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John Stuart Reid

Patent application Attorney at Spokane, WA

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 30 years
    Washington - WA 27 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1996
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Patent application
    Extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications (over 90% success rate in getting patents allowed by the U.S. Patent Office). Areas of technical expertise include: mechanical and electro-mechanical devices (including everything from digital cameras to dog leashes); chemical manufacturing processes; software (e.g., digital imaging methods and internet-based methods); semiconductor fabrication methods and equipment; avionics; optics; and MUCH more.

    31 years, 350 cases

  2. Licensing
    Extensive experience in drafting, negotiating and reviewing: license agreements for patents, software, and other matters; commercial development agreements (including university agreements and government CRADA agreements); and other technology agreements.

    31 years, 500 cases

  3. Intellectual property
    In addition to my listed patent, licensing and trademark services, I also have extensive experience in preparing patentability opinions, preparing infringement and non-infringement opinions, preparing intellectual property audits, and acting as an expert witness for patent malpractice cases.

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Trademark application
    My forte in this area is helping the CLIENT to secure a U.S. registration on a trademark. (Most cleints can do a good deal of this work themselves, and can thus save a considerable amount of money in attorney fees. I step in with legal advice when needed.)

    31 years, 100 cases

If your business relies (at least in part) on your  innovations, then you need to secure protection on those innovations.  This is what I call "The Competitive Edge".  That is, you can get an edge on your competition by securing legal protection on your innovations.  I can help you to this end.  And hopefully my following credentials will convince you that I am the right person for the job.


I am an engineer (Gonzaga University, 1980, highest GPA in the school of engineering that year), and worked for Chevron Corp. as an engineer for 10 years before going to law school.  I graduated in the top 10% of my law school class (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles) in 1993.  I am a patent attorney registered with the U.S. Patent Office (Reg. No. 36,369, 1992), and am licensed to practice law in California and Washington.  I have secured over 300 patents for corporations large and small (including Chevron Corp. and Hewlett-Packard), and specialize in assisting small companies and individuals in securing, and licensing, patents on their inventions.  I am an ardent student of history, technology, and current events, and firmly believe that integrating my knowledge of these topics into my law practice allows me to maximize my clients' potential to profit from their innovations.  (In short, I learn from the past, and use that knowledge as leverage in the present.)  I have drafted and negotiated hundreds of technology agreements, including agreements with universities and the federal government.


In addition to helping you secure protection on (and license) your patents, trademarks and copyrights, I can also assist you in defending against charges of infringement made by others.


In short, I can assist you with all stages of identifying, registering, licensing and defending your innovations.  My goal is to maximize the value of your innovations on your behalf.


Please call or e-mail me for a free consultation.


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John Stuart Reid
1926 S Valleyview Ln
Spokane, WA, 99212-0157
John Stuart Reid
1926 S Valleyview Ln
Spokane, WA, 99212
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Posted by John | October 4, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful advice
John responded with some very helpful advice and is obviously experienced and knowledgeable about patent and copywriting laws and strategies
Posted by Bjorn | April 8, 2010
A great patent lawyer
I have worked with John Reid for about 15 year. He has written most my patents - all were allowed. He is extremely good to work with. He kept me informed during the process of patenting my inventions. He also advised me of steps to take I was not aware of to make the patent more effective. John is also very pleasant to work with as a person. I am recommending John Reid highly.
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Posted by Chris | March 7, 2010
John Reid Patent Law
I have been a client of Mr. Reid for some 10 years now. John Reid is fast, competent and reliable. He has worked with me to keep cost down which has been of critical importance as my funds are minimal. John's passion is Patent Law. As such, he strives to remain current with the case law as well as changes in the USPTO. Great guy!
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Posted by Randy | March 3, 2010
CEO, various companies
I have known Mr. Reid for several years. He has written very good patent applications for me in the past, both personal and on behalf of several of my companies, including DigiDeal and others. He has served in various employment capacities while writing these patents, with Wells, St. John & Roberts, Randy Gregory IP Law and with his own firm.
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Posted by Bob | March 3, 2010
I Recommend John Reid without reservation
John prepared a number of my patents while I was working at HP. I really enjoyed working with John. He was fast, flexible and responsive. I worked with a lot of external patent attorneys while at HP, I specifically requested to have John prepare my patent applications. I would definitely use John again. Whether you are a large corporation or an individual inventor John will do great work for you. I requested John because he was easy to work with and did great work. He was understanding of my busy schedule and amazingly responsive to my redlines to his patent drafts. I used to joke that he used his fax machine as an alarm clock because he always seemed to respond so quickly to my input. I have filed more than 80 patent applications and worked with well over a dozen different patent attorneys. Most fell in the middle, several I requested not to work with any more and less than a handful made my list as preferred patent attorneys. While at HP John was at the top of my list of preferred patent attorneys. Not only did I request to have John prepare my patent applications I recommend that others I worked with request John as well.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2010
Astute attorney that understand the law
Introduced to John in the mid 1990's when he performed an IP audit on our small high-tech company for a general manager of a major oil company. The review highlighted potential weaknesses in our US patent strategy, and in particular, using European style claims for US patents. Upon patent litigation in the US, I contacted John for guidance. John's advice was to apply for re-issue / re-examination on the patent. John represented our company in this action. Many new claims were allowed. The contesting party in the litigation had been extremely successful in deploying the technology around world. They saw great value in the re-issued patent and in other patents and technology that we owned. They acquired our company, and were themselves acquired shortly thereafter. All three companies, and their respective shareholders / customers were delighted with the outcome. The importance of the commercial protection afforded by the re-issued patent for all three companies and their stakeholders cannot be overstated. As part of the due diligence for a major VC investment for first round financing organized by a lead investor in California, John performed an IP audit on an important patented technology. The IP audit satisfied the attorneys representing the varous venture capital investment firms and the investment concluded successfully. In addition to the major headline work described above, John has acted for the various high tech companies that I have worked with in the following matters: Non-infringement opinion on a US patent Drafting and prosecuting patents in various technology areas Trademarks Confidentiality agreements Drafting and negotiating licensing agreements He is an attorney that I have worked with for approximately fifteen years, an attorney whose advice and guidance I trust, and one that I would recommend without hesitation for clients of both small and large high-tech companies.
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AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Reidlaw, LLC
  • 1998 - Present
  • Patent Attorney
  • Chevron Corporation
  • 1990 - 1995


  • Loyola Law School
  • law
  • N/A
  • Gonzaga Univ
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Appeal before the BPAI of USPTO
  • Rejection of patent claims overcome.


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Coif
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE Presentation to Winthrop & Weinstine
  • CAFC 2007 Patent Decisions and Implications
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
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Patent application Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Family member
"I have referred several patent application matters to John. He does great work and is responsive to client requests."
Patent application Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have used John to help several clients with patent work. He's fair, competent and ethical and In each instance, he's done a good job. I will continue to recommend him."
Patent application Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"John's professional and ethical standards are of the highest order, he is detail-oriented, quickly masters complex technologies and has proven skill in prosecuting hundreds of patent applications to allowance. Having worked for John on a variety of matters, including client counseling, patent preparation/prosecution and patentability searches, I offer my unqualified recommendation for John's Intellectual Property services."
Patent application Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John Reid is dedicated to the highest legal ethics and work quality. Clients need look no further for highly skilled patent and IP counsel."
Patent application Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A very good patent attorney and person!"
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Spokane Patent application Lawyer John Stuart Reid
John Stuart Reid
Patent application Attorney
Spokane, WA
Licensed for 30 years
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