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About John

John T. Johnson is a principal in the New York and Southern California offices of Fish & Richardson P.C. 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 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.  For the past twenty years, he has been involved in over a hundred IP disputes in U.S. courts 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.

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.

Publications

  • “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 2005)
  • “Employee Inventor Litigation Hits Japan,” New York Law Journal (January 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)
  • “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)

Speaking Engagements

  • “The “Halo Swing—The Law of Willful Infringement Changes Again,” American Intellectual Property Law Association (October 2016)
  • “The UPC in the European Patent Litigation Landscape,” American Intellectual Property Law Association (October 2014)
  • “Mock Markman Claim Construction Hearing,” Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) Seminar (April 2002)
  • “Copyright Protection for Computer Software,” Lorman Education Services CLE Program (June 2001)
  • “Courtroom Technology in the U.S.,” Tokyo High Court, IP Judges (April 2001)
  • “Patent Litigation Practice,” Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) Bi-Annual Seminar (October 2000)
  • “Business Method Patent Infringement Litigation in the U.S.,” Diamond Corporation Legal Education Program (June 2000)
  • “The Attorney-Client Privilege/Work-Product Immunity and Japanese Patent Attorneys,” Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) Meeting (May 1999)
  • “The Doctrine of Equivalents After Hilton-Davis,” Japanese Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) Seminar (May 1998)
  • “Copyright Considerations for Medical Illustrators: Registration and Enforcement,” 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators (July 1997)
  • “How to Protect Product Configuration Using Copyright,” NYS Bar Association 119th Annual Meeting (January 1996)

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 United States District Court.  Asserted non-United States (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.

  • Selected by Super Lawyers New York (2008-2012; 2014-2021)
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Education

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


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Union College (1989)

Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • 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 Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Memberships & Affiliations

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)

Federal Circuit Bar Association

United States Bar Association/Japan Patent Office Liaison Council

Association International for the Protection of Intellectual Property

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