John is a highly regarded intellectual property litigator that has successfully represented clients in complex cases in Federal courts across the country. In addition to patent cases involving many diverse technologies, he has had significant success in design patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright cases.

As a trusted advisor to in-house counsel and senior management, John helps companies obtain, protect and monetize their valuable intellectual property rights. He also helps companies evaluate and avoid infringement risks and provides freedom-to-operate opinions.

John has an engineering background and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He prepares and files U.S. and international patent applications to protect his clients’ inventions. He also works with companies to register, maintain and protect their trademarks and domain names and to develop brand management and enforcement programs. He also advises clients on copyright matters.

Before joining LeonardMeyer, John was a partner in a large international law firm where he gained considerable experience in intellectual property litigation and corporate transactions. He has conducted intellectual property due diligence, negotiated and drafted contracts relating to mergers and acquisitions and prepared license agreements and assignments.




Won summary judgment of non-infringement in patent case for 12 national retail clients in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas relating to client-server communications. The summary judgment decision was affirmed on appeal.

Won summary judgment of design patent invalidity for client in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois relating to building product designs.

Conceived and filed motion that invalidated a “business method” patent under 35 U.S.C. Section 101 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

Key member of a trial team that won a jury verdict of infringement of three patents relating to computer networking hardware and software and also obtained an injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Obtained early and complete dismissal of trademark, trade dress and design patent claims against defendant relating to athletic shoe designs.

Successfully resolved numerous patent infringement actions for companies relating to credit card and gift card transactions, computer communications, toner and ink jet cartridges and interactive video conferencing systems.

Obtained damages and an injunction for infringement of pro bono client’s copyrighted music in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


Counseling and Prosecution Experience

Developed and implemented internal patent and trademark policies for Fortune 100 companies.

Managed patent portfolios for companies in a wide variety of industries including medical devices, beverages and bottles, plastic packaging, financial services and credit cards.

Conducted worldwide intellectual property audits and competitive analyses for multi-national corporations.



 JD, University of Illinois College of Law (cum laude), 1992

BS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1988



Illinois, 1992