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JohnCook

Partner

"What I enjoy most as an attorney is the deeply analytical process of crafting innovative yet practical solutions that serve my clients' strategic objectives."

Overview

Biography

For nearly 20 years, John has prosecuted and defended claims in complex intellectual property litigation matters, counseling and representing patent, trademark, and copyright clients across a wide range of industries. 

As a former federal court law clerk with extensive trial and appellate experience in courts across the country, John brings a deep understanding of courtroom dynamics and judicial decision making to his practice. This background has been invaluable given the complexity of the matters he handles, including prosecuting claims against 22 defendants in a patent infringement case and successfully developing and executing a strategic plan in a complex patent dispute between a client and a competitor that played out in more than 20 different proceedings commenced in two different federal district courts, the US Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the US Court of International Trade, the US International Trade Commission, and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

John’s public accounting background enhances his ability to precisely analyze complex matters, something that has proved to be invaluable in his legal practice. One example of this application was John leading the development and presentation of the damages case during a patent infringement trial that culminated in a jury finding of willful infringement and entry of a $62 million judgment in his client’s favor. 

John regularly serves as local counsel and co-counsel in cases pending in the Northern District of New York and other venues located in New York State.  He also serves as the chair of the firm’s Technology Committee, working to identify and evaluate new technologies that might improve or replace the traditional practice of law.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association, Local Rules Committee
  • Onondaga County Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property and Innovation American Inn of Court
  • US District Court for the Northern District of New York, Local Rules Committee
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Defended a multinational consumer-goods company in a patent infringement action that was resolved favorably following summary judgment of no willful infringement.
  • Represented a health care provider in a trademark-infringement action that was resolved favorably prior to trial.
  • Served as trial counsel in a patent-infringement action that resulted in a favorable jury verdict of willful infringement and a $62 million judgment for a global manufacturer of telecommunication products.
  • Defended a footwear manufacturer and retailer in a trademark-infringement action that was resolved favorably prior to trial.
  • Represented a leading manufacturer in multiple patent-infringement actions that were resolved favorably prior to trial.
  • Served as trial counsel in a patent-infringement action that resulted in a favorable jury verdict of non-infringement for a global agricultural-products company and its affiliates.
  • Represented a manufacturer of medical devices in a patent-infringement action that was resolved favorably following summary judgment of no literal infringement.
  • Served as trial counsel in a trade-dress infringement action that resulted in a favorable jury verdict of non-infringement for a specialty paper-products manufacturer.
  • Defended a multinational consumer-goods company and its related entities in a patent-infringement action that was resolved favorably prior to trial.
  • Represented a global manufacturer of telecommunication products in a patent infringement action against 22 defendants that was resolved favorably prior to trial.
  • Represented a global manufacturer of telecommunication products in connection with US Customs and Border Protection efforts to enforce general-exclusion orders and a limited-exclusion order issued by the US International Trade Commission.
  • Represented multinational automobile manufacturers in trademark and trade-dress infringement and dilution action that was resolved favorably prior to trial.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • US District Court for the Northern District of New York to Senior US District Judge Howard Munson, Law Clerk

Selected Community Activities

  • Le Moyne College Alumni Association Board, President
  • Onondaga County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Volunteer Attorney

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Intellectual Property Litigation, 2015-2019; Commercial Litigation, 2015-2018
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars: Intellectual Property, 2013
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Intellectual Property and Innovation American Inn of Court, “A Modern-Day Markman Hearing Concerning the Classic Wright Brothers' Patent”
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association,“Back to Basics: A Discussion About Procedural Issues at the Early Stages of Civil and Criminal Cases” CLE
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association, “Discovery: The Rules, Guidelines, and Best Practices”
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association, “Federal Practice 101”
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association, “Technology and Modern Civil Litigation: Electronic Discovery and the Effective Use of Courtroom Technology”

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

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