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John W. Rees Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1993

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


University of Michigan, J.D., magna cum laude

  • Order of the Coif

Oakland University, B.S.E., cum laude

  • Tau Beta Pi

John W. Rees is the former Practice Group Leader of Dykema's Intellectual Property Transactional practice within the Firm's Intellectual Property Department. He is experienced in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent, copyright and trademark prosecution, and intellectual property litigation.

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Rees was employed as an engineer in the telecommunications industry, designing digital and analog data transmission links.


  • Preparation and procurement of patents in a broad range of technologies, including semiconductor devices, automotive and computer-implemented inventions, such as software
  • Preparing intellectual property licensing and other agreements
  • Patent prosecution experience includes medical devices, ignition coils, alternators, exhaust after-treatment systems, on-board diagnostics, microprocessor design and architecture (such as massively parallel processing), software, fuel injection systems, optical measuring/illumination systems, motor control and application (DC and switched reluctance motors), personal computer architecture (DMA, graphics display hardware), automotive electronics, semiconductor design (including ESD circuitry) and telecommunications systems

Memberships & Involvement

  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Patent Law, 2020 and 2021. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Recognized in Managing Intellectual Property magazine as a Patent Star, 2018

Recognized in Managing Intellectual Property magazine as an IP Star, 2015-2016

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell