Jonathon A. Talcott

Tel 602.798.5485
Fax 602.798.5595

Jonathon A. Talcott represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial disputes and transactions. He litigates and advises on business-related matters ranging from those involving intellectual property rights to franchises, and from startups to multinational corporations.

Jon’s patent litigation experience has spanned a broad range of technologies and industries such as software and hardware for the internet, financial transactions, business methods, semiconductor integrated circuits, wireless systems, networking, cybersecurity and data privacy, and medical systems.

Jon’s trademark practice includes advising on branding issues, securing trademark rights from the USPTO and other tribunals, and the defense and enforcement of trademark rights before federal district courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He also has extensive experience in the advisement and litigation of copyright issues. His clients in these areas of the law span businesses in the media, automotive, medical, sports, cosmetics, and electronic cigarette industries, among others. As a registered patent attorney, Jon regularly advises clients regarding patent and trademark prosecution and portfolio development.

Jon prides himself in serving the community through his pro bono practice. Recently, he participated in the American Bar Association's Clemency Project 2014, where President Obama granted his clemency petition on behalf of a pro bono client who was a low-level nonviolent drug offender. He has also represented a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant in a lengthy court battle against the sergeant's HOA. Jon persuaded the court to vacate a judgment entered against the sergeant while he was deployed overseas, and convinced the HOA to return wages garnished under the wrongfully entered judgment.

Prior to entering law school, Jon obtained a master's degree in electrical engineering and was a professional electrical engineer for a Fortune 500 aerospace and military defense company. As an engineer, he designed hardware and software circuitry, displays, and control panels for airplane cockpit and cabin entertainment electronics. He also served as a project engineer responsible for engineering teams' financial performance and obtaining FAA certification for those systems.

Professional Activities

Arizona Technology Council, Board of Directors

Phoenix Men's Arts Council

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Maricopa County Bar Association

IPO's Litigation Committee

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," – Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Intellectual Property (Phoenix), 2021

Named as "America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators" for Arizona, 2018

Named as a Southwest Super Lawyers "Rising Star," IP Litigation, Super Lawyers magazine, 2015-2018


"Protecting Trade Secrets: As the Phoenix Startup Scene Heats Up, How Do You Keep Your IP from Melting?" AZ Business, March-April issue 2017

Co-author, "How to Prove it to the PTAB," Managing Intellectual Property, January 26, 2016

Co-author, "Patent Trial & Appeal Board Finds Obscure Russian Doctoral Thesis Qualifies as Prior Art," Ballard Spahr alert, August 20, 2015

Co-author, "Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Applies Only to Hackers, Not Thieving Workers, 9th Circuit Rules," Ballard Spahr alert, April 13, 2012

"Civil Procedure: A Discussion of the Arizona Supreme Court's 2008-2009 Decisions," 42 Ariz. St. L.J. 583, 583-99, 2010

Co-author, “Compact Readout Electronics for Position Sensitive Photomultiplier Tubes,”52(1) IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 21-27 (2005)

Co-author, “Prototype Parallel Readout System for Position Sensitive PMT Based Gamma Ray Imaging Systems,” 3 2003 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record 1891-94 (2003)

Co-author, “Scintillation Crystal Design Features for a Miniature Gamma Ray Camera,” 3 2003 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record 1967-71 (2003)

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Successful Patent Litigation Strategies and Tactics in 2017 and Beyond," Webcast, The Knowledge Group, April 12, 2017

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (J.D. 2010, cum laude)
Pedrick Scholar

University of California, San Diego (M.S.E.E. 2003, electrical engineering)
Recipient, Powell Fellowship

University of Iowa (B.S. 2001, physics and astronomy, with highest distinction)
Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Recipient, Undergraduate Scholar Award


Minnesota (inactive)

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas