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John C. Adkisson



John Adkisson is a principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson, specializing in patent infringement litigation and trade secrets litigation.  Mr. Adkisson successfully represents Fortune 500 clients in patent jury trials and has successfully argued Markman hearings and dispositive motions for those clients.  Mr. Adkisson has represented clients in more than a dozen district courts in the U.S., as well as before the United States International Trade Commission.  Among Mr. Adkisson's clients is 3M Company, for whom Mr. Adkisson has successfully litigated more than 15 patent and trademark cases since 2001.  Mr. Adkisson served as trial counsel for Mayo Clinic in 2011, where he helped to obtain a jury verdict of willful trade secret misappropriation against a former Mayo researcher.  Mr. Adkisson was also recently profiled in IP Law 360 in an article linked here. Mr. Adkisson is a member of the firm's compensation committee and serves as a group leader in the Twin Cities office.


  • Minnesota 1996
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Memberships and Affiliations

Member of the American Bar Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association.

Other Distinctions

Selected as a 2012, 2013 and 2014 Super Lawyer.
Selected as a 2015 Best Lawyer in America.

Lecturer, 2014 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, “Post Grant Challenges at The PTO: Process and Strategy” (with Dorothy Whelan)

Panelist, Intellectual Property Owners Association IP Chat Channel, 2009, "Moving Away From The Billable Hour in Patent Litigation" (with Kevin Rhodes and Bill Lee).

Lecturer, 2004 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, "Properly Protecting The Privilege" (with Matt Samuel).

"If You Snooze, Do You Lose Your Right To Sue?" National Law Journal, October 19, 1998. (with Ronald J. Schutz).


  • BA, University of Nebraska 1993
    cum laude
  • JD, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1996
    cum laude
    Wisconsin Law Review