JohnPodtetenieff Ph.D.


Munich +

John Podtetenieff handles patent prosecution and contentious matters on behalf of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemistry sector clients.

John has experience in the full spectrum of patent proceedings before the European Patent Office — including drafting, prosecution, opposition, and appeal — as well as national infringement and invalidity proceedings. He has assisted diverse clients ranging from small start-ups in need of basic IP advice to multinational pharmaceutical companies requiring advice on their freedom-to-operate and litigation matters.

Prior to practicing intellectual property law, John was a research scientist working in the fields of metagenomic drug discovery, biocatalysis, directed evolution, and protein engineering, with particular emphasis on developing efficient green catalysts yielding enantiomerically pure molecules. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and the European Patent Institute.


  • Turnstone Biologics develops patent portfolios for its oncolytic virus clinical candidateJones Day is representing Turnstone Biologics Corp. in the development of patent portfolios covering its oncolytic virus programs.
  • ToolGen defends multi-party opposition at EPO relating to CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technologyJones Day is acting for ToolGen, Inc. in defense of a multi-party opposition filed at the European Patent Office against its patent rights covering application of the revolutionary CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology in biotechnology, medicine, and agriculture.
  • ToolGen seeks patent protection for CRISPR technologyJones Day is prosecuting patent applications and developing a patent portfolio on behalf of ToolGen, Inc. for CRISPR technology.