John V. Hobgood


Hobgood, John V.

John Hobgood focuses his practice on patent prosecution and client counseling in the fields of chemical engineering, electronics and medical devices. His practice includes strategic development, analysis and management of domestic and foreign patent portfolios, client counseling, and intellectual property due diligence for transactions and financings.

While in law school, Mr. Hobgood worked for Boston Scientific Inc., where he researched patents and applications, prepared IP landscape reports for new market opportunities and drafted assignment and licensing agreements.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hobgood was a process control engineer in the petrochemical industry. He designed and implemented plant control systems, including plant data historian and billing systems. In addition, he was a member of numerous manufacturing plant startup teams. He has also worked as an environmental engineer at a chemical plant, where he assisted with environmental government regulatory compliance, implemented cost reduction projects for hazardous waste disposal and assisted with completion of a plant Title V permit application.

As an undergraduate studying Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, Mr. Hobgood conducted research evaluating empirical modeling techniques for chemical processes.

Publications & News


June 13, 2017

What Reviving the TTIP Agreement Could Mean for the Future of Geographical Indications

BNA's Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal published an article written by Kirsten Donaldson and John Hobgood analyzing considerations for trademark and geographical indication owners to take into account should the Trump Administration re-engage in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement.

March 3, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: As Oil Prices Descend, Patent Enforcement Litigation Increases Within Energy Industry

The recent slump in oil prices has impacted oil and gas companies in a variety of ways, some to be expected, some less so. One unwelcome development is that while these companies have been implementing cost-savings and other measures to offset decreasing revenues, their expenditures on patent infringement litigation have been increasing.

August 31, 2015

The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup's IP

An article by Gary Schall and John Hobgood, posted on TechCrunch on August 31, 2015 and as a WilmerHale Launch blog post.

January 5, 2015

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel.

June 11, 2014

Attorneys and Staff Participate in Best Buddies Challenge

On May 31, a group of attorneys and staff from the Boston and Waltham offices took on the Best Buddies Challenge, biking distances of up to 100 miles from Boston to Hyannis Port on Cape Cod.

Speaking Engagements

Professional Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association


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JD, summa cum laude, Boston College Law School, 2005, Order of the Coif

BS, Chemical Engineering, with distinction, Purdue University, 1994

Bar Admissions


United States Patent and Trademark Office

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