John’s practice includes representing clients in patent prosecution, litigation, and cyber security and data privacy matters.
In recognizing the pending threat of cyber-incidents his clients may face, John has worked to help develop Brook Kushman’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy group. John’s experience includes assessing a client’s current cybersecurity and data privacy protocols and developing a comprehensive incident response plan to ensure compliance with applicable laws. John also assists his client’s in determining the potential root cause of a breach and what type of notification may be necessary. John also has experience in addressing information and data security requirements for his clients during both vendor contractual or M&A transactions.
John has also represented client’s litigation matters at the district court and appellate level, as well as, before the International Trade Commission. John has actively managed each stage of litigation from pre-suit pleadings through trial, and through appeal. John has also represented his client’s needs in negotiating settlements and licensing agreements.
While representing one client’s litigation needs, John became involved in developing and growing Brooks Kushman’s Post-Grant Proceedings team. As a result, John was part of a team that handled 25 inter partes review proceedings that invalidated hundreds of patent claims being asserted against that client.
John has also managed the patent prosecution docket for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors. John’s prosecution experience includes handling a patent application from an initial draft through allowance. Relying on his litigation and prosecution experience, John’s has also handled numerous patentability and clearance opinions on behalf of his clients.
Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, John worked for nearly ten years as a hardware design and software engineer in the automotive and semi-conductor industries. This work provided John with invaluable experience that helps him further counsel his client’s intellectual property needs.
Ameranth, Inc. v. Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (Summary Judgment – S.D. California): Successfully defended Domino’s Pizza in a patent infringement suit relating to menu generation and synchronization of data for mobile devices. Obtained summary judgment of unpatentability on a patent asserted against Domino’s and 30 other parties. Also served as counsel for Covered Business Method proceedings where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board held three other asserted patents unpatentable. Case No. 3:11-cv-01810
In re Certain Hybrid Electric Vehicles (ITC): Trial counsel for Ford Motor Company in multi-patent investigation directed to hybrid electric vehicles. Settlement after trial. Case No. 337-TA-1042
Ford Motor Company v. Paice LLC (PTAB): Represented Ford during the pendency of the 22 inter partes review proceedings challenging the validity of hundreds of claims across five separate patents. Managed proceedings through final written decision where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board held 273 patent claims were unpatentable. Case Nos. IPR2014-00571, IPR2014-00904, IPR2015-00722, IPR2015-00790
Paice LLC v. Ford Motor Company Representative (Federal Circuit): Successfully represented Ford in numerous appeals challenging the Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that had found hundreds of patent claims as being unpatentable. Case No. IPR2016-1412, IPR2016-1746, IPR2017-1387, IPR2017-1263
Ancora Technologies, Inc. v. Apple (Federal Circuit): Represented Ancora in successful appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversing district court’s claim construction ruling and affirming district’s court’s finding of no indefiniteness. Successfully briefed opposition to Apple’s petition for certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court. Case No. 2013-1414
Robert Bosch LLC v. Corea Autoparts Producing Corporation et al. (E.D. Michigan & ITC): In re Certain Wiper Blades, lnv: Lead trial counsel for Corea Autoparts (CAP) in multiple patent infringement actions concerning “bracket-less” or “beam” style wiper blades. Favorable settlement was reached prior to trial. Case No: 2:11-cv-14019; lnv. No. 337-TA-816
ElectroJet Technologies, Inc. v. STIHL Incorporated (E.D. Virginia): Representing Electrojet in patent lawsuit relating to engine timing control. Case No. 2:17-cv-00224
