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John Salazar currently serves as a member of Middleton Reutlinger’s management committee. He is a registered patent attorney and concentrates his legal practice in intellectual property, especially in patents, trademarks, copyrights and computer law. His practice includes portfolio management and strategic decision making for competitive benefit. He also spends significant time on advising his clients in prosecution matters, litigation and portfolio analytics.

Prior to entering law school, he worked several years for an international software and computer manufacturing corporation in product development, computer software engineering and hardware control. After law school, he was employed in the legal department of a multi-national corporation working with domestic and international patent prosecution and portfolio management. John is active in the AIPLA and regularly presents at various national seminars.

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Patent; Patent Law, since 2007
    • 2019 & 2020 Louisville Lawyer of the Year, Patent Law
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® in intellectual property, 2009 - 2020
  • Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in intellectual property in Kentucky, 2013 - 2018
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2015 - 2019
  • Benchmark Plaintiffsplaintiffs litigation star
  • Louisville Magazine’s Top Lawyers, in patent law and information technology law, Since 2012




Professional & Community Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association 


  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky


Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, J.D., 1994

University of Louisville Speed Scientific School, M.Eng., with Honors, Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science,1989

University of Louisville, Speed Scientific School, B.S.E., with Honors, 1988

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