John R. Hutchins
John handles a variety of patent-related matters, including litigation in federal district court and appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, client counseling, license drafting and negotiations, patent post-grant proceedings and European opposition proceedings. His practice focuses on patent litigation on the trial and appellate level, and he has represented clients in diverse fields, such as consumer electronics, automotive components, medical devices, paper making processes and chemicals, inks, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, and toys and children's products.
Early in his career, John served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Gadola, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. During this clerkship, John gained extensive familiarity with federal civil and criminal trial practice.
John’s technical background relates to solid-state electronic device fabrication. He also gained experience in various packaging technologies for electronic circuitry while working as an Eastman Kodak Scholar for Eastman Kodak Company.
John has taught patent law at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and intellectual property legal drafting at George Washington University Law School.
While attending Harvard Law School, John served as president of the Harvard Mediation Program, mediated disputes before state courts in Massachusetts, and taught mediation technique at the law school. John was also a special assistant district attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted criminal cases.
- Sony in litigation that resulted in the court entering a stipulation of non-infringement as a matter of law following a transfer from the Eastern District of Texas and a favorable claim construction ruling. Optimum Power Solutions v. Sony Electronics (N.D. Cal.).
- Delphi in litigation resulting in granted summary judgment of invalidity of four separate patents in favor of client. Automotive Technologies International v. Delphi, et al. (E.D. Mich.).
- Sony in patent litigation resulting in granted summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of client. The ruling, argued by Mr. Hutchins, was affirmed on an appeal. Intellectual Science and Technology v. Sony Electronics (E.D. Mich., Fed. Cir.).
- Intervet in patent litigation resulting in granted summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of client. Intervet v. Merial, et al. (D.C.D.C.).
- GE Healthcare in a false advertising case concerning x-ray contrast agents. District court found in favor of GE Healthcare after trial on its false advertising counterclaim. Bracco Diagnostics v. Amersham Health (D.N.J.).
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his charitable foundation in a copyright litigation resulting in dismissed copyright infringement claims against client. Ottis v. Fisher-Price et al. (D. Neb.).
- Fisher-Price and Mattel in a patent litigation trial that resulted in the court finding that the firm's clients did not infringe LeapFrog’s patent, and that the patent was invalid. The ruling was affirmed on appeal. LeapFrog Enterprises v. Fisher-Price, et al. (D. Del., Fed. Cir.).
- Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Important Patent Venue Appeal (December 21, 2016)
- "Federal Circuit Refines Standard for Analogous Art," Law360, (May 18, 2011)
In The News
- Mentioned in "ITC Judge Ends Lenovo Patent Probe," Law360 (August 1, 2014)
- Mentioned in “ITC Judge Ends Samsung, Nintendo Disc Drive Patent Probe,” Law360 (July 31, 2014)
- Selected as Washington, DC Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation, Washington Lawyer magazine (2013)
- Profiled as one of the leading Patent Litigation (2016) lawyers in the United States, The US Legal 500
- Aerospace, Aviation and Defense
- Manufacturing and Sales
- Technology and Emerging Companies
- Copyright Litigation
- Intellectual Property and Technology
- IP Counseling and Licensing
- Patent Litigation
- Patent Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings
- Trade Secret/Trade Dress Litigation
- Trade Secrets/Trade Dress
- JD, 1995, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Managing Editor
- BSE, 1992, summa cum laude, University of Michigan, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi
- District of Columbia
- New York
- US District Court for the District of Columbia
- US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- US Supreme Court
- US Patent and Trademark Office