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About John

John Lane is the managing principal of the Houston office of Fish & Richardson P.C. In his 19 years of practice, he has represented plaintiffs and defendants alike in scores of patent cases in U.S. district courts throughout the country. His clients range from innovative, emerging startup companies to the world’s largest technology companies.

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

John is a registered patent attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in addition to his patent litigation practice, represents clients in inter partes reviews (IPR), derivation proceedings, and reexaminations.

John has been listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s Patent 1000 rankings of the world’s leading patent lawyers every year since 2017, 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.”

In addition to his patent practice, John maintains an active pro bono practice. For over 10 years, he has been the lead counsel for Sherwood Brown, a man who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder and spent 22 years on Mississippi’s death row. At the time Mr. Brown was convicted in 1995, DNA testing was in its infancy and was not conducted. In 2012, John and his co-counsel filed a successful motion in the Mississippi Supreme Court to gain access to the evidence to allow for DNA testing. Two independent laboratories then tested the evidence, which showed that Mr. Brown’s DNA was not present at the crime scene. As a result, in 2018, John and his team secured a ruling from the en banc Mississippi Supreme Court vacating Mr. Brown’s convictions and death penalty sentence. Afterwards, the State announced that it intended to retry the case and seek the death penalty. But after three years of additional litigation, the State dismissed the case against Mr. Brown, resulting in his release in August 2021. Articles about John’s work on this case appear on Law360, the American Bar Association website, and 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.

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“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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Education

J.D., University of Texas Law School (2002) Member, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal


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


B.S., Biology, Auburn University (1989)

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

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August 25, 2021
Fish & Richardson Pro Bono Client Released from Prison After 22 Years on Mississippi Death Row
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July 7, 2021
Fish & Richardson Receives Top Rankings in 2021 Edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals
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August 12, 2020
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Litigation Practice; National Rankings in the Plaintiff Firm and Prosecution Firm Categories
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June 20, 2019
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
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June 14, 2018
Fish Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
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January 23, 2018
Fish Pro Bono Team Secures Ruling Vacating Client Conviction After 22 Years on Death Row
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July 24, 2017
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
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September 16, 2016
My Intellectual Property Licensor is Bankrupt – Now What?
Author: John R. Lane
IP Litigation
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March 3, 2015
The Patent Office’s SAWS Program – Retired
Author: John R. Lane
IP Litigation
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February 10, 2015
The Patent Office's SAWS Program
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