John L. Cooper

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John Cooper’s experience in law, engineering and economics allows him to help clients resolve complex, high risk matters involving intellectual property, antitrust and commercial issues—whether by negotiation, trial or through the appellate courts.  

Mr. Cooper is the senior member and founder of Farella’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group where he has personally trained and mentored many leading trial lawyers.  He regularly represents technology companies in complex patent actions and in cases addressing the confluence of intellectual property and antitrust issues.  Mr. Cooper has successfully guided clients through massive trials and appeals, and many of his clients benefit from his success at obtaining summary judgment victories of non-infringement in patent actions, such as in Dolby v. Lucent, PostX v. Secure Data in Motion and Drexler v. Dolby.

While his practice primarily involves technology issues, Mr. Cooper has also tried many antitrust, commercial and business actions for such representative companies as Smiths Group PLC, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., John Crane Inc., Atmel Corporation, and Titeflex Corporation.  Several items of note include: 

  • Appointed by Judge Alsup, N.D. California as Special Master in Wyamo v. Uber.
  • Appointed by Judge Alsup, N.D. California to represent a court appointed FRE706 expert witness in patent infringement action between Oracle and Google.
  • Appointed by Judge Motz, D. Maryland, to serve as Special Master in the Microsoft antitrust litigation.
  • Tapped by law firms accused of malpractice actions, he successfully defended an Am Law 50 law firm in a malpractice action arising out of a patent trial in the ITC.
  • Represented UK-based Bass PLC and Holiday Inns in litigation arising out of Bass PLC’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Holiday Inns as well as Bass PLC’s acquisition of Inter-Continental Hotels.
  • Obtained an antitrust judgment, as co-lead counsel, in excess of $2 billion against three of the nation’s largest plywood manufacturers.  On appeal won against former Solicitor General Robert Bork.
  • Retained on the brink of trial to defend Wm. E. Pollock Company, one of seven securities dealers sued by the City of San Jose in the San Jose Bond litigation; successfully settled after three-month trial.
  • Prepared an amicus curie brief for Dolby which is cited and followed by the U. S. Supreme Court in Bilski. 

Mr. Cooper has served as Regent and is a long standing Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was featured among the National Law Journal’s 2018 ADR Champions. He was recognized among the Top 30 Intellectual Property Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal in 2005. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial, Antitrust, Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation.

Mr. Cooper was co-editor and co-author of “Anatomy of a Patent Case” published by the Federal Judicial Center to assist federal judges in patent cases.  He has addressed the American Bar Association, the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Intellectual Property Commissioners of the European Economic Community and other legal organizations and published “Balancing Competitor Cooperation” in the Antitrust Law Journal.


  • Fellow, former Regent, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Judiciary Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Chair, Lawyer Representatives, Northern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Faculty, Hastings’ Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy