top of page


IP Advanced® was founded to service those who are routinely ignored by traditional law firms: individual inventors and smaller businesses. Through IP Advanced, we offer clients a better way to work with attorneys: one that tracks results instead of every minute spent getting you there.

John Handy

Founder &
Managing Principal


John has over 15 years of patent litigation, prosecution, and counseling experience. He has litigated on behalf of both patent owners and accused infringers, and before launching IP Advanced®, was Senior Litigation Counsel at a leading patent monetization company. John also spent ten years as an intellectual property attorney at the international law firms of White & Case and Greenberg Traurig.

John’s legal expertise covers many aspects of patent law. As a patent litigator, he has considerable experience before federal courts and the International Trade Commission, representing Fortune 500 high-tech, financial, and healthcare companies in matters involving Internet and mobile applications, operating systems, network communication protocols, relational databases, e-commerce and SSL/TLS encryption, real-time multimedia streaming, personal navigation devices, and medical instruments. As a patent prosecutor, John has worked with inventors to procure patents in the fields of satellite technology and automated manufacturing processes. In addition, he has performed due diligence analyses of patent portfolios in advance of product launches and acquisitions to assess market exclusivity, freedom to operate, and patent validity.

John has a broad and diverse technical background. After earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, he studied computer science and worked for five years as a software application developer at high-tech startups. As a result, John is skilled at translating complex technical issues into concepts that are understandable and compelling to courts, and highly effective at strategizing and collaborating with inventors and technical experts.

John received his J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law, and his B.S. from Cornell University. While at Fordham, John served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Victor Marrero in the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable William J. Martini in the District of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

  • Defending mobile phone case manufacturer against patent infringement allegations in the Northern District of Indiana.

  • Representing consumer goods manufacturer asserting unfair competition and tortious interference with contract claims in the Western District of Texas.

  • Represented patent inventor and entrepreneur in the exercise equipment industry as plaintiff in multiple patent litigations in the Central District of California and the Western District of Missouri, securing favorable settlements. 

  • Represented leading patent monetization company as plaintiff in multiple patent litigations in the District of Delaware and the Southern District of California, involving subject matter such as media streaming mobile applications, GPS data messaging integration, real-time traffic monitoring applications, and data center cooling rack technology. Secured favorable settlements.

  • Defended Fortune 100 e-commerce company in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving network communication protocols and package delivery notifications.

  • Defended global consumer and industrial electronics company in multiple patent litigations in the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas, involving gesture recognition applications for mobile devices, network channel selection algorithms, and PC operating system functionalities.

  • Defended leading camera and printer manufacturer in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving web application servers.

  • Defended global commodity supplier in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving HTML to XML conversion methods.

  • Defended Fortune 100 computer, tablet, and mobile phone manufacturer in patent litigation in the Northern District of California involving real-time multimedia streaming.

  • Defended global producer of GPS navigational assistance products in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving personal navigation device technology.

  • Defended Fortune 100 high-tech provider of Internet-related services and products in multiple patent litigations in the District of Delaware, Western District of Washington, and Eastern District of Michigan, involving web search toolbars, data transfer technology, and Internet billing methods and applications.

Bars and Courts

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

New York Bar

New Jersey Bar

Massachusetts Bar

Virginia Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Southern District of New York

Eastern District of New York

District of New Jersey

Eastern District of Michigan

Eastern District of Texas


J.D., cum laude, Fordham University School of Law

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University

Press Releases

"IP Advanced LLC Helps Inventor and Entrepreneur Enforce Patent Rights" | PRWeb (July 30, 2020)

Select Publications

"An Inventor’s Guide to Enforcing Patents on a Budget" | IPWatchdog (Mar. 2020)

"Your financial products and services are still patentable (maybe) – tips for procurement" | Financier Worldwide (Sept. 2014)

Prior Associations

Senior Litigation Counsel, Blackbird Technologies

Intellectual Property Associate, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Intellectual Property Associate, White & Case LLP

Judicial Intern, Hon. Victor Marrero, Southern District of New York

Judicial Intern, Hon. William J. Martini, District of New Jersey

Internet Application Developer, Bullhorn, Inc.

Jimmy Zhou

Of Counsel

Jimmy is Of Counsel to IP Advanced. After working at a global law firm on high stakes matters for Fortune 500 companies and individual inventors alike, Jimmy started his own IP practice. By collaborating with IP Advanced, Jimmy enhances the firm’s technical proficiency and scope of services: Jimmy has a technical background in electrical and computer engineering, and a comprehensive range of legal specialties, including patent and trademark prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and general IP counseling.

Jimmy's legal experience encompasses various industries, ranging from telecommunications and data management to software and medical devices. He currently represents clients from around the world providing bespoke legal support and practical advice to protect, enforce, and defend valuable IP rights.

Jimmy earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review, and his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. Jimmy is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Bars and Courts

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

New York Bar

New Jersey Bar


J.D., Fordham University School of Law

  • Member, Fordham Law Review

B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University

Prior Associations

Intellectual Property Associate, Mayer Brown LLC

Jimmy Zhou headshot.png

Stephen Solanyk

Technical Advisor

solanyk photo2_edited.jpg

Stephen is a Technical Advisor for IP Advanced, providing patent and technology analysis in electrical engineering fields. He complements the diverse technical expertise of IP Advanced with over 19 years of experience in multiple engineering roles ranging from applications, systems, product, sustaining, validation, and technical marketing. Specialized skill and knowledge areas include new product development, project management, LED lighting, and power electronics.

After earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Stephen worked for multiple semiconductor companies such as Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor. At Texas Instruments, Stephen was involved with validation strategy development and execution, application and system design of switching-mode power supplies for LED lighting, technical marketing, and business development of LED drivers for the automotive and industrial markets.

Stephen currently runs his own consultancy called Koheryx Solutions, LLC, where he leverages his engineering and product development expertise to help clients architect and implement their visions for products and services.

Stephen received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. While at Cornell, Stephen designed and built an electronic throttle control for the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Program. Stephen has also taken graduate courses from the University of Colorado Boulder in the field of power electronics.


Stephen is not admitted to practice as an attorney.


B.S., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University

Prior Associations

Senior Systems Engineer, Texas Instruments

Senior Product Engineer, National Semiconductor

bottom of page