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John P. Zimmer Ph.D.

John P. Zimmer Ph.D.

Partner, Intellectual Property Leader

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John Zimmer focuses his practice on various patent-related matters including patent prosecution and counseling in the chemical and materials science areas. He also has experience in medical imaging and semiconductor device design and fabrication. Dr. Zimmer has advised clients in the fields of chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, biotechnology, bioengineering, medical imaging, medical devices, solar energy, telecommunications, and mechanical engineering.

Dr. Zimmer holds seven patents related to colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals and has co-authored 13 papers appearing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine and Angewandte Chemie International Edition. In addition, Dr. Zimmer has authored three papers published by the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal and the South Carolina Law Review.

In 2011, Dr. Zimmer was recognized as an Emerging Legal Leader by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. In 2012, he received the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from the Council for Children's Rights in Charlotte for his work representing children in high conflict custody cases.  And, in 2013, Dr. Zimmer received the Mecklenburg County Bar Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Individual Attorney. Dr. Zimmer was also included in the inaugural class of the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society in 2016.

In addition, Dr. Zimmer was selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition each year from 2014 to 2018, a distinction reserved for the top 2.5% of North Carolina lawyers who are under 40 or in practice for 10 years or less.

In 2015, Dr. Zimmer was selected by the Charlotte Business Journal as a "40 under 40" award winner.

Dr. Zimmer is also listed, for 2018, in The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Patent Law.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • NC Pro Bono Honor Society, inaugural class (2016)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Intellectual Property (2014-2018)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Patent Law (2018)
  • Charlotte Business Journal  "40 under 40" (2015)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Individual Attorney (2013)
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from the Council for Children's Rights in Charlotte (2012)
  • Emerging Legal Leader, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly (2011)
Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • Co-Author, "Discussing Patents and Published Patent Applications in the World Wide Web 2.0," Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 25, January 2013
  • "5 Tips for Academic Researchers for Patenting Inventions," SML Perspectives, Volume Two, 2011
  • Co-Author, "Nanotechnology Patents - An Evolving Landscape," SML Perspectives, Volume Two, 2011
  • "Common Obstacles to the Successful Commercialization of Research," SML Perspectives, Volume Two, 2011
  • Co-Author, "Peer Review as an Aid to Article Selection in Student-Edited Legal Journals," 60 S.C.L. Rev. 959 (2009)
  • Co-Author, "Incorporation of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and Quantum Dots Into Silica Microspheres," ACS Nano 2008, 2, 197-202
  • "To Infinity and Beyond: The Problem of Open-Ended Product Claim Language in the Unpredictable Arts," 59 S.C. L. Rev. 865 (2008)
  • Co-Author, "Compact Cysteine-Coated CdSe(ZnCdS) QDs for In Vivo Applications," Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2007, 129, 14530
  • Co-Author, "Renal Clearance of Nanoparticles," Nature Biotechnology 2007, 25, 1165-1170
  • Co-Author, "Extracting the Number of Quantum Dots in a Microenvironment from Ensemble Fluorescence Intensity Fluctuations," Physical Review B 2007, 75, 045311
  • Co-Author, "A Ratiometric CdSe/ZnS Nanocrystal pH Sensor," Journal of the American Chemical Society 2006, 128, 13320-13321
  • Co-Author, "Synthesis of CdSe/CdTe Nanobarbells," Journal of the American Chemical Society 2006, 128, 12590-12591
  • Co-Author, "Color-Saturated Green-Emitting QD-LEDs," Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2006, 45, 5796-5799
  • Co-Author, "Degradation of Fibrillar Collagen in a Human Melanoma Xenograft Improves the Efficacy of an Oncolytic Herpes Simplex Virus Vector," Cancer Research 2006, 66, 2509-2513
  • Co-Author, "Size Series of Small Indium Arsenide-Zinc Selenide Core-Shell Nanocrystals and Their Application to In Vivo Imaging," Journal of the American Chemical Society 2006, 128, 2526-2527
  • Co-Author, "Engineering InAsxP1-x/InP/ZnSe III-V Alloyed Core/Shell Quantum Dots for the Near-Infrared," Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2005, 127, 10526-10532
  • Co-Author, "Quantum Dots Spectrally Distinguish Multiples Species Within the Tumor Milieu In Vivo," Nature Medicine 2005, 11, 678-682 (cover)
  • Co-Author, "Incorporation of Luminescent Nanocrystals Into Monodisperse Core-Shell Silica Microspheres," Advanced Materials, 2004, 16, 2092-2097
  • Co-Author, "Blue Luminescence from (CdS)ZnS Core-Shell Nanocrystals," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2004, 43, 2154-2158
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, 2006
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2009
  • Washington & Lee University, B.S., Chemistry, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2000
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2009
  • North Carolina, 2009

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