John F. Hayden leads Fish & Richardson's intellectual property practice and is an elected member of the firm’s management committee.

As Fish’s IP Practice Group leader, John leads the 250+ attorneys, technology specialists, and patent agents across the firm’s global patent prosecution, regulatory, and trademark and copyright practices. He strives to continually improve the group’s performance, processes, and procedures, with a constant focus on efficiently and cost-effectively producing outstanding results for clients.

John’s practice emphasizes client counseling, patent prosecution, and due diligence and freedom-to-operate analyses. His technical focus is with electrical, computer-related, and mechanical inventions, and he has represented clients ranging from emerging companies to members of the Fortune 100.

With more than 25 years’ experience, John works directly with his clients to develop and manage global patent portfolios that achieve their intellectual property and business goals effectively and cost efficiently. He has extensive experience with semiconductor devices and fabrication processes (with an emphasis on semiconductor display technologies), computer hardware and software, and electrical and power equipment. He has successfully prosecuted software patents in areas including speech recognition and processing, computer games, communications, simulations, and image processing. He is also experienced with technologies such as processor structures and architectures, communications techniques, Ethernet and industrial protocols, fault tolerant computing, networking switches and routers, electronics, power equipment, lighting equipment, detection and inspection systems, automotive systems and components, sensors, optics, toys and games, medical devices, and mechanical designs.

John has prior experience in microprocessor design and database programming and design.