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John Whealan

Dean for Intellectual Property Law Studies at George Washington Univesity

Since 2008, John Whealan has served as the Dean for Intellectual Property Law Studies at The George Washington University Law School.

Before joining GW Law School in 2008, Dean Whealan worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where he served as deputy general counsel for intellectual property law and Solicitor. In this role Dean Whealan represented the USPTO in all intellectual property litigation in federal court and advised the agency on a variety of policy issues. During his tenure, he argued approximately 30 cases before the Federal Circuit and, with his staff, was responsible for briefing and arguing more than 250 cases. Dean Whealan also assisted the U.S. Solicitor General on virtually every intellectual property case that has been heard by the Supreme Court since 2001. He also served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary for the last year.

Dean Whealan has also served as a staff attorney for the U.S. International Trade Commission where he litigated several investigations involving intellectual property matters. He has clerked at both the appellate and trial court levels, serving as law clerk to Judge Randall R. Rader of the Federal Circuit and Judge James T. Turner of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Whealan was also engaged in private practice at Fish & Neave in New York and worked as a design engineer for General Electric.

For the past 10 years, he has taught as an adjunct professor of law at The Franklin Pierce Law Center and also has taught courses at George Mason University School of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

B.S., Villanova University; M.S., Drexel University; J.D., Harvard University

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