John May

Patent Prosecution

California Office

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John May has extensive Intellectual Property experience with multiple industries, including software, digital communications, toys, entertainment, transportation, telecommunications, personal computers and computer displays.

John is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) office, and is an active member of the California Bar. John has had a long and varied technical and legal career after his graduation from UCLA School of Law in 1966 and subsequent service in Vietnam, where he served as a Reserve Foreign Service Officer with Top Secret clearance.

After returning home from Vietnam in 1968, John was hired as a computer programmer and assistant program manager for Hughes Aircraft Company, and subsequently transferred to the Hughes Patent Department as a patent attorney.  He later held patent counsel positions at Mattel, Lockheed, and ITT Corp, and entered private practice in 1986 after ITT transferred its worldwide telecommunications operations to Alcatel.  In 1993, John joined the intellectual property firm of Robbins, Berliner & Carson as a partner, which was subsequently merged into Fulbright & Jaworsky, and following his retirement from Fulbright in 2007, John joined Berliner & Associates, which merged into Brooks Kushman in 2018.

John is now a proud member of the team at Brooks Kushman.

Organizations and Affiliations

Central District of the United Stated District Court

Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Federal Circuit

United States Supreme Court

California State Bar

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

B.S., Mathematics, California Institute of Technology