Systems, LTD. v. MM Systems Inc. – Patent Infringement
  • Takamine Gakki Co., LTD v. KMC Music, Inc. et al - Trademark Litigation
  • Clearwater Systems Corporation v. Clearwater Enviro Technologies Inc. - Trademark and Copyright Infringement proceeding.
  • David A. Potts and Geomatrix, LLC v. S-Box LLC – Patent Infringement
  • DGG Properties Co., Inc. v. Giovanni’s II, Inc. – Trademark Infringement
  • South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC), Board of Directors
  • Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD), Board of Directors
  • Connecticut Excellence Award, Best Mentor, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2020
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Copyright Law (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)
Overview

John H. Mutchler is a Partner in Murtha Cullina’s Business and Finance Department, a member of the Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group and Chair of Murtha Cullina’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. His global practice includes patent prosecution and Reexamination Proceedings, IP licensing, U.S. government and private company contracting, copyright and trademark consulting as well as litigation and IP due diligence in bankruptcy proceedings, asset purchase and sales agreements, business formation and mergers and acquisitions.

John is a Professional Engineer (PE), registered to practice in Connecticut. He also has been an adjunct professor of law at Western New England University School of Law, Rensselaer Polytechnic University and the University of Hartford where he taught IP, IP Licensing and Entrepreneurship courses.

John serves on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC) and the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD).

John received his law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law, his M.S. degree in Metallurgy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as his M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Western New England University and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.

John has extensive industry and legal experience including:

  • Nuclear power
  • Fuel cells and fossil power
  • Environmental issues and energy conservation
  • Electro mechanical devices including bearings
  • Valve design, manufacturing, operation and testing
  • Manufacturing, welding and metal fabrication
  • Research and development
  • Due diligence
  • Portfolio management
  • Medical devices
  • Extrusion and application of polymers and plastic sheet forming
  • Rotating equipment including compressors, pumps and bearings
  • Aerospace and rail system components
  • Branding and trademark protection for food and beverages and for apparel including tee shirts and athletic clothing
  • Copyright protection for manuscripts, poems, books, drawings, sketches and sculptures
  • Appeals before the USPTO Patent Trial and  Appeal Board (PTAB)

Representative Cases:

  • Emseal Joint Systems, LTD. v. Schul International, Co., LLC et al -  Patent Infringement 
  • Emseal Joint Systems, LTD. v. MM Systems Inc. – Patent Infringement
  • Takamine Gakki Co., LTD v. KMC Music, Inc. et al - Trademark Litigation
  • Clearwater Systems Corporation v. Clearwater Enviro Technologies Inc. - Trademark and Copyright Infringement proceeding.
  • David A. Potts and Geomatrix, LLC v. S-Box LLC – Patent Infringement
  • DGG Properties Co., Inc. v. Giovanni’s II, Inc. – Trademark Infringement
Memberships
  • South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC), Board of Directors
  • Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD), Board of Directors
Recognition
  • Connecticut Excellence Award, Best Mentor, Connecticut Law Tribune, 2020
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Copyright Law (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
Education
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., 2001)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S. in Metallurgy, 1989)
  • Western New England University (M.S. in Engineering Management, 1987)
  • Manhattan College (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 1979)
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