John Whetzel received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri, and MBA, summa cum laude, from the University of South Carolina. and J.D., summa cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law evening program, where he was valedictorian of his class and the recipient of the Daniel G. Sampson Scholarship Award. In law school, he served as a senior editor of the North Carolina Central Law Review and was a member of the NCCU Intellectual Property Society. Before joining Myers Bigel, John worked as a software engineer, including over 15 years at IBM, specializing in operating systems, firmware design and embedded systems engineering. John is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is a member of the North Carolina Bar. His practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the software, semiconductor and electrical arts. John has been included in The Best Lawyers in America®: Ones to Watch (2021).