For 35 years, John has been litigating patents around the country for technology clients including Microsoft, SAP, ETAP, Nautilus, and Mentor Graphics.
Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals: John has argued more than a dozen appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He successfully argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., No. 13-369, for rejection of the Federal Circuit’s “insolubly ambiguous” and “amenable to construction” test for enforcing the Patent Act’s mandate that patent claims “particularly point out and distinctly claim” the patent’s invention.
Court Trials: John has first-chair tried patent infringement suits, copyright infringement suits, trademark infringement suits, and product-configuration trade dress suits. Most recently, he and a team at Klarquist obtained an $8.42 Million jury verdict in a false advertising action.
PTAB Trials: John has been lead counsel in Patent Office trial proceedings.
Patent-Law Training and Advocacy: Since 2004, John has been the primary editor of an extensive summary of substantive defenses and related strategies in patent infringement suits, posted at www.patentdefenses.com. He speaks throughout the nation on patent law, district-court patent litigation, PTAB patent trials, and patent appellate practice. He emphasizes untraditional approaches to successfully defending against a patent infringement suit while improving the law and patent system in the process. To the same end, he has authored many Amici briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit on behalf of scores of technology companies and associations.
John joined Klarquist in 1989 as an associate and became partner in 1991.
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft
East Hartford, Connecticut
Engineer, jet engine development
- Vice Chair, Federal Circuit Bar Association, PTAB – TTAB Committee
- Former Vice Chair, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Patent and Trademark Office Committee
- Former President, Seattle Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
Honors & Awards
- 2008 – 2018 The Best Lawyers in America©, Portland, OR, IP Litigation and Patent Litigation
- 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018 The Best Lawyers in America©, Portland, OR, Patent Litigation Lawyer of the Year
- 2011, 2012, and 2015 The Best Lawyers in America©, Portland, OR, IP Litigation Lawyer of the Year
- 2006 – 2017 Oregon Super Lawyers®
- 2010 – 2016 Ranked in Chambers USA, Oregon, Intellectual Property
- 2014 – 2017 IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals
- 2014, 2015 IP Stars, Managing IP Magazine
- 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star
Presentations & Publications
- “Comments on 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance,” United States Patent and Trademark Office, 3/6/19
- “Phillips Construction in PTAB Trials: Strategies for Petitioners and Patent Owners” (panel discussion moderator), Federal Circuit Bar Association, 12/3/18 [link to audio]
- “Drafting (and Invalidating) Patent Claims as a Sec. 112 Master: How Claims, Hollow Claims, Ways and Means,” Washington State Patent Law Association, 9/19/18
- “Supreme Court Review,” Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Conference (panelist with Judge Timothy B. Dyk and other appellate practitioners), 6/23/18
- “Functional Claiming: Draft Some Claims to Survive in 2028,” Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Section, 6/6/18
- “Patent Indefiniteness,” Patent Law Class Lecture, University of Washington School of Law, 10/24/17
- “The Constitutionality of IPRs: The Supreme Court Set to Rule” (panel discussion), Center for Advanced Study & Research on Innovation Policy 2017 Patent and Intellectual Property Law Summer Institute, University of Washington School of Law, 7/20/17
- “Functional Claiming: New Traps for Prosecutors / Opportunities for Litigators, Under Williamson and Nautilus,” Center for Advanced Study & Research on Innovation Policy 2017 Patent and Intellectual Property Law Summer Institute, University of Washington School of Law, 7/19/17
- “Patent Litigation 2017: The Courts and Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” Panelist on Appellate Practice, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2/17/2017
- “Patent Defenses: Getting More Out of the Specification, Prior Art & Markman” (Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association CLE, Cleveland, OH, 10/27/2016)
- Section 101 Preemption: Amici Brief filed in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America, 10/26/2016 (John D. Vandenberg, Salumeh R. Loesch)
- “The Supreme Court Review 2016” (Federal Circuit Bar Association’s 2016 Bench and Bar Conference, Nashville, TN, 6/24/2016)
- “Panel with Chief Judge Mosman: Patent Litigation in 2016” (The Novice to the Pro, Portland, Oregon, 2/23/2016)
- “Advanced Tips for Patent Prosecution and Litigation” (San Jose technology companies’ offices, 2/10/2016)
- “The PTAB Matures: Precedential Impact of Decisions, Procedural Aspects of CAFC Reversals, and The Public Role in Key Decisions” (Federal Circuit Bar Association, Washington, DC, 1/15/2016)
- “Tips for Patent Prosecution and Litigation Based on Recent Decisions” (Washington State Patent Law Association, Seattle, WA, 11/18/2015)
- “Patents and Patent Litigation: Develop, Strengthen, and Protect Your Intellectual Property” (Electronic Design Automation Consortium, San Jose, CA, 10/29/2015)
- “Tips for Patent Prosecution and Litigation Based on Recent Decisions” (Oregon Patent Law Association and Oregon State Bar IP Section, Portland, OR, 10/1/2015)
- “Particularly Pointing Out And Distinctly Claiming”: What’s Next For The Patent Act’s “Clarity And Precision Demand” Post Nautilus and Williamson? (2015 American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 7/31/2015)
- “Nautilus: Watershed or Non-event?” (Oregon State Bar IP Section Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, 10/8/2014)
- Panelist at the Supreme Court IP Review regarding “Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments: Patent indefiniteness” (Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, 9/12/2014)
- Panelist at United States Patent and Trademark Office’s “Software Partnership Meeting: Functional Claiming and Clarity of the Record,” (Alexandria, VA, 7/22/2014)
- “PTAB Roundtable Panel Discussion” (Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Seattle, WA, 5/01/2014)
- “A Discussion on Nautilus v. Biosig” (Federal Circuit Bar Association, The Patent and Trademark Office Committee, 4/29/2014)
- “Patent Strategies after the America Invents Act (AIA)” (Law Seminars International, Portland, OR, 1/30/2012)
- “Immediate and Near-Term Practical Impacts of the America Invents Act” (Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section, Oregon State Bar Computer and Internet Law Section, and Oregon Patent Law Association, Portland, OR, 12/7/2011)
- Panel with Judge William C. Bryson (Lewis & Clark Law School, 10/6/2011)
- “Immediate Impacts of Patent Reform, What You Need to Know Now About the America Invents Act” (Law Seminars International, Portland, OR, 10/6/2011)
- “Will Courts Follow the Supreme Court or the Federal Circuit?” (TexasBarCLE’s 7th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation Course, San Antonio, Texas, 7/15/2011)
- “Is Research Corp. Tech. v. Microsoft an Outlier or the Future of Patent Law Sec. 101?” (OSB Computer & Internet Law Section, Portland, OR, 2/22/2011)
- “Patent Law New Developments and Year in Review: Cases, Trends and Revelations” (Oregon State Bar’s Intellectual Property Review – Updates and Changes from 2010 Seminar, Tigard, OR, 1/21/2011)
- “In re Bilski: What Can You Patent Now?” (Joint Meeting of Oregon Patent Law Association & OSB Computer & Internet Law Section, Portland, OR, 12/11/08)
- “Patent Claim Construction Strategies for Defendants” (Patent Claim Construction Workshop, Law Seminars International, Seattle, WA, 7/10/07 & Supp., 7/16/08)
- “When Does a U.S. Patent Cover ‘Infringement’ Occurring Abroad?,” The Licensing Journal, Vol. 27, No. 8, Pgs. 13-20, September 2007 (John D. Vandenberg, Scott E. Davis)
- “Microsoft v. AT&T: The Foreign Reach of U.S. Patents” (Complex Intellectual Property Licensing Conference, Law Seminars International, Philadelphia, PA, 6/21/07)
- Export Patent Infringement (35 USC § 271(f)): Amici Brief filed in U.S. Supreme Court in AT&T v. Microsoft, January 2007 (John D. Vandenberg, Jeffrey S. Love)
- “What Good Is a Judgment of Patent Infringement?: 2005-06” (Pre-Complaint & Post-Trial Patent Litigation Strategies Workshop, Law Seminars International, Seattle, WA, 7/11/06)
- “Using a Phillips Construction in all PTAB Trials: The Impact on District Court Patent Actions and PTAB Proceedings,” 18 Chi. -Kent J. Intell. Prop. 1 (2019) (coauthor)
- “7 Things to Think About After TC Heartland,” (Law360, 3/31/2017) (subscription required)
- Law360, “We Need Another Phillips to Explain ‘Plain Meaning'” (Law360, 8/3/2016)
- “Using Patents to Curtail Climate Change: A Proposal” (Law360, 2/23/2015)
- Immediate and Near-Term Practical Impacts of the America Invents Act, December 2011
- Commentary on ITC Ruling on Android Patents, July 2011
- Tips For Winning More Defenses In Markman, July 2009
- When Does a U.S. Patent Cover “Infringement” Occurring Abroad?, September 2007
Over the last few years, John has served as lead counsel on the following patent litigation cases (represented party underlined):
- Power Analytics Corporation v. Operation Technology, Inc., Case Nos. 18-1428 (Fed. Cir.), 16-cv-01955 (C.D. Cal.), 16-cv-00177 (D. Del.): Won summary affirmance at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit of the invalidation of 138 claims in four patents in the field of modeling electrical systems. The Court in the Central District of California found all claims invalid under the abstractness exclusion to patent eligibility under § 101 of the Patent Act.
- E-System Design, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corp., Case No. 17-cv-682 (E.D. Tex.): Represented EDA company in which the Court in the Eastern District of Texas invalidated all claims against the client based on the more stringent “reasonable certainty” test for claim indefiniteness. This stricter standard was established by the Supreme Court in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc., where Klarquist had successfully represented Nautilus.
- Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus, Inc., Case No. 13-369 (S. Ct.): Argued before the United States Supreme Court to reject the Federal Circuit’s lenient standard for definiteness. The Supreme Court unanimously held that the standard for definiteness applied by the Federal Circuit was too liberal. And it articulated that patent claims are indefinite if “read in light of the specification delineating the patent, and the prosecution history, fail to inform, with reasonable certainty, those skilled in the art about the scope of the invention.” The asserted patent involved heart rate monitor technology.
- Synopsys, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics, Inc., Case No. 12-cv-06467 (N.D. Cal.): Represented EDA company in competitor multi-patent litigation. Argued and won partial summary judgment of patent invalidity under Section 101.
- Metasearch Systems, LLC v. Priceline.com, Travelocity.com, Expedia, Orbitz, & American Express, Case Nos. 12-cv-01188, 12-cv-01189, 12-cv-1190, 12-cv-01191, 12-cv-01223, 12-cv-01225 (D. Del.): Defended group of on-line travel companies against seven patents related to metasearching. Successfully argued Covered Business Method patent review trials instituted by the Patent Trial & Appeal Board, which found all claims unpatentable, resulting in dismissal of the lawsuit.
- A Pty LTD v. eBay, et al., Case No. 15-cv-00155 (W.D. Tex.): Represented eBay on case involving email communication systems. The complaint was dismissed on a Rule 12 motion, as the Court found the asserted patent invalid as claiming unpatentable subject matter, under Section 101.
- Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V., et al. v. Snak King Corp., et al., Case No. 13-cv-02147 (C.D. Cal.): Defended Snak King against large Mexican corporation asserting trademarks, trade dress, and patents related to rolled tortilla chips. After Snak King won claim construction on key patent claim terms and after Court held hearing on certain trademark issues, parties reached favorable settlement.
- Realtime Data LLC d/b/a IXO v. SAP America, Inc., Sybase, Hewlett-Packard, & Dell, Case No. 15-cv-00469 (E.D. Tex.): Defending SAP and Hewlett-Packard in multi-patent case involving data compression.
- Big Baboon Inc. v. Hewlett-Packard, et al., Case No. 09-cv-01198 (C.D. Cal.): Representing Hewlett-Packard in multi-defendant multi-patent case involving database systems for end-to-end B2B commerce. Litigation was stayed after Klarquist filed reexaminations on both patents.
- Research Corporation Technologies v. Microsoft Corp., Case No. 01-cv-0658 (D. Ariz.): Defended Microsoft against six asserted patents regarding halftoning technology, including at trial.
- Anascape Ltd. v. Microsoft Corp., et al., Case No. 06-cv-00158 (E.D. Tex.): Represented Microsoft in multi-patent litigation involving Xbox® game controllers, winning partial stay pending reexams and partial summary judgment of non-infringement and no willful infringement (see 2008 WL 7182476).
- Sklar v. Microsoft Corp., Case No. 06-cv-00007 (E.D. Tex.): Defended Microsoft in case relating to Windows® operating system user interface features.
- Network Commerce v. Microsoft Corp., Case Nos. 01-cv-01991 (W.D. Wash), 04-1445 (Fed. Cir.): Led defense team for Microsoft and won summary judgment of non-infringement regarding patents relating to online media distribution. Successfully defended the summary judgment win on appeal. See 422 F.3d 1353 (Fed. Cir. 2005).
John also has been lead counsel on more than a dozen Patent Office proceedings, including reexaminations, inter partes reviews, and covered business method patent reviews.
- Brief of Amici Curiae SAP America, Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., Nautilus, Inc., Electronic Transactions Association, Financial Services Roundtable, and Xilinx, Inc. in Support of Respondents, Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, et al, October 25, 2017
- Brief of Amici Curiae American Bankers Association, The Clearing House, Financial Services Roundtable and Consumer Bankers Association in Support of Petitioner in re: TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC, February 3, 2017
- Brief of Amici Curiae SAP America, J.C. Penney Company, and Samsung Electronics in Support of Rehearing En Banc (In Support of Neither Party) in McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America, October 26, 2016
- Brief of Amici Curiae Acushnet Company, Adobe Systems Inc., ASUS Computer Int’l, Demandware, Inc., Dropbox, Inc., eBay, Inc., Google Inc., HP Inc., HTC America, Inc., InterActiveCorp, Intuit Inc., L Brands, Inc., Lecorpio LLC, LinkedIn Corp., Macy’s, Inc., Newegg Inc., North Carolina Chamber, North Carolina Technology Ass’n, QVC, Inc., SAP America, Inc., SAS Institute Inc., Symmetry LLC, VIZIO, Inc. and Xilinx, Inc. in Support of Petitioner in In re: TC Heartland LLC, November 6, 2015
- Brief for Amici Curiae Garmin, Limelight Networks, LinkedIn, Mentor Graphics, Newegg, SAP, SAS Institute, Symmetry, and Xilinx on Rehearing En Banc in Laches Case
- Brief for Petitioner in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., February 2014
- In SAP America v. Versata Software (U.S. No. 13-716): Brief of Fourteen Amici Curiae, In Support of Petitioners, December 30, 2013
- Brief of Amici Curiae; Altera Corporation; Nautilus, Inc.; SAP America, Inc.; and Travelocity.com LP, in Support of Petitioner in WildTangent, Inc. v. Ultramercial, LLC, et al.,September 23, 2013
- Brief of Amici Curiae, Supporting the Petition for Rehearing En Banc, in Versata Software v. SAP, June 12, 2013
- Brief of Amicus Curiae, Microsoft Corporation on Rehearing En Banc Supporting Neither Party, in Lighting Ballast v. Philips Electronics, June 4, 2013
- Brief of Amicus Curiae, British Airways PLC, eHarmony, Inc., Intuit Inc., LinkedIn Corp., SAP America, Inc., Travelocity.com LP, Twitter, Inc. and Yelp Inc. on Rehearing En Banc Supporting Neither Party, in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp.,December 7, 2012
- En Banc Petition Stage Amici Brief re Section 101 Patent Eligibility in CLS Bank v. Alice Corp., September 2012
- Merits Stage Amicus Brief Re Standard of Proof for Overcoming 35 U.S.C. Section 282 Presumption of Validity, in Microsoft v. i4i, February 2011
- Cert. Stage Amicus Brief Re Standard of Proof for Overcoming 35 U.S.C. Section 282 Presumption of Validity, in Microsoft v. i4i, October 2010
- Export Patent Infringement (35 USC Sec. 271(f)): Amici Brief Filed in U.S. Supreme Court in AT&T v. Microsoft, January 2007