John North, a partner in Kasowitz’s intellectual property group, focuses his practice on patent litigation, as well as trade secret and trademark disputes. A significant number of John’s patent cases have involved unfair competition claims, including PRE and Walker Process claims as well as patent misuse and Lanham Act claims. Many international corporations have relied on John to take the lead counsel role in major patent litigations, including an electronics focused major entertainment company, some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical corporations and a cutting-edge minerals technologies company. John was recently named a 2013 “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, a listing that ranks market-leading intellectual property attorneys in the United States through surveys and interviews with other intellectual property attorneys. John was also recently listed in IAM Patent 1000 2013, a guide dedicated to identifying best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners in 50 key jurisdictions. Additionally, John was named among The Best Lawyers in America in 2012.
John spends considerable time in court handling trials and hearings, and takes a "hands on" approach to his cases. He has handled cases involving a wide range of technologies including interactive program guides, consumer products, electronic coupons, computerized healthcare information systems and other electronics issues, pharmaceuticals, various chemical products, medical products, paint, textile dye processes and a variety of minerals technologies.
Prior to joining Kasowitz in May 2011, Mr. North was a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, where he chaired the firm’s intellectual property group.