John Nevin Shaffer, Jr. is a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Law
Specialist and licensed Patent Attorney practicing exclusively patent, trademark, copyright and
trade secret law.
Nevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970, and
a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City in 1976.
He received his Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University and was admitted to the Texas
and U.S. Patent Bars in 1980. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2002 and the Alabama bar
As a registered patent attorney, Nevin may practice patent law in all fifty states. Nevin is
licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Court of
Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Alabama, Texas and Florida Supreme Courts, and all lesser
Alabama, Texas and Florida courts.
Nevin is an Adjunct Professor at the University of West Florida teaching Intellectual
Property and business law classes. He has published articles and written a book on intellectual
property law titled Protect Your Great Ideas for Free! He regularly conducts lectures and
seminars on the subject at local universities, businesses and professional associations. Nevin
has prosecuted applications for a variety of electrical and mechanical devices, including
computer software applications, semi-conductor devices, and sophisticated measuring devices.
Although he no longer litigates, he has successfully litigated patent, trademark, and copyright
infringement actions, including presenting the winning oral argument at the Court of Appeals for
the Federal Circuit in a patent infringement case.
Nevin is a member of the Alabama, Texas and Florida Bar Associations and the
Escambia Santa Rosa County and Mobile Bar Associations. He is a past president of the
Austin Intellectual Property Law Association. Nevin spent six years in the Navy as an
engineering officer. His last sea duty was as engineering and executive officer of a patrol
gunboat in which his responsibilities included the maintenance and operation of its electrical
and mechanical equipment, including a J-79 jet engine. He retired as a Commander in the U.S.
Navy as a Judge Advocate General.
Nevin is married to Norma and they have two adult children, one granddaughter and one