Patterson Intellectual Property Law

Firm Update


Respected Patent Attorney Jerry Turner Sewell Joins Firm

The Firm is pleased to announce that Jerry Turner Sewell has joined Patterson Intellectual Property Law.  Mr. Sewell has more than thirty years of experience in intellectual property law.  His practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of patent applications, with a particular emphasis on electrical, electronic, software, internet, and data processing.  He was a partner for over 20 years at California-based Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, one of America’s largest Intellectual Property firms. Prior to that, Mr. Sewell was with Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles in New Orleans, specializing in civil litigation. Since 2005, he has been in solo practice in Franklin, Tennessee and in Newport Beach, California.

According to Mr. Sewell, “Over the last couple of years I have gotten to know several of the Patterson lawyers. I continue to be impressed with the depth of technical knowledge of the attorneys here and the variety of clients. I am excited to be a part of this growing firm.”

“We are pleased to have Jerry join Patterson Intellectual Property Law’s other seventeen attorneys ,’ stated Ed Lanquist, Managing Shareholder. “Given the demand for patent lawyers who can assist companies in the fields of electronics and software, finding someone with Jerry’s depth of experience in patent law and leading edge technologies is outstanding. His addition to our other lawyers is significant. Even more, Jerry has a real interest in assisting us in training our younger attorneys to provide the best service possible to our clients.”

Mr. Sewell earned his J.D. at the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1980.  He is a 1971 graduate of the University of Missouri, Rolla, with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, State Bar of California, and Louisiana State Bar Association.  He is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Before his legal career, Mr. Sewell spent nine years as senior design engineer for Control Data Corporation in Bloomington, Minnesota, designing and testing processors, memories, peripheral devices and systems for such companies as Lockheed and General Dynamics.

A registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Louisiana, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Louisiana Engineering Society.

Mr. Sewell is Past President of the Newport Beach/Irvine CA Rotary Club; current member of the Franklin Breakfast Rotary Club and a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church Nashville.