Professor and Director Emeritus, Intellectual Property Program
BS, University of Illinois; MEd., University of Illinois; MS, University of Illinois; JD, Georgetown University
Professor and Director Emeritus, Intellectual Property Program, The Honorable JOHN F. WITHERSPOON was for many years the director of the law school’s Intellectual Property Law track, the oldest and largest of our specialty track programs. He joined the faculty as an adjunct in 1992. Professor Witherspoon also practiced patent law in his own firm in Washington, D.C. He previously served as an examiner-in-chief and member, Board of Appeals, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and clerked for the Honorable Giles S. Rich, U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit).