John Knox is managing partner and head of the electrical and electronic engineering and computer sciences practice groups in Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh’s Vancouver office. He is a persuasive and successful prosecutor who applies his extensive patent expertise and practical insights gleaned as a hardware design engineer to protect the electrical, electronic and computer-related inventions of his innovative clients. Mr Knox is lauded by clients for his sophisticated electronics expertise and ability to connect and communicate with inventors in their own language.
Mr Knox’s practice focuses on patent and industrial design protection of electrical, electronic and computer-related inventions in Canada, the United States and around the world. He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications for a variety of technologies, including communications, control, data acquisition, electrical power, pure software, mechanical and medical technologies.
Before joining Smart & Biggar, Mr Knox was a patent agent at another leading Vancouver law firm. Previously, Mr Knox worked as a hardware design engineer and project leader for an affiliate of Allen-Bradley. His main areas of industrial experience include hardware system and communication system design using Intel microprocessors, and analogue design for data acquisition.
Mr Knox has been a guest lecturer at the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and other local and international institutions. He has been recognised in the annual edition of IAM Patent 1000 since 2012. He is the immediate past-president of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys Canada (FICPI) and immediate past-president of the Finance Advisory Board of FICPI International. He is a member of FICPI International.