John Shimmick is a partner in the Palo Alto office of FisherBroyles, where his practice focuses on patent prosecution and counseling designed to help his clients protect their intellectual property rights both domestically and internationally. He regularly works with his clients to conduct patentability, freedom-to-operate, and patent validity analyses, and he also prepares and prosecutes patent applications. John has experience with appeals, reexaminations, litigation support, and opposition proceedings. In addition to protecting intellectual property rights, John has experience with investor due diligence and financing. He frequently advises clients in connection with various rounds of financing, acquisitions and IPOs.

John has a broad technical background and has worked as a patent attorney in several technical fields, including software, optical systems, mechanical devices, laser ablation systems, telemetry, semiconductor manufacturing, and test equipment. He has worked extensively in the medical device sector, including medical instrumentation, implantable devices, healthcare information technology, surgical robotics, tissue ablation systems, medical imaging, hearing...

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  • Corporate Experience

    VISX, Inc.



Palo Alto

John Shimmick


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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.
UC Davis, B.S. Chemistry
UT Austin, M.S. Biomedical Engineering

Prior Law Firm Experience

Townsend, Townsend & Crew, LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Practice Areas