John M. Card, Ph.D.

3101 E Eisenhower Pkwy.

Office: 734-418-6334

Fax: 734-418-3320

Practice Areas



IP Portfolio Management



Technology Sectors

Automotive systems and components

Solar modules

Fuel cells and advanced batteries

Wind turbines

Adhesives and sealants

Combustion systems

Computer software architecture

Medical devices


Laser-based imaging instruments


Image processing systems

Chemical-detection systems

Composite materials


J.D. Vermont Law School (2000)

Ph.D. Engineering Physics, University of California, San Diego (1992)

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (1984)

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (1983)


State of Michigan

State of Massachusetts

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Intellectual Property Section of the Michigan Bar Association


Dr. John M. Card’s practice at Vivacqua Law focuses on patent preparation and prosecution in a variety of electrical, mechanical, and chemical arts.  His expertise also includes drafting and negotiating technology development and licensing agreements, providing non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate opinions, performing due diligence investigations, and managing intellectual property portfolios.

Before joining Vivacqua Law, Dr. Card was an Intellectual Property Attorney at General Motors Company, where he provided intellectual property legal support for the Research and Development Division of General Motors Company.  In particular, Dr. Card was involved with the development and growth of General Motor Company’s international patent portfolio, as well as drafting and negotiating university agreements, joint development agreements, and licensing agreements.

Also before joining Vivacqua Law, Dr. Card was an Attorney at a Chicago-based intellectual property law firm.

Dr. Card has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in such diverse technology fields as medical devices, chemical-detection systems, automotive engines and transmissions, industrial adhesives and sealants (coatings, packaging, and composite assembly), automotive polycarbonate glazing, navigation systems, wireless telecommunications, fuel cells and batteries, laser-based instruments and imaging systems, and scientific x-ray instruments and optics.

Before he became an intellectual property attorney, Dr. Card was a research scientist at Yale University.  Prior to joining Yale University, Dr. Card performed scientific research at the Combustion Research Facility of the Sandia National Laboratories, where he investigated high temperature chemically reacting flow systems.

Dr. Card also conducted scientific research on the burning of liquid fuel sprays in microgravity environments at the University of California, San Diego and at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Card is an author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and proceedings on theoretical and experimental studies on combustion systems.