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Background

John Adkisson is a principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson and is an elected member of the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Adkisson specializes in patent infringement litigation, with a special emphasis on pharmaceuticals, biosimilars, and medical devices. In his 20-plus years of practice, Mr. Adkisson has served as lead trial counsel in numerous patent infringement cases across the country. Over the past decade, Mr. Adkisson has focused his practice on high-stakes pharmaceutical cases, including representing clients in the rapidly-emerging field of biosimilar litigation. In addition to his work in district court, Mr. Adkisson has served as lead counsel in numerous post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Mr. Adkisson represents clients in a variety of technology areas, including molecular biology and polymer chemistry. In 2015, the National Law Journal profiled Mr. Adkisson’s longstanding successful work on behalf of 3M Company in an article linked here. In addition to his work in court, Mr. Adkisson also serves as the Managing Group Leader for the Firm’s 200-lawyer litigation group. For the last six years, Mr. Adkisson has been named as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, and in 2015-2017, 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, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Super Lawyer
Selected as a 2015, 2016 and 2017 Best Lawyer

Presentations

Speaker, January 2018 Fish & Richardson Webinar, “Biosimilars: A Year in Review” (with Tasha Francis and Jenny Shmuel)

Lecturer, 2017 Midwest IP Institute, “After TC Heartland: Venue Considerations for Practitioners.”

Speaker, Fish & Richardson Boston Seminar Series, August 9, 2017, “Biosimilars Litigation: A Midyear Review” (with Jenny Shmuel)

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)

 

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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“John Adkisson is very, very good. He’s unflappable in negotiations, he doesn’t bang his shoe on a podium, he comes across well and he’s persuasive to folks on the other side. He always takes a thoughtful approach, he’s not emotional, and he’ll say why if he disagrees.”

— Client testimonial, 2017 Chambers and Partners

“He’s tenacious and wonderful in the courtroom.”

— Market Commentator, 2017 Chambers and Partners

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Fish Litigation Blog
March 8, 2017
Minnesota Patent Litigation Wrap-Up – February 2017
Minnesota Patent Litigation Wrap-Up – February 2017
Authors: Conrad Gosen, John C. Adkisson
IP Litigation
Event
June 8th, 2016 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Post-Grant for Practitioners — Evidentiary Trends at the PTAB Part II: "Paper” Witness Testimony
Webinar: Post-Grant for Practitioners — Evidentiary Trends at the PTAB Part II:
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April 6, 2015
Principal John Adkisson Highlighted in National Law Journal's "Twin Cities Counsel to Counsel" Report
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January 18th, 2018 | 1:00 pm EST
Biosimilars - A Year In Review
Biosimilars - A Year In Review
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August 9th, 2017 | 12:00 pm EDT
Boston Seminar Series: Mid-Year Review of BPCIA Litigation
Boston Seminar Series: Mid-Year Review of BPCIA Litigation
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September 28th, 2017 | 9:00 am CDT
​2017 Midwest IP Institute: Important New Developments and Practical IP Education
​2017 Midwest IP Institute: Important New Developments and Practical IP Education
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News
June 13, 2017
PTAB Rules in Favor of Fish Client Coherus BioSciences in Two More IPR Decisions
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May 17, 2017
Fish Client Coherus BioSciences Prevails in ‘135 IPR Decision
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Event
May 23rd, 2017 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar: BPCIA Guidance from the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court
Webinar: BPCIA Guidance from the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court
Webinar
Fish Litigation Blog
February 7, 2017
Minnesota Patent Litigation Wrap-Up – January 2017
Minnesota Patent Litigation Wrap-Up – January 2017
Authors: Conrad Gosen, John C. Adkisson
IP Litigation
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June 24th, 2015 | 6:00 pm CDT
National Law Journal "Twin Cities Legal & Litigation Departments of the Year"
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September 18th, 2014
2014 Midwest IP Institute
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