STIHL Incorporated et al v. ElectroJet Technologies, Inc. (PTAB): Defending Electrojet relating to inter partes review petitions filed by STIHL. Case No. IPR2018-00018, IPR2018-00020
Bose Corporation v. Lightspeed Aviation (Summary Judgment – D. Massachusetts): Represented Lightspeed Aviation relating to aviation noise cancelling headset technology. Managed litigation through summary judgment and negotiated settlement between Bose and Lightspeed. Case No. 1:09-cv-10222
HTC Corporation v. Ancora Technologies (PTAB): Lead counsel for Ancora in securing order from Patent Trial and Appeal Board denying institution of HTC’s covered business method (CBM) petition. Case No. CBM2017-00054
Ancora Technologies v. Apple (Settlement – N.D. California): Represented Ancora in patent infringement lawsuit relating to software security. Managed litigation through favorable settlement. Case No. 4:11-cv-06357
Organizations and Affiliations
American Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
Michigan Inn of Courts
Featured, “Ford wins PTAB challenge over hybrid vehicle tech,” Law360, November 2015
Featured, “Ford Wins More Hybrid Vehicle Patent Appeal Board Reviews,” Law360, November 2015
Featured, “Ford Wins Another PTAB Review Of Paice Hybrid Car Patent,” Law360, November 2015
Featured, “USPTO Rules For Ford In Dispute Over Hybrid Vehicle Tech,” Law360, September 2015
Featured, “2013 Rising Stars List,” Super Lawyers, September 2013
Author, “CCPA Regulations Now in Full Effect,” Client Alert, August 2020
Author, “Michigan Auto Dealerships Are at Risk of Cyber Attacks During the COVID-19 Crisis—Here’s How to Combat Against the Threats,” Thomas Reuters Westlaw®, April 2020
Author, “Zoom’s Recent Headlines Illustrate Why Privacy and Security are a Critical Element in Product Design,” Blog Post, April 2020
Author, “Limit Cybersecurity Risks When Employees Work From Home Due to COVID-19,” Blog Post, March 2020
Author, “New Federal Legislation Seeks To Appoint A Cybersecurity Coordinator For Each State”, Blog Post, January 2020
Co-Author, “ChargePoint Seeks Supreme Court Review of Patent Ineligibility Ruling in ChargePoint, Inc. v. SemaConnect, Inc. Litigation,” Blog Post, October 2019
Author, “Preparing For A Potential Breach – Tips For Creating An Incident Response Plan,” Blog Post, April 2019
Co-Author, “PTAB Designates Two New Informative Decisions Addressing Its Discretion to Deny Review under 35 U.S.C. § 325(d) Based on Prior Examination,” Client Alert, March 2018
Co-Author, “Supreme Court to Insider Availability of Extraterritorial Patent Infringement Damages,” Client Alert, January, 2018.
Co-Author, “PTAB Confirms Viability of Priority-Based Challenges,” Law360, February, 2014
Co-Author, “How to sell and license post-Quanta,” Managing IP, January, 2010
Presenter, “2020 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Year in Review,” BK Hosted Webinar, February 2021
Co-Presenter, “PTAB Year in Review: New Designated Decisions and Procedures Impact AIA Trial Strategies,” BK Hosted Webinar, January 2021
Moderator, “The Opportunities and the Challenges for Data,” Auto IP Event, Intellectual Asset Management and Brooks Kushman P.C., September 2020
Co-Presenter, “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Year in Review: Major Breaches, Changes in the Law, and Upcoming Trends,” BK Hosted Webinar, February 2020
Co-Presenter, “PTAB Year in Review – Designated Decisions, Constitutional Challenges, and AIA Procedures,” BK Hosted Webinar, February 2020
Co-Presenter, “The Importance of Cybersecurity During a Merger & Acquisition Transaction,” Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Podcast, January 2020
Co-Presenter, “Cyber Insurance 101: What It Is And Why You Need It,” Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Podcast, November 2019
Co-Presenter, “Managing High-Stakes IP Litigation,” BK Webinar, September 2019
Co-Presenter, “Getting IT and Inside Counsel on the Same Cyber Boat,” April 2019
Co-Presenter, “The Importance of an Information Security Policy,” Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Podcast, April 2019
Co-Presenter, “Legal Trends in Cybersecurity & Data Privacy for Business,” Automation Alley Tech Takeover, April 2019
Co-Presenter, “2017 IP Litigation and PTAB Year in Review,” BK Webinar, February 2018
J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, cum laude
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Detroit Mercy, magna cum laude, Tau Beta Pi