John E. Conour

, Ph.D.


John E. Conour is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. Dr. Conour has more than a decade of experience in all aspects of patent prosecution, litigation, and counseling. He represents a variety of clients, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies both large and small, start-ups, individual inventors, and universities. He currently concentrates his practice on providing strategic IP assessments and counseling, procuring biotechnology and pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device patents, ANDA litigation, and preparing invalidity, patentability, and non-infringement opinions. His technical expertise includes molecular and cellular biology, immunology, biochemistry, biosensor design, bioinformatics, microbiology, animal models, microfluidics, histochemistry, immunochemistry, flow cytometry, cell culture, and surface chemistries.

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

    Molecular and Cellular Biology; U.S.D.A. National Needs Predoctoral Fellow in Functional Genomics; Member, Phi Kappa Phi; Member, Gamma Sigma Delta

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

    Molecular and Integrative Physiology; DeBoer Undergraduate Research Award in Microbiology

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


  • Developing and managing antibody patent portfolios for one of the world’s largest multinational pharmaceutical companies.
  • Developing and managing global patent portfolios for an industry-leading producer of flavors, fragrances, nutriceuticals, pest repellents, and pesticides.
  • Overseeing, developing, and managing global patent portfolios for Research Institutions in the areas of tissue engineering, stem cells, diagnostics, metabolomics, cancer, autism, biosensors, and women’s health.
  • Authoring opinions related to infringement, non-infringement, and invalidity.
  • Representing start-ups in the areas of neuroscience, schizophrenia, cancer, pharmaceutical design, immunology, drug repurposing, and medical devices in all areas of IP.
  • Examples of other patent experience include design patents, air fresheners, packaging, formulations, candles, active and passive emanators, formulations, small molecules, aquaculture, printing, and cleaning supplies.

Published Articles

Co-author. Engineering Redox-Sensitive Linkers for Genetically Encoded FRET-Based Biosensors. Exp Biol Med (Maywood) 2008; 233(2):238-248.

Co-author. Regiospecific control of protein expression in cells cultured on two-component counter gradients of extracellular matrix proteins. Langmuir 2005; 21:3061-3068.

J. E. Conour, et al. A combined in vitro/bioinformatic investigation of redox regulatory mechanisms governing cell cycle progression. Physiol Genomics 2004; 18:196-205.

J. E. Conour, et al. Acidomucin goblet cell expansion induced by parenteral nutrition in the small intestine of piglets. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 2002; 283:1185-1196.