John represents large and small businesses in complex litigation throughout the country, especially patent, copyright, and trademark disputes, and cases involving cannabis. John also advises on IP and FDA issues.
John’s careful research, clear communication, and forceful execution help his clients avoid litigation when possible and prevail when necessary. John’s intellectual property matters typically involve representing clients involved with high tech, hardware, software, consumer products, e-commerce, or cannabis.
John is also a certified mediator, specializing in mediating intellectual property and cannabis disputes.
John has been named an Oregon Super Lawyer in IP litigation every year since 2009, and he was selected as one of the top 1000 patent professionals worldwide by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. He is also an adjunct patent litigation professor at Lewis & Clark Law School.
A native Oregonian, John graduated from Cornell Law School magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, serving as the Articles Editor of the Cornell Law Review. Before joining Harris Bricken, John practiced at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and as an IP litigation partner at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in Portland.
John’s professional service includes terms as the past president of the Oregon Patent Law Association and the Federal Bar Association, and as a member of the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors. He has also served on the boards of All Classical Radio (chair) and Portland Piano International. He is currently a board member with Hollywood Theatre. When John isn’t spending time with his two boys, you can find him at a musical performance, either onstage behind the keys or in the audience.
Intellectual Property Partner, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Portland OR
Senior Litigation Associate, Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco CA
Regulatory and Litigation Associate, Covington & Burling, Washington DC
Judicial Clerk, Honorable Conrad K. Cyr, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Oregon Patent Law Association: Former President
Oregon Federal Bar Association: Former President
Former Ninth Circuit Lawyer’s Representative: U. S. District Court,
District of Oregon
District of Oregon Local Rules Advisory Committee: Former Member
Lewis & Clark Law School: Adjunct Professor of Law, patent litigation
Oregon State Bar Board of Governors: Former Member
Oregon SuperLawyers: Selected by peers as SuperLawyer in IP Litigation every year since 2009, reserved for top 5% of Oregon lawyers.
IAM 1000 for 2013: Ranked as one of the top 1000 patent professionals world-wide by Intellectual Asset Management magazine, which described him as “a very bright guy [,] aggressive and successful.”
Martindale-Hubbell AV ranking: Awarded preeminent ranking (5.0 out of 5) by peers for legal ability and ethics.