Mr. Kappes is the owner of the Law Offices of Jon E. Kappes, PLC, a firm that represents clients in patent licensing and enforcement matters in a variety of technical areas including semiconductors, mass media, wireless communications, electrical, and chemical arts. Mr. Kappes’ work includes intellectual property consulting, litigation-oriented patent prosecution, ex parte and inter partes PTO review proceedings, complex litigation, and patent sales and licensing.
During his first ten years of practice, Mr. Kappes worked with leading patent attorneys Steven Lisa and Gerald Hosier litigating patent cases on behalf of inventors and universities.
Mr. Kappes graduated from the Arizona State University College of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers, and earned a certificate in intellectual property law. Mr. Kappes received the first annual Lisa Foundation Award for contributions to the Center for the Study of Law, Science & Technology at ASU, as well as the Hon. Mary M. Schroder Award for federal practice. While in law school, Mr. Kappes served as the Executive Editor of Jurimetrics, The ABA's Official Journal of Law, Science & Technology and worked for Arizona District Court Judge James Teilborg. Mr. Kappes has a BS in electrical engineering and MS in radiochemistry from Colorado State University. He is a member of the Arizona Bar, Illinois Bar, and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, numerous federal district courts, and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Kappes teaches IP law at the Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law at Arizona State University including patent, copyright, and trademark law and advises ASU's Sports and Entertainment Law Journal (SELJ).
In 2019, Mr. Kappes was awarded Faculty of the Year by the graduating class of students in ASU Law's Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program, and in 2021, Mr. Kappes was awarded Faculty of the Year by the JD graduates.
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