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Background

John Lane is the Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Houston office. In his over sixteen years of practice, he has represented plaintiffs and defendants alike in scores of patent cases in courts throughout the country. His clients range from innovative, emerging start-up companies to the world’s largest technology companies.

John’s particular expertise is in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, oil and gas technologies and polymers, but he has also represented many clients in many other technology areas, such as consumer electronics, computer telephony, memory cards and industrial equipment.

John is a registered attorney in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and in addition to his patent litigation practice, represents clients in inter partes reviews, derivation proceedings, and reexaminations.

John was listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s Patent 1000 rankings of the world’s leading patent lawyers in 2017, 2018 and in 2019, which notes he “is competitive by nature and has a desire to win that pushes him through tough challenges; however, he is far from obstinate and works well with others to get the best results”; and that he is a “master of contentious matters; he has tried cases in myriad technology sectors; including dozens of pharmaceutical cases; and also has a spotless reputation in inter partes reviews.”

Aside from his patent practice, John is lead counsel for Sherwood Brown, who he has represented pro bono for over ten years. In early 2018, the Mississippi State Supreme Court, sitting en banc, vacated Mr. Brown’s murder convictions and death sentence. An article about that case appears on Lawdragon.

John earned undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and biology at Auburn University. He attended Auburn on a swimming scholarship on Auburn’s highly-ranked NCAA swim team. Before attending law school, he was a chemical engineer at Fluor, one of the world’s largest engineering companies.

Education

University of Texas Law School 2002
J.D.
Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal


Auburn University 1994
Chemical Engineering, B.S.
cum laude


Auburn University 1989
Biology, B.S.

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2001
  • Texas 2007
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Other Distinctions

​Publications

My Intellectual Property Licensor is Bankrupt – Now What?​Fish Litigation Blog, September 2016.

“John Lane makes for an excellent lead litigator. Lane stands out in the Texas market for his fluency in life sciences.”

— 2019 IAM Patent 1000

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