John Hocker is an Associate in the firm's Internet, Software and Electrical-Mechanical Practice Groups. John's practice includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications, patent counseling, and handling patent appeals and other proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) covering a wide range of technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), targeted advertising, video games, augmented and virtual realities, database management, image recognition, blockchain, navigation, activity-tracking, medical devices, signal processing, vehicle motor control, and autonomous driving.
John began his patent career as a USPTO Patent Examiner including serving as a USPTO Training Academy search mentor. At the USPTO, John primarily examined software patent applications covering technologies of, for example, matching/recognition (e.g., location-based, voice/biometric recognition, contextual search), legacy integration, data audits, back-up recovery, navigation, SQL, ISP transmissions, image processing, heuristic and semantic analysis, de-duplication, data migration, XML queries, and legacy conversion. Prior to joining Sughrue Mion, John gained additional significant experience preparing and prosecuting software patent applications including traversing Alice-based Section 101 rejections for large multi-national corporations while working as a Patent Associate Attorney at a large Washington, D.C.-area IP firm.
In law school, John received a CALI "Best in Class" award for Patent Law and served as President of the Intellectual Property Law Society. John also gained industry experience as a Systems Administration Intern for Siemens and served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Charles E. Bullock at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC).