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John C. (Jace) Holman

Jace Holman began his career in the Patent and Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner. He spent four years examining chemical and metallurgical methods, composition of matter and apparatuses. He then spent a number of years in London, England as an American intellectual property expert with one of the world's largest intellectual property firms. During his time in London, he traveled extensively on the continent and elsewhere acting as a liaison between international practice and U.S. practice. Mr. Holman also attended Holborn College of Law in Intellectual Property and received a certificate from the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents. Upon returning to Washington, he formed his own practice, which later merged with the Firm. For decades, he represented the National Institute of Health, and for many years managed the foreign patent filing of the NIH cases via the National Technical Information Service. Regarding trademarks. he represented Gucci and Fidelity Investments for decades. Jace Holman has prepared, filed and prosecuted literally thousands of patent and trademark applications and their equivalents in the United States and throughout the world using all of the bilateral and multilateral treaties, including the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the European Community Trademark. He has spent a significant portion of his intellectual property career advising individual clients, government clients, and small-to-large sized corporate clients, including start ups, in all phases of intellectual property, including technology transfer, licensing, trademarks and conflict settlement.

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.



Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Undergraduate Education

  • University of Wisconsin B.S., Met.E.

Postgraduate Education

  • Washington College of Law
    The American University, J.D.
    Staff Editor, American University Law Review

Admitted to Bar for

  • District of Columbia
  • Registered to practice as a patent attorney before the Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Patent and Trademark Institute of Canada
  • The Institute of Trade Mark Agents (ITMA) (England)
  • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI)
  • Inter-American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI)
  • Federation Internationale Des Conseils on Propriete Industrielle (FICPI)
  • Marques