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Jim V. John


Jim John is an associate at Ryan Whaley, PLLC, practicing in the areas of intellectual property litigation, patent drafting and prosecution, licensing, prior art searching, and patentability analysis. His work also extends to trademark and copyright counseling, acquisition, and enforcement. Jim’s areas of technical focus include life sciences, biotechnology, and medical devices. He is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Before joining Ryan Whaley, PLLC as an associate, Jim worked at a local boutique law firm specializing in intellectual property. He also held legal internships at the Office of Technology Development at the University of Oklahoma, and at other large and mid-size law firms in Oklahoma City.

During law school, Jim was selected for the Dean’s Honor Roll every semester and received AmJur awards in: Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Federal Courts, Property Law, Antitrust II, and Science and Law. He was also awarded the prestigious William T. and James T. Comfort Scholarship and was selected to be a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Jim also served as the Assistant Managing Editor of the University of Oklahoma’s law journal, Oklahoma Law Review.

Jim was born in Kerala, India, raised in Glenview, Illinois, and currently resides in Oklahoma City.


  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., with highest honors, May 2019
  • Knox College, B.A., Neuroscience and Economics


  • Distinguished Speaker Award in Moot Court Competition, University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Dean’s Honor Roll (every semester), University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • American Jurisprudence (AmJur) Awards:
    • Civil Procedure
    • Criminal Law
    • Federal Courts
    • Property Law
    • Antitrust II
    • Science and Law
  • Comfort Scholar (2L & 3L), University of Oklahoma College of Law
    • awarded to the 10 highest-ranked students in each second- and third-year OU Law class.
  • Order of the Coif, University of Oklahoma College of Law
    • recognizing the top 10% of OU Law’s graduating class
  • Second Century Scholar, University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Selected as a Member of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class XVII
  • 2022 NextGen Under 30 in Law Award recipient

Bar and Court Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Oklahoma State Bar


  • Assistant Managing Editor, Oklahoma Law Review
  • Member, Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi
  • Vice President, Intellectual Property Society, 2017 – 2019
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Business Law Society
  • Member, Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL Class XVII
  • Board Member, Grow OKC
  • Board Member, ARTini (2021-2024)
  • ReadOKC

Admitted to Practice in:

  • Oklahoma
  • U.S. Circuit Courts Of Appeals
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Colorado District Court
    • Oklahoma Eastern District Court
    • Oklahoma Northern District Court
    • Oklahoma Western District Court
    • Texas Southern District Court