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John’s problem solving abilities and focus on his clients’ concerns make him a trusted partner for many of his clients. Although he has extensive experience in intellectual property, contracts, business counselling and technology law, John also does not hesitate to find other resources if a client’s concerns are outside of these areas.



  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
  • Bowdoin College, A.B. Mathematics and Government, magna cum laude


Bar Memberships & Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts


Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Business
  • Cannabis Advisory Practice
  • Cyberliability & Data Security
  • COVID-19 Advisory Group



  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America as an expert in copyright and trademark law (2018-2022)
  • AV® Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges
  • Recognized as a leading intellectual property and corporate attorney since 2008 by
    Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Rhode Island Super Lawyers (2011-2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal in Data & Information Technology 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal in Telecommunications, Media & Technology 2015



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John E. Ottaviani - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Patent Law - Rhode Island

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