John Vereb, Of Counsel

Trusted counsel who can develop IP rights from the ground up

It’s critical for an IP lawyer to not only understand the law, but also the technology behind each invention. Hands-on experience is an invaluable teacher. Unlike many patent attorneys who transition from undergraduate study straight into law school, John M. Vereb worked as an engineer for more than a decade before beginning his legal practice.

As an IP lawyer, John has more than 17 years of experience acquiring and protecting intellectual property rights for Fortune 500 companies across a variety of disciplines, including the automotive, oil field service, consumer electronics, financial services and utility industries.

From creating IP strategies to preparing and prosecuting patent applications, John has advised organizations from solo inventors up to global corporations on the steps necessary to protect their ideas. His breadth of experience includes a variety of technologies including electronic display systems, nuclear systems and downhole tools for the oil and gas industry.

As a senior member at major law firms from Philadelphia to New York City, John has handled IP matters for numerous clients across the country. When he served as in-house counsel for the world leader in oilfield services for drilling products, John drafted, prosecuted and filed patents both in the U.S. and abroad. Clients appreciate his in-house background as he relates to and understands their specific needs and budgetary constraints.

Extensive knowledge from a battle-tested, licensed engineer

John received Bachelors of Engineering and Masters of Engineering degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology, one of the top engineering schools in the U.S. and one of the few that offer these unique degree programs. Stevens, known as the Innovation University, requires students to take technology-based courses in all areas, such as electrical and mechanical engineering, and follows this technical training by real-world experience in the workforce.

He is also a licensed professional engineer, an exclusive certification requiring multiple exams and apprenticeships. As a practicing engineer, John developed and transferred technologies into the utility industry, gaining experience in power production, transmission and distribution of electrical services at one of the largest combined electric and gas utility companies in the world.

Not only does his comprehensive education enable John to work across all disciplines of engineering, but his extensive hands-on experience means he can truly bridge the gap between clients who are developing technology and the legal requirements to protect it.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., Widener University School of Law, 2000
  • M.Eng., Stevens Institute of Technology, 1994
  • B.Eng, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • State Bar of Texas
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar