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Background

John Adkisson is a principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson, specializing in patent infringement litigation, pharmaceutical litigation and trade secrets litigation.  Mr. Adkisson represents Fortune 500 clients in patent jury trials, and Mr. Adkisson has served as trial counsel in numerous patent infringement cases across the country.  In addition to his work in district court, Mr. Adkisson has also argued numerous post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  Mr. Adkisson represents clients in a variety of technology areas, including molecular biology, polymer chemistry and retroreflective optics.  Among Mr. Adkisson’s clients is 3M Company, which Mr. Adkisson has represented in more than 20 patent and trademark cases since 2001.  In 2015, the National Law Journal profiled Mr. Adkisson’s longstanding successful work for 3M in an article linked here​.  Mr. Adkisson also serves as the Hiring Principal for Fish’s Twin Cities Office.  For the past three years, Mr. Adkisson has been named as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, and in 2015 and 2016, he was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®.  ​

Education

J.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison 1996
​​Wisconsin Law Review​​
cum​ laude


B.A., University of Nebraska 1993
​cum laude

Admissions

  • Minnesota 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Memberships & Affiliations

​Member of the American Bar Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Other Distinctions

Selected as a 2013, 2014 and 2015 Super Lawyer
Selected as a 2015 and 2016 Best Lawyer

Presentations

Lecturer, 2016 AIPLA Spring Meeting, “U.S. Patent Litigation Five Years After The America Invents Act”

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).

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

Experience

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