John Molenda is an associate in the New York office of Frommer Lawrence and Haug LLP.

Dr. Molenda concentrates his practice in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech patent litigation, as well as in the emerging field of nanotechnology. His litigation experience has involved a wide range of technologies, including drug development (pharmaceutical compositions, high-throughout screening, and cell-based assays), genetic engineering (transgenic plants), biochemistry (PCR), chemical compositions (petroleum extraction compositions and battery cells), and material science (plastic films).

Dr. Molenda is currently a Co-Vice-Chair of the Patent Litigation Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Alan D. Lourie, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Dr. Molenda obtained B.S. degrees in Chemistry and History from Vanderbilt University, graduating cum laude, with Honors in the College of Arts and Science. He remained at Vanderbilt and earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry, focusing on pharmaceutical design and evaluation. His graduate work led to seven publications, six of which were peer-reviewed. Following graduate school Dr. Molenda conducted post-doctoral research in DNA topology at New York University. He then pursued his legal education at the University of Michigan Law School.

Dr. Molenda has given several talks on recent developments in patent law, including the impact of patent law on nanotechnology inventions:

  • New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, Third Annual Conference (Patent Law Update), Sept. 2005 (East Whippany, NJ)
  • AIPLA Spring Meeting (Nanotechnology Panel), May 2004 (Dallas, Texas).
  • Nano-Biotech Patenting, EuroLegal, Oct. 2003 (London, England).
  • The Legal and Business Forum on Nanotechnology, American Conference Institute, June 2003 (Boston, MA).
The following are his legal publications:
  • John J. Molenda, Strategic Approaches to the Doctrine of Claim Differentiation: A Guide for Patentees and Accused Infringers, IP LITIGATOR (accepted for publication).
  • John Josef Molenda, Understanding the Federal Circuit's Internal Debate and Its Decision to Rehear Phillips v. AWH Corp. En Banc, 86 J. PAT. & TRADEMARK OFF. SOC'Y 911 (2004).
  • John Josef Molenda, The Importance of Defining Novel Terms in Patenting Nanotechnology Inventions, 1.2 NANOTECH. L. & BUS. 174 (2004)
  • John J. Molenda et al., Court Is Taking a Dim View of Best-Mode Defense: Federal Circuit Rulings Have Converted Analysis into Narrow, Quasi-Legal Inquiry, NAT'L L.J., Nov. 11, 2002.


Bar Admission

New York (1999)
United States Patent and
Trademark Office


Vanderbilt University
(B.S. Chemistry and History, 1991)
Vanderbilt University
(M.S. and Ph.D., Chemistry, 1994)
New York University
(Post-doctoral research, 1994-1995)
University of Michigan
(J.D., 1998)
Law Clerk, Honorable Judge
Alan D. Lourie, U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Federal Circuit Bar Association
American Intellectual Property
Law Association
New York Intellectual Property
Law Association
New Jersey Intellectual Property
Law Association
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association

Primary Office

745 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10151
Telephone: (212) 588-0800
Fax: (212) 588-0500

Copyright 2005 Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP. All Rights Reserved.
Click here to view Web Site Disclaimer.