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John-Paul F. Cherry

Patent Agent


University of Houston Law Center, J.D. with emphasis in Intellectual Property studies (2007)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry (2001)

University of California at Los Angeles, B.S. in Chemistry (1997)


Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1997-1998)

Louis B. Siegel Fellowship (2000)

MIT 50K Entrepreneurial Contest Semi-Finalist (1999)

MIT 1K Entrepreneurial Contest Winner (Materials, 2000)

Court Admissions

United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)


John-Paul’s practice encompasses many facets of intellectual property law, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, the incorporation of offensive/defensive and design-around strategies through the development of world-wide patent portfolios, and the preparation of patent due diligence matters, including freedom-to-operate, non-infringement, invalidity, and/or patentability matters. John-Paul has extensive knowledge and experience in many technological fields, including semiconductor, photovoltaic, and display materials and processing equipment; polymeric and catalytic materials and systems, and organic and inorganic synthesis; nanomaterials, self-assembled materials, and related materials; battery and biofuel technologies; wood and paper technologies including related compositions and process equipment for building materials, paper products, and composite fibrous materials; drilling and hydraulic fracturing fluids, proppant technologies, downhole tools, and other oilfield technologies; mining and ore recovery technologies including collectors/depressants compositions; biotechnologies including medical devices, drug delivery systems, anti-cancer drugs, and other drug and/or therapeutic compositions; spray-drying and other encapsulation techniques and related processing equipment; turbomachinery and related rotary equipment systems and processes including waste heat recovery systems, refrigeration systems, supercritical fluid systems, and power generation and storage systems; and chemical processes and equipment for ammonia synthesis, coal gasification, and fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC).

As a doctorate student at MIT, John-Paul's Ph.D. Advisor was Christopher C. Cummins and his Thesis Chairman was Richard R. Schrock. John-Paul conducted research in the synthesis, isolation, and characterization of unusually reactive transition metal complexes of unique design and construction; the activation of ubiquitous small molecules including dinitrogen; the assembly of novel functional groups containing both transition metals and main group elements; new methods for inorganic synthesis; and the development of new reagents (e.g., polymeric catalysts) for organic synthesis. Areas of significant contribution included the activation and study of small molecules (e.g., N2, NO, N2O, CO, CO2, and CS2) with organometallic compounds. Also while attending MIT, though independent from his doctorate research, John-Paul pursued entrepreneurial interests and started several technology companies in the fields of implantable medical devices and consumer products.

As an undergraduate student at UCLA, John-Paul conducted research in organometallic synthesis of new chemical precursors utilized in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes, as well as conducted thin film deposition research with CVD and electrochemical plating techniques. Also as an undergraduate student, John-Paul conducted research in forensic toxicology for the Scientific Services Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department – which led to several new evidentiary scientific standard protocols – one which was accepted by the court and successfully used in a highly publicized criminal case.

John-Paul has a portfolio of authored publications and presentations at professional conferences, as well as patented several independent inventions.

Publications and Presentations

Portability of the RNNMo(3+) Core: Application to the Synthesis of Dinitrogen-derived Trialkoxymolybdenum Organodiazenido Complexes
Cherry, J.P.F.; Diaconescu, P. and Cummins, C.C.; Can. J. Chem. 2005, 83(4), 302-307.

Transformations of MN groups based on V, Nb, Mo, or U 
Cummins, C.C.; Tsai, Y.C.; Diaconescu, P.L.; Cherry, J.P.F.; Figueroa, J.; Brask, J.; ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY.
222nd ACS National Meeting in Chicago, IL, August 26-30, 2001, (INOR-002).

Terminal Phosphide and Dinitrogen Molybdenum Compounds Obtained from Pnictide-Bridged Precursors
Cherry, J.P.F.; Stephens, F.; Johnson, M.J.A.; Diaconescu, P.L. and Cummins, C.C. Inorg. Chem. 2001, 40(27), 6860-6862 (Chemical structure and scheme featured as the front cover of journal issue).

Controlling the Functionality of Mo(III) with Di- and Tri-atomic Molecules by Varying Ligand Sterics
Cherry, J.P.F.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA - May 16, 2001
  • Naval Air Warfare Center - China Lake, CA - April 10, 2001

On the Origin of Selective Nitrous Oxide N-N Bond Cleavage by Three-Coordinate Molybdenum(III) Complexes
Cherry, J.P.F.; Johnson, A.R.; Baraldo, L.M.; Tsai, Y.C.; Cummins, C.C.; Kryatou, S.U.; Rybak-Akimoua, E.V.; Capps, K.B.; Hoff, C.D.; Haar, C.M.; Nolan, S.P. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 7271-7286.

Mechanism of Selective Nitrous Oxide N-N Bond by Three-Coordinate Molybdenum(III) Complexes: Experiment vs. Theory
220th ACS National Meeting in Washington D.C., August 24-28, 2000 (INORG 0514)

A Niobium Terminal Nitride Prepared by Reductive Cleavage of a Heterobimetallic Mo/Nb Dinitrogen Complex
Mindiola, D.M.; Meyer, K.; Cherry, J.P.F.; Baker, T.; Cummins, C.C. Organometallics 2000, 19, 1622-1624.

Redox-Cataylzed Binding of Dinitrogen by Molybdenum N-tert-Hydrocarbylanilide Complexes: Implications of Dinitrogen Functionalization and Reductive Cleavage
Peters, J.C.; Cherry, J.P.F.; Thomas, J.C.; Baraldo, L.M.; Mindiola, D.J.; Davis, W.M.; Cummins, C.C. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1999, 121, 10053-10066.

Reductive Trapping of Dinitrogen by Molybdenum tris-Anilide to form a Dinitrogen Anion and Chemistries Thereof
218: U881-U881 Part 1 AUG 22 1999.
218th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, LA, August 22-26, 1999 (INORG 0560)

On the Reduction of Nitrous Oxide and Related Small Molecules by Low Coordinate Metal Complexes 
Cummins, C.C.; Cherry, J.P.F.; Mindiola, D.M.; Nolan, S.; Haar, C.M.; Johnson, A.R.; Hoff, C.; Capps, K.B.; Akimova, E.R.; Kryatov, S.V. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 
218: 248-INORG, Part 1 AUG 22 1999.
218th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, LA, August 22-26, 1999 (INORG 0248)

Professional Affiliations

  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Chemical Society