John W. Powell

T: (617) 274-2876
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of New Hampshire (B.S.)


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John Powell of Verrill Dana is a tremendous value-add for AMSC. He has taken the time to get to know our company and to understand our business...


For more than 20 years, John has provided clients with IP counseling, patent strategy, opinions, due diligence, and hands-on patent prosecution. He has also advised clients on a broad range of commercial and intellectual property based transactions, including negotiating and drafting patent, software and technology license agreements, commercial and government contracts, development agreements, and non-disclosure agreements. His practice further includes advising clients on rights in patents, technical data, and software under government FAR/DFAR provisions and government contracts, including in SBIR contracts and CRADA’s.

Prior to reentering private practice, John served as VP, General Counsel and Secretary of American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC), a publicly traded global energy technologies company focused on the renewable energy and electric grid markets. He was responsible for AMSC’s legal and human resources functions. While at AMSC, John led a process of asserting the company’s intellectual property rights on an international basis for the theft of critical software by China’s Sinovel Wind Group Co. Ltd, who conspired with an ex-employee of AMSC. This process resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of the former employee. It also resulted in a collaboration with the US Department of Justice in obtaining a criminal conviction against Sinovel for stealing trade secrets and it culminated with Sinovel settling the dispute with AMSC for $57.5 million.

John was one of three industry leaders selected to participate as panelists in the Obama Administration’s February 2013 launch of its Strategy to Mitigate the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets. In March 2013, John provided testimony before the United States Sentencing Commission at public hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines regarding trade secret theft and economic espionage.

Prior to joining AMSC, John served in several IP positions of increasing responsibility at Raytheon and Motorola.

Outside of the office John enjoys skiing, golfing, spending time at the beach and traveling with his family. John also recently completed his first Pan Mass Challenge in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of New Hampshire (B.S.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office