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John T. Johnson is a Principal in the New York office of Fish & Richardson. His practice focuses on utility patent, design patent, trademark, and copyright litigation. Mr. Johnson has tried patent cases before both judges and juries, as well as having argued Markman hearings in various district courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Southern District of New York, the Southern District of California, the District of Maryland, and the Western District of Texas.  For the past twenty years, he has been involved in over a hundred United States federal court IP disputes, at the trial and appellate level, and more recently in IPRs before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. ​​

He has represented clients in diverse industries, including automotive, banking, business methods, cellular standards, computer, electrical equipment, flatware, furniture, gaming, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, software, and telematics.  In addition, he has experience litigating patent and trademark disputes outside of the U.S., in both Europe and Asia.

Mr. Johnson also represents clients in connection with pre-litigation counseling, IP licensing and portfolio management, and strategic due diligence. He is an active participant in bar association activities and formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), from 2006-2009. He currently is a member of the AIPLA’s Amicus committee and was elected as an AIPLA Fellow in 2015. 


J.D., Union University, Albany Law School 1993
Managing Editor of Research and Writing, Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology
cum laude

B.S., Union College 1989
Mechanical Engineering


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • New York
  • California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

​Mr. Johnson is a frequent lecturer and author on intellectual property matters, and has taught classes in intellectual property law at Albany Law School of Union University. Memberships include: American Intellectual Property Law Association (Co-Chair, IP Practice in Japan Committee); New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Inc.; New York State Bar Association (Member, IP Section); The Federal Circuit Bar Association; United States Bar Association/Japan Patent Office Liaison Council; Association International for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

Other Distinctions


"Employers Beware: Employee-inventor Compensation Requirements in China, Japan, Korea, and Germany," Asian Briefings (A Supplement to the Association of Corporate Counsel Docket), November 2010.

"Japan Rethinks Whose Idea Is It Anyway?," Legal Times, April 4, 2005;

"Employee Inventor Litigation Hits Japan," New York Law Journal, January 24, 2005;

"Courtroom Technology in the United States," International Legal Strategy Magazine, December 2000;

"Communication by E-mail: Discovery and Privilege in U.S. Litigation," International Legal Strategy Magazine, November 1999; and

"The Crime-Fraud Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Immunity — An Important Discovery Tool in Patent Infringement Litigation," IP Worldwide, March/April 1998.


Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) Seminar, "Mock Markman Claim Construction Hearing," Tokyo, Japan, April 2002;

Lorman Education Services CLE Program, "Copyright Protection for Computer Software," Albany, New York, June 2001;

Tokyo High Court, IP Judges, "Courtroom Technology in the U.S.," Tokyo, Japan, April 2001;

Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) Bi-Annual Seminar, "Patent Litigation Practice," Washington, D.C., October 2000;

Diamond Corporation Legal Education Program, "Business Method Patent Infringement Litigation in the U.S.," Tokyo, Japan, June 2000;

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) Meeting, "The Attorney-Client Privilege/Work-Product Immunity and Japanese Patent Attorneys," Tokyo, Japan, May 1999;

Japanese Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) Seminar, "The Doctrine of Equivalents After Hilton-Davis," New York, New York, May 1998;

52nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, "Copyright Considerations for Medical Illustrators: Registration and Enforcement," Baltimore, Maryland, July 1997;

NYS Bar Association 119th Annual Meeting, "How to Protect Product Configuration Using Copyright," New York, New York, January 1996.


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