John-Paul F. Cherry, Ph.D., Patent Agent

A consummate professional in IP law

John-Paul Cherry has seen and done a great deal in his twenty-plus years of working in intellectual property law. From developing worldwide patent portfolios to advising clients in complex corporate transactions, John-Paul brings a combination of vast legal knowledge, technological variety and entrepreneurial insight to his practice.

As an undergraduate chemistry student, John-Paul conducted several research projects related to organometallic synthesis and chemical vapor deposition at UCLA, as well as other research projects related to forensic toxicology for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. As a doctorate student of inorganic chemistry at MIT, John-Paul's research advisor was Christopher C. Cummins and his thesis chairman was Richard R. Schrock. John-Paul's graduate research included the synthesis, isolation, and characterization of unusually reactive transition metal complexes of unique design and construction; the activation of ubiquitous small molecules including dinitrogen; the assembly of novel functional groups containing both transition metals and main group elements; innovative methods for inorganic synthesis; and the development of new reagents (e.g., polymeric catalysts) for organic synthesis. When he wasn’t in the lab, John-Paul pursued his own entrepreneurial interests by establishing multiple technology companies with inventions that included implantable medical devices and several consumer products. He now uses this unique insight and experience to help other inventors do just the same, providing them with a robust patent portfolio that suits both their business and legal needs.

Complete solutions from start to finish

John-Paul’s practice encompasses many areas of intellectual property, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, the incorporation of offensive, defensive and design-around strategies, and the preparation of patent due diligence matters, including freedom-to-operate, non-infringement, invalidity, and patentability matters. He has also authored numerous publications and presentations, in addition to patenting several independent inventions. Having written his first patent application in 1998, John-Paul has maintained his passion for the field in several ways:

  • First, continued learning through the variety of advanced technologies that he supports. For example, his resume currently boasts patents for innovations related to anti-cancer drugs, power generation, semiconductor devices, and oil-drilling tools.
  • Second, his commitment to helping clients accomplish their IP-related goals, whether it be representation in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office or performing due diligence for clients.
  • Third, throughout his career, he has prosecuted thousands of applications, maintained a very high ratio of winning Appeals, and obtained countless amounts of allowances for his clients.

Despite his workload, John-Paul still managed to enjoy many rewarding years of coaching youth football, baseball, and softball. He also enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, recreational shooting, and working with his hands to reload ammunition.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2007
  • Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of California at Los Angeles, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Chemical Society

Special Honors

  • MIT 1K Entrepreneurial Contest Winner (Materials, 2000)
  • Louis B. Siegel Fellowship (2000)
  • MIT 50K Entrepreneurial Contest Semi-Finalist (1999)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1997-1998)