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John M. Naber
“I enjoy counseling inventors and businesses to help them grow and succeed. Because this involves working with very bright people at their best, it challenges my colleagues and me to always be at our best.”

John M. NaberPartner

Washington, D.C.
700 12th Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20005VCard
312.577.7007 fax
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J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1992, with distinction
M.S., Human Genetics/Microbiology, University of Cincinnati, 1982B.S., Biology, University of Cincinnati, 1982


Technical Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

District of ColumbiaMichigan U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeU.S. District Court, Eastern District of MichiganU.S. District Court, Western District of MichiganU.S. District Court, Eastern District of WisconsinU.S. Sixth Circuit Court of AppealsU.S. Supreme Court

John M. Naber strives to develop long-term relationships with clients as he works with them to help ensure the growth and success of their businesses. His clients come from a diverse range of business sectors, including automotive component manufacturing in the U.S. and internationally, as well as food and beverage products, foot care products, and computer software. John relies on a similarly diverse range of technical skills in counseling his clients, with emphasis in mechanical technology, the life sciences area (biotechnology and pharmaceuticals), chemical technology and related nanotechnology applications, and software development.

The services John provides to his clients encompass both IP and business disciplines. He has handled IP due diligence matters in mergers and acquisitions, as well as in such transactions as licensing and supply agreements. He also is involved in managing extensive patent and trademark portfolios. On the prosecution side, John is extensively involved in patent and trademark preparation, and he regularly provides clients with product clearance and legal opinions.

John has held intellectual property leadership positions in the State Bar of Michigan and the Federal Bar Association for the Michigan Western District. He is a frequent author on IP-related topics, particularly in the life sciences area.


  • “Discovery and Development of Medical Devices," University of Maryland, Baltimore, Md., November 7, 2016.
  • “Identifying and Developing Intellectual Property,” American University, Washington, D.C., April 19, 2016.
  • "Product Packaging and Labeling: An Overview of Current Legal Principles," Fitch Even Webinar, with John E. Lyhus, October 29, 2014.
  • "Intellectual Property Rights and Regulation for Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals," NanKang Biotech Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 12, 2004.
  • "Forensic Application of Newborn Screening Card in Michigan Leads to Murder Conviction," 10th National Neonatal Screening Symposium, Seattle, Wash., June 7-11, 1994.
  • "Directions of a New Statewide Genetics Service Program in Delaware," Am J of Public Health, 76.7: P-20, 1986. Presented at 114th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting, Las Vegas, Nev., Sep. 28-Oct. 2, 1986.


  • Naber, J.M. and Balboa, J.R., "Client Records, Whose Files Are They, Anyway?" Mich Bar Journal, vol. 86, no. 1, Jan. 2007: 24-27.
  • Konrad, M., Yubin, G., Naber, J., Scott, J., Matherly, L., Ravindranath, Y., and Taub, J., "High Frequency Leukemic Clones in Newborn Screening Blood Samples of Children with B-Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia," Blood, vol. 99, no. 8, April 15, 2002: 2992-2996.
  • King, J.L., Naber, J.M., Hopkin, R.J., Repaske, D., Bailey, L., and Leslie, N.D., "Antenatal Corticosteroids and Newborn Screening for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia," Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med., vol. 155, 2001: 1038-1042.
  • Durham-Pierre, D., King, R. A., Naber, J. M., Laken, S., and Brilliant, M. H., "Estimation of Carrier Frequency of a 2.7kb Deletion Allele of the P Gene Associated With OCA2 in African-Americans," Human Mutation, vol. 7, no. 4, 1996: 370-373.
  • Hannigan, J. H., Martier, S. S., and Naber, J. M., "Independent Associations Among Maternal Alcohol Consumption and Infant Thyroxine Levels and Pregnancy Outcome," Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, vol. 19, 1995: 135-141.
  • Naber, J. M. and Johnson, D., "Mandatory HIV Testing Issues in State Newborn Screening Programs," J Law & Health, vol. 7, no. 55, 1992-1993.
  • Naber, J.M., Huether, C. A., and Goodwin, B.A., "Temporal Changes in Ohio Amniocentesis Utilization during the First Twelve Years (1972-1983), and Frequency of Chromosomal Abnormalities Observed,” Prenatal Diagnosis, vol. 7, no. 1, 1987: 51-65.
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Council of Regional Networks for Genetic Services
  • Delaware Genetic Disease Advisory Committee
  • Eaton County Bar Association
    • Past President
  • Federal Bar Association, Michigan Eastern District
  • Federal Bar Association, Michigan Western District
    • Past Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Section
  • State Bar of Michigan

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