John T. Johnson’s practice focuses on utility patent, design patent, trademark, and copyright litigation. For the past 20 years, he has been involved in over 100 intellectual property disputes in U.S. courts at the trial and appellate level and, more recently, in inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

John has tried patent cases before both judges and juries, as well as having argued Markman hearings in various U.S. 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.

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.

John 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 from 2006 to 2009. He currently is a member of the AIPLA’s amicus committee and was elected as an AIPLA fellow in 2015.


Embrava Pty Ltd v. Plenom A/S et al. S.D.N.Y.1:19-cv-11305-JGK – Represented plaintiff software copyright holder in an infringement and breach of contract action in U.S. District Court.  Asserted non-U.S. (Australian) unregistered copyrighted source code against Danish and U.S. subsidiary defendants pursuant to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

American Calcar, Inc. v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. (Eastern District of Texas, transferred to Southern District of California) – patent infringement action involving vehicle telematics.

American Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. v. Woodhouse and Tickner (Dist. of Columbia) and Woodhouse and Tickner v. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. et al. – (High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court, Royal Court of Justice) multi-national patent infringement actions involving engine lubrication systems.

Changzhou Kaidi Electrical Co., Ltd. et al. v. Okin America, Inc. et al. (D. Md.) – patent infringement and unfair competition action on linear actuators.

Clear With Computers, LLC v. Terex Corporation (E.D.Tex.) – patent infringement action.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation v. Cheng’s Enterprises, Inc. (C.D. Cal.) – copyright/trademark/trade dress action relating to footwear.

Deltrans v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. – (D. Del.) patent infringement action involving automatic transmissions.

Energy Intelligence Group, Inc. et al. v. Barclays Capital Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) – copyright infringement action.

Fulhorst v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc et al. – (D. of Del.) patent infringement action involving wireless alarms.

Gagan B Patnaik v. The Hearst Corp. et al. (C.D. Cal.) – copyright infringement action relating to a digital mailbox system.

Honeywell et al. v. Casio Computer Co., Ltd. and Casio Inc. et al. – (D. Del.) patent infringement action relating to LCD modules.

Imagineering v. Van Klassens, Inc. – (S.D.N.Y.) trade dress and design patent infringement action involving furniture.

In re Certain Foam Footwear, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-567 (2006) – ITC action involving patent/trade dress relating to footwear.

Joao Control and Monitoring Systems of California LLC v. ACTI Corporation Inc et al. (E.D.Tex. and C.D.Cal.) – patent infringement action related to control systems.

Kaneka Corporation v. Zhejiang Medicine Co., Ltd. et al. (C.D. Cal.) – patent infringement action related to a process for producing oxidized coenzyme Q10 (“CoQ10”).

L.& J.G. Stickley Furniture, Inc. v. Wood Classics, Inc. – (N.D.N.Y.) trade dress infringement action involving Mission style furniture.

Landscape Forms, Inc. v. Columbia Cascade Co. – (S.D.N.Y.) trade dress infringement action involving landscape furniture.

Levi Strauss & Co. v. Wicked Fashions Inc. – (N.D. of California) trademark infringement and dilution action.

Luv N’ Care, Ltd. et al. v. Regent Baby Products Corp. (S.D.N.Y.) – design patent, trade dress and unfair competition action relating to baby products. 

Margaritis v. Industrial Enterprises, Inc. – (M.D. of Florida) patent infringement action involving containment systems for bridges.

Michael “Wildstyle” Tracy v. Wicked Fashions, Inc. – (S.D.N.Y.) trademark infringement.

Oneida Ltd. v. Bon Chef, Inc. (N.D.N.Y.) – design patent and false advertising action concerning flatware.

Phoenix Licensing, L.L.C. et al. v. CenturyLink, Inc. (E.D. Tex.) – patent infringement action on patents related to marketing methods.

Rocawear Licensing LLC et al. v. Pacesetter Apparel Group et al (C.D. Cal.) – trademark infringement action on wearing apparel.

Ryobi Outdoor Products v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. – (Dist. of Arizona) patent infringement action involving four-cycle engines.

Solaia Technology LLC v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. et al. – (N.D. of Illinois) patent infringement action involving automated control systems.

Tough Traveler, Ltd. v. Outbound Products – (N.D.N.Y.) trade dress infringement action involving child and baby carriers.

Skee Ball, Inc. v. Full Circle United, LLC (E.D.N.Y.) – trademark and unfair competition action.

Transcend Technologies Group, Inc. v. Mass Group Marketing, Inc. et al. (E.D. Cal. ) – copyright infringement and breach of contract action concerning benefits administration software.

Turn-Key Tech. v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. – (S.D. of California) patent infringement action involving methods of injection molding.

U.S. Philips Corporation v. Iwasaki Co., Ltd. – (S.D.N.Y) patent infringement action on very high pressure mercury vapor discharge lamps

Varian Semiconductor Equipment Assoc., Inc. v. Nissin Ion Equipment Co., Ltd. – (W.D. Texas) patent infringement action on ion implanters for semiconductor processing.

Wicked Fashions, Inc. v. Sonal Sportswear, Inc. – (S.D.N.Y.) trademark infringement.

Professional associations

  • Co-Chair, IP Practice in Japan Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Inc.
  • New York State Bar Association IP Section
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • United States Bar Association/Japan Patent Office Liaison Council
  • Association International for the Protection of Intellectual Property