John H. Hornickel

John H. Hornickel

Title: Adjunct Professor
Phone: (440) 930-3317


John H. Hornickel is the Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property, of PolyOne Corporation (

Previously, he held IP counsel positions with Bridgestone/Firestone (Chief, 1999-2002), 3M (Senior, 1989-1999), Figgie International (Corporate, 1981-1989), and Oldham, Oldham, Hudak, and Weber (1978-1981).  He graduated from Davidson (1975, B.S., cum laude and Special Attainments in Chemistry) and Wake Forest (1978, J.D., cum laude).  He is an attorney in Ohio, Virginia, (Inactive) and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

He is now, or has been, active with, among others, the

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, (Treasurer, Board Member, Committee Chair, Seminar Program Chair, WIPO Delegate, Speaker, and Member) (1994 – Present) - Treasurer and Board Member for 2013-2014; 2014-2015; 2015-2016 years.
  • Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (Board Member, Speaker, and Member) (1999 – Present)
  • European Patent Office - USA Patent Bar Liaison Council  (Member, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chair) (1994 – Present) - Chair for 2013-2015 years.
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (Board Member and Speaker) (1999 – 2002)
  • Patent Strategy & Management newsletter (Author) (1999 – 2009)
  • University of Akron School of Law (I.P Advisory Council (2000-2006 as Vice Chair and 2013 to present as member)) and (Adjunct Professor teaching International Patent Law and Practice) (2006 – Present)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (Speaker in Israel, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, and USA)  (1999 – 2005)