John Whetzel received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri, and his MBA, summa cum laude, from the University of South Carolina. John graduated summa cum laude from the Evening Program at the North Carolina Central University School of Law, 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.