Biography

John Cooper is the senior member and founder of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. He regularly represents technology companies in complex, high-stakes patent actions and cases at the confluence of intellectual property and antitrust issues. His typical role is that of the strategist and team leader. He will counsel his clients on high-level strategic issues, and assemble and lead a legal team that represents both their business and their legal interests.

Trained as a chemical engineer, John has also tried numerous cases to verdict outside of patent issues. With over thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer, and a track record that includes successfully representing many of the largest, most prominent companies in technology, John has also personally trained and mentored many leading trial lawyers. He regularly counsels technology companies in complex patent actions that often include additional issues such as international trade and antitrust. He has successfully guided clients through massive trials and appeals, and many of his clients have benefited from his success at obtaining summary judgment victories of non-infringement in patent actions. While his practice usually involves technology issues, John has also tried many antitrust, commercial and business actions as well.

Given his track record and his experience, John has proven to be a unique, effective advocate and counselor to his clients. He is an unparalleled strategist, with client relationships that in many cases, go back decades. He is particularly effective at working with clients on analyzing the implications and best course of action for the pivotal decisions that arise during the course of a major case – it’s very likely he’s encountered a similar situation before. It’s also very likely he has previously appeared before the judge trying the case.

When questioning a witness, making an argument, or winning a key point is absolutely critical, John brings to bear the gravitas and the reputation of a senior, nationally-known trial attorney with an extraordinary track record. He has a unique ability to be persuasive, effective, and above all, listened to. As an advocate, a trial lawyer, and a force in the courtroom, John has few peers.

John has served as Regent and is a long standing Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He 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. John 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.

Distinctions

  • National Law Journal’s ADR Champions (2018)
  • Top 30 Intellectual Property Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal (2005)
  • Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial, Antitrust, Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2004-2020)
  • Chambers USA, Intellectual Property

Memberships and Affiliations

  • 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

Firm Highlights

Publication

PSDcast – Is Energy Companies' Customer Data a Trade Secret?

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BASF Political Speech in the Workplace

Holly Sutton is a featured panelist at the BASF Labor and Employment Section of the Barristers Club live webinar, "Political Speech in the Workplace." Details: Although the 2020 election cycle has ended, employees and...

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Farella Advises MedMen to Win San Francisco Cannabis Retail Store Approval

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel provided national premium cannabis retailer MedMen Enterprises Inc.  with land use and permitting advice to win approval to open a new retail store on Union Street...

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Employers Deal With Workers’ Lost Vaccination Cards

Holly Sutton was interviewed by SHRM for the article, "Employers Deal With Workers’ Lost Vaccination Cards." Read the article here .

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New Restrictions on Sales and Delivery of E-Cigarettes and Vaping Products

The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act substantially and materially alters how companies sell and ship e-cigarettes and tobacco and cannabis vaping products and components.  The act was signed into law on...

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North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference 2021

Join us for the 2021 North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring leading cannabis industry experts. This live webinar will explore new opportunities and challenges to the medical, recreational, and related cannabis businesses North of the...

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Monticello - Member Profile: Richard "Dick" Shapiro

Dick Shapiro was profiled in the April 2021 issue of Monticello , the quarterly journal of the Jefferson Society. Read the profile, here on pages 18-19.

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The Advocates’ Society Spring Symposium: The Advocate Making a Difference

Douglas Young is the keynote speaker at The Advocates’ Society Spring Symposium: The Advocate Making a Difference on April 28. The Advocates' Society and the American College of Trial Lawyers invite you to attend the...

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New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products

Donald Sobelman and Wendy Hernandez discuss "New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements for Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products." Proposition 65 requires “clear and reasonable” warnings in California for products containing chemicals on the State’s list of...

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Law Updates for California Employers: COVID Sick Leave Obligations, Meal-Period Rules, COBRA Benefits

New legislation and a recent court decision have significant implications for California employers. Certain California employers must now provide supplemental