Jeffrey L. Ihnen – Of Counsel

Arlington, VA—Prominently featured in The Inner Circle, Jeffrey L. Ihnen is acknowledged as a Pinnacle Life Achiever for his contributions to the field of Law.

Mr. Ihnen earned a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in Chemistry and Mathematics in 1973 from Wartburg College. He then earned a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1976 and decided against pursuing a doctorate. He took the advice of his then-girlfriend’s father, a patent attorney, who counseled him to leverage his scientific knowledge and follow a similar career path. Mr. Ihnen concluded his edification earning a Juris Doctor degree with an emphasis in Intellectual Property Law from the George Washington University Law School in 1980. He subsequently earned admission to practice law before the District of Columbia Bar and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Ihnen has earned distinction for his work of counsel on behalf of Jondle & Associates PC, a legal firm specializing in intellectual property law as it relates to patents, trademarks, licensing, contracts, infringement, trade secrets and dispute resolution, and more. He has worked for more than 40 years in the field and has had a particular focus on U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution in the fields of biology, biotechnology, biomedicine and proprietary chemicals, pharmaceuticals and plants. According to Mr. Ihnen, he provides consultations to clients regarding the development and implementation of patent strategies, research and development, and market clearance for products, among other areas of concern.

Prior to joining Jondle & Associates as Of Counsel and entering semi-retirement, Mr. Ihnen served first as Of Counsel from 1997 until 2003 and subsequently as a Member at Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck PC from 2003 until 2021. Throughout this period, he performed several technology audits and due diligence analysis, and accrued a wealth of experience in preparing infringement and “freedom to operate” opinions. Mr. Ihnen is most proud to have written and prosecuted patent applications for high-profile genes, including the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes.

Mr. Ihnen largely credits his success to his propensity for hard work, as well as his ability to focus on the task at hand. He aspires to continue enjoying the reduced workload that semi-retirement affords and focus more of his efforts on civic service, such as with the Boy Scouts of America.

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