Jovan N. Jovanovic

Jovan N. Jovanovic

The Watson IP Group, PLC
  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks
  • Illinois, Michigan, United States Patent and Trademark Office
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For over 25 years, my passion has been helping companies navigate the waters of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and other forms of Intellectual Property.

The firm I founded has been honored to secure in 500+ US Patents, hundreds of US Trademarks, and IP rights in over 60 Countries, on 6 Continents, for clients that range from the individual inventor to the Fortune 50.

It is likewise an honor to have multiple clients place their trust in our work for two decades, and to continue to represent my first corporate client all these years later.

I have been fortunate to have worked on some very significant products and technologies that are used by hundreds of millions around the world, to work side by side with some of the largest litigation firms in the country on complex intellectual property cases, and to meet and negotiate with foreign governments in Europe and the Middle East. But, some of the most rewarding work has come from counseling startups and venture stage businesses to develop local and global strategies for protecting their IP.

In the past few years, I have been a speaker both domestically and internationally at various Intellectual Property, Accelerator/Incubator and Venture Capital conferences. I feel a sense of obligation to share my experiences (the good, the bad and the ugly) and excited to learn from the experiences of others so that we all grow together. Recent speaking engagements have taken me to Silicon Valley, Dubai, UAE and Eastern Europe.

My interest and specialty includes:

IP Portfolio Management
IP Licensing and Manufacturing Negotiation
Patent Portfolio Strategy, Development and Landscape Analysis
Patent Prosecution (In such fields as: Medical Devices, Filling and Packaging, Automation Equipment, Oil & Gas, Aviation, IoT, Blockchain, Software)
Patent Opinions, Due Diligence, and Avoidance
Patent Litigation and Post Grant Proceedings
Trademark Prosecution, Assertion and Opposition

Practice Areas
Intellectual Property
Patent Appeals, Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Video Conferencing
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  • Skype
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  • Microsoft Teams
  • WhatsApp
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Illinois
ID Number: 6225270
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State Bar of Michigan
ID Number: P66644
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United States Patent and Trademark Office
ID Number: 40039
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Federal Circuit
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  • Croatian: Spoken, Written
  • Serbian: Spoken, Written
  • Serbo-Croatian: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish
Professional Experience
Managing Partner, Registered Patent Attorney, Trademark Attorney
The Watson IP Group, PLC
- Current
The Watson IP Group, PLC is a full service Intellectual Property Law Firm specializing in Patent Law, Trademark Law and Copyright Law.
Associate and Partner
Patent Lawyer, Trademark Lawyer in Chicago and Michigan
From my admission to the Bar, I was a practicing Patent Attorney in Chicago and Michigan. Initially with firms as an associate, and, subsequently as a partner.
University of Illinois College of Law
J.D. (1994) | Law
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University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
B.S. (1991) | Mechanical Engineering
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan  # P66644
- Current
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State Bar of Illinois
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Patent Protection, VetBizCentral Webinar, Webinar
VetBizCentral webinar in coordination with ACRE AgTech. Paul covered topics in connection with Agriculture business, while I covered topics of patent protection in a webinar format.
Intellectual Property in Agriculture, Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference, Traverse City, Michigan
Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference
Conducted a seminar regarding agriculture business and intellectual property protection in conjunction with Paul Sachs of ACRE AgTech.
Invention Talk, Radio Program, NPR Grand Rapids
Mike Suman Innovation Talk Radio Program
Interviewed on Mike Suman's radio program "Innovation Talk" airing in West Michigan on WGVU, a NPR station. Discussed the changes in Patent Law due to the America Invents Act (AIA).
International Efforts Toward Harmonization of IP Laws, World IP Forum 2019, TTaipei, Taiwan
World IP Forum
Moderated a panel of fantastic speakers on topics of International Efforts Toward Harmonization of IP Laws; The Andean Countries Law on Opposition and Cancellation and Biotech & Pharma IP Landscape of Malaysia. Directed lively discussion of the topics which were led by leaders in their fields.
Trade Secret and Patent Q&A, ACRE 2019 Cohort Meetings, Grand Rapids
Led Q&A session with the ACRE 2019 Cohort where we had a lively Q&A discussion on patents and trade secrets and the interaction between these areas of the law. The session was attended by several of the cohort participants.
Conducting IP Audits And IP Risk Management - Bad Data, Bad Decisions, IILPA 4th IP Congress 2018, Dubai, UAE
International Intellectual Property Law Association
Panel discussion at the IIPLA 4th Dubai IP Congress 2018, moderated by Roberto Dini of Sisvel International in Luxembourg, with Subhadip Sakar of Cognizant in India, Dr. Sevim Suzeroglu-Melchiors of Dennemeyer in Luxembourg and Mahua Roy Chowdhury of Royzz in India.
Obtaining Patent Protection While Operating In An 'Anti-Patent' Climate, World IP Forum 2018, Dubai, UAE
World IP Forum
Panelist and presenter at the World IP Forum 2018 conference in Dubai, UAE. Discussed issues of patent protection in a discussion setting, moderated by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Mehta of India, with Louis M. Troilo of Finnegan, Henderson in Philadelphia, Zachary Krug of Woodsford Litigation Funding in London, and Tommi Lehtinen of Nokia in Finland.
Websites & Blogs
Watson IP Group Website
Social Media
Contact & Map
The Watson IP Group PLC
3133 Highland Blvd Ste 200
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Telephone: (616) 797-1000
Fax: (866) 369-7391
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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