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John T. M. DiMaio Ph.D.

Senior Associate

John is an attorney in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice, where he focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. His areas of focus include organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, peptide chemistry, peptidomimetics, small molecule synthesis, self-assembling systems, hydrogels, pharmaceuticals (including small molecules, biologics, and delivery methods), chemical processes, and analytical methods.

Prior to law school, John did his doctoral work at the University of Rochester. His dissertation focused on synthesis and characterization of small molecules, peptides and bio functional supramolecular compounds. He is an author on several peer-reviewed publications and presented his research at several national conferences.

John graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law. While there, he was a member of the Buffalo Law Review and Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal.


Alfred University, A.C.S. Certified B.A., Chemistry, cum laude 

University of Rochester, M.S., Chemistry

University of Rochester, Ph.D., Chemistry

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., cum laude


  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Intellectual Property) 2023
  • American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law, 2017
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University at Buffalo School of Law Merit Scholarship
  • CALI Award, Introduction to Patent Practice
  • American Peptide Symposium Travel Award, 2011 and 2013
  • Moses Passer Memorial Fellowship
  • Weissberger Memorial Fellowship
  • W.D. Walters Teaching Award
  • Corning Section ACS Outstanding Student Award
  • Former publications editor, Buffalo Law Review
  • Former editor, Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal

News & Insights

  • Press Release
  • Org. & Biomol. Chem. 2017, 15, 5279-5283
    Display of functional proteins on supramolecular peptide nanofibrils using a split-protein strategy
  • Biomacromolecules, 18, 3591–3599, 2017
    Modulating Supramolecular Peptide Hydrogel Viscoelasticity Using Biomolecular Recognition
  • Brain Res. 2015, 1634, 119–131
    Mechanisms of Tau and Aβ-induced Excitotoxicity
  • Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2013, 23, 5199–5202
    Fluorescence detection of cationic amyloid fibrils in human semen
  • J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 5556–5559
    Coassembly of Enantiomeric Amphipathic Peptides into Amyloid-Inspired Rippled β Sheet Fibrils
  • J. Biol. Chem. 2012, 287, 11842–11849
    Seminal plasma accelerates SEVI fibril formation by the PAP[248–286] peptide
  • Biophys.  J. 2011, 100, 1325–1334
    Enhancement of HIV-1 Infectivity by Simple, Self-Assembling Modular Peptides


Former Member, Board of Directors: Friends of Reinstein Woods


  • American Chemical Society

Multimedia & Podcasts

  • Changes to Filing US Patent Applications: The USPTO’s DOCX Program

    The process to file US patent applications online has been almost the same for the past 10-15 years. That filing process finally changed in January 2024 when the USPTO started requiring new U.S. nonprovisional patent applications be uploaded as DOCX files to avoid a surcharge. The DOCX requirement, which was postponed repeatedly, caused an uproar in certain corners of the U.S. IP world. But what does the DOCX requirement cover and what will the impact be? Nathaniel and Elizabeth are joined by John DiMaio, a patent attorney at Hodgson Russ, to figure out if this new requirement harms applicant rights or if the risks are exaggerated.

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