Jon Self brings a lifelong enthusiasm for science and foreign language to bear in his law practice, where he focuses on patent litigation, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trials, and strategic counseling in the fields of biologics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, medical devices, nanotechnology, and clean energy. Jon’s litigation interests extend from patent and trade secret matters in federal court to administrative trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the International Trade Commission (ITC). His experience encompasses all facets of Japanese-language e-discovery, and he particularly relishes putting his knowledge of foreign languages (Japanese and German) to work for clients at all stages of litigation. Equipped with extensive scientific training and years of writing for and teaching a variety of audiences, he manages projects ranging from writing for outside publications to development of pretrial materials, such as technology tutorials and dossiers of potential expert witnesses in the biomedical sciences.  He has served as a Japanese legal consultant on large-scale litigations, as well as advising on biomedical issues in a variety of pharmaceutical litigation matters. Jon has extensive experience shepherding patent applications through U.S. prosecution as well, having spent several years primarily representing Japanese clients seeking U.S. patents in the life sciences fields.

Prior to becoming an IP attorney, Jon earned a doctorate in cell and molecular biology, with an emphasis on pharmacological sciences. His original work on interaction-mapping an atypical protein kinase (often the proteins that turn other proteins on or off) laid the foundation for a number of scientific publications, including one in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where he appears as a coauthor.

Jon maintains a vigorous pro bono practice and has advocated for clients in civil matters before the D.C. Superior Court, as well as representing political asylum seekers in the immigration system. He has also represented indigent clients in family court in conjunction with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas. Due to the extent of his pro bono efforts, Jon appears on the D.C. Bar’s Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, and he has been accorded membership in the Pro Bono College of the Texas Bar.

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  • Professional Experience

    • Christensen O'Connor Johnson KindnessPLLC
      Seattle, WA, 2019 - present
    • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
      Washington, D.C., 2016 – 2019
    • Williams & Connolly LLP
      Washington, D.C., 2014 - 2016
    • Wenderoth, Lind, & Ponack, LLP
      Washington, D.C., 2009 - 2012
  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • D.C. Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section
    • Pro Bono College of the Texas Bar
    • State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Law Section; LGBT Law Section
  • Presentations & Publications

    Scientific Publications

    • “Protein Kinase WNK3 Regulates the Neuronal Splicing Factor Fox-1,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 109, Issue 42, 2012, pp. 16841–16846, Lee, A-Y., Chen, W., Stippec, S., Self, J.T., Yang, F., Ding, X., Chen, S., Juang, Y-C., and Cobba, M.H.
    • “Amino Acids: Metabolism and Functions,” Encyclopedia of Animal Science, Second Edition, Vol. 1, 2010, pp. 21-26, Wu, G., and Self, J.T.
    • “Proteins,” Encyclopedia of Animal Science, Second Edition, Vol. 2, 2010, pp. 926-931, Wu, G., and Self, J.T.
    • “Glutamine Synthesis in the Developing Porcine Placenta,” Biology of Reproduction, Vol. 70, 2004, pp. 1444-1451, Self, J.T., Spencer, T.E., Johnson, G.A., Hu, J., Bazer, F.W., and Wu, G.
    • “Dietary L-Arginine Supplementation Enhances Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthesis in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats,” Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 134, Issue 3, 2004, pp. 600-608, Kohli, R., Meininger, C.J., Haynes, T.E., Yan, W., Self, J.T., and Wu, G.


    • Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2009
    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2001
    • LL.M., International Law, University of Nottingham, Great Britain, 2001
    • Japanese Studies Program, Nanzan University, Japan, 2000
    • M.A., Foreign Language Education (Japanese), The University of Texas Graduate School, 1997
    • B.A., summa cum laude, Chemistry, Ouachita Baptist University, 1994
    • European Studies Program, Salzburg College, Austria, 1993
    • Japanese Studies Program, Seinan Gakuin University, Japan, 1992

Bar & Court Admissions

    • District of Columbia Bar
    • State Bar of Texas
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office
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