John Mutchler

John H. Mutchler



John H. Mutchler



  • Overview


    John H. Mutchler advises clients on their intellectual property rights with specific experience in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, patent appeals before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and Intellectual Property litigation. His practice includes patent prosecution and reexamination proceedings, licensing, U.S. government and private company contracting, copyright and trademark consulting and litigation, portfolio management, and IP due diligence in bankruptcy proceedings, asset purchase and sales agreements, business formation, and mergers and acquisitions.

    John has extensive industry and legal experience in fields including nuclear and fossil power generation, pulverizing equipment, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDS), rotating equipment including pumps and compressors, valve design, bearings, energy conservation and energy efficiency, manufacturing including extrusion and plastic forming devices, non-destructive testing, metallurgy, medical devices, aerospace and rail system components, branding and trademark protection for food and beverages and for apparel including tee shirts and athletic clothing, copyright protection for manuscripts, poems, books, drawings, sketches and sculptures.

    In his former capacities as an executive and senior manager at Northeast Utilities, ABB, and Combustion Engineering, John was responsible for energy-related technology and research and development. He has more than 30 years of experience in energy generation, including nuclear power, fuel cells and fossil power; environmental issues and energy conservation; electro-mechanical devices; manufacturing, welding and metal fabrication; research and development; and due diligence and portfolio management.

    John is a Professional Engineer, registered to practice in Connecticut. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Western New England University School of Law, Rensselaer Polytechnic University and the University of Hartford, where he taught IP, IP Licensing and Entrepreneurship courses. He is a patent holder as co-inventor of two valve-related system products. John is also a respected and much sought-after presenter who has spoken about all aspects of global intellectual property law, including the protection and enforcement of global trademarks and inventions.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Emseal Joint Systems, LTD. v. Schul International, Co., LLC et al - Patent Infringement *

      • Emseal Joint Systems, LTD. v. MM Systems Inc. – Patent Infringement *

      • Takamine Gakki Co., LTD v. KMC Music, Inc. et al - Trademark Litigation *

      • Clearwater Systems Corporation v. Clearwater Enviro Technologies Inc. - Trademark and
        Copyright Infringement proceeding*

      • David A. Potts and Geomatrix, LLC v. S-Box LLC – Patent Infringement *

      • DGG Properties Co., Inc. v. Giovanni’s II, Inc. – Trademark Infringement *

      • * Attorney Mutchler was counsel in these representative matters prior to joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      LGBTQ Section
      Intellectual Property Section

      South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC)
      Board of Directors (2021)
      Treasurer (2022 - 2024)

      Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity
      Board of Directors (2021 - 2022)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Presented with the Best Mentor Award as part of the Connecticut Law Tribune's 2020 Connecticut Legal Awards

      Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Copyright Law since 2021 and in the area of Trademark Law for 2024.

      Robinson+Cole Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award Recipient, 2023

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Connecticut Quarter Horse Association
      Former Member, Board of Directors (2019 - 2021)
      Treasurer (2021 - Present)

      Highland Knoll Association
      Member, Board of Directors and Treasurer (2021 - Present)
    • Publications


      "Cooperative v. Kollective CAFC Decision Demonstrates Virtues of Consistent and Candid Patent Prosecution Litigation," co-authored with John L. Cordani, published in IPWatchdog (10/19/2022)
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    • Presentations


      "Global Considerations Related to Intellectual Property Rights," co-presented with David W. Leibovitch, hosted by by the U.S. Commercial Service, the CT District Export Council, and Robinson+Cole (5/2/2023)
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      "Global Considerations Related to Intellectual Property Rights *," a webinar presented as part of the U.S. Commercial Service Export Week (5/5/2022)
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      "Nuts & Bolts of IP Law *," for the ACC of Westchester/Southern Connecticut * (10/7/2021)
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      "Global Intellectual Property Protection *," a webinar presented as part of the U.S. Commercial Service Export Week * (5/6/2021)
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      "Global Intellectual Property Considerations *," a webinar presented during the District Export Council Export Week *  (5/2/2019)
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      "Intellectual Property Briefing *," during the Department of Commerce Export Week * (4/27/2017)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • February 6, 2024

        John Mutchler Re-Elected Treasurer of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut for a Third Consecutive Term

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      • August 3, 2023

        Robinson+Cole Presents 2023 Awards for Outstanding Contributions

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      • November 9, 2022

        John Cordani and Jackie Scheib Featured in Law360 Article on IP+T Group’s Planned Patent Growth

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      • October 26, 2022

        John Cordani and John Mutchler Co-Author IP Watchdog Article on the Virtues of a Consistent Patent Prosecution Litigation Strategy

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 17, 2023

        78 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2024

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      • September 12, 2022

        Robinson+Cole Bolsters Intellectual Property Practice

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