Main Menu


John litigates and negotiates disputes over trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, protected design, advertising and licensing.

John advises clients on brand development and intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies. His practice includes clients in the health and fitness, outdoor recreation, publishing and software industries.

John has acted as counsel in state and federal court, as well before the USPTO and TTAB, for cases involving intellectual property rights in exercise equipment, gaming software, toy design, website design and the color yellow. 

Before pursuing a career in the law, he taught language, literature, aesthetics and critical theory in the Department of Germanics at the University of Washington and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Professional Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Trademark Litigation Committee, Chair, 2014-2016
  • King County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • Outdoor Industry Association, Member
  • Seattle Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Member

Community Activities

  • Greater Seattle Soccer League, Member
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Board Member 2008-2014
  • The Wilderness Society, Member

Blog Posts

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances



  • Washington, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 2006


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2005
    • Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, Member
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Comparative Literature, 1996
  • Fulbright Award Fellowship, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, 1994-1995
  • B.A., Princeton University, European History, 1984

Honors & Recognition

  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers, 2013-2015, 2010


  • German
Back to Page

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you agree to the use of cookies. To learn more about how we use cookies, please see our Cookie Policy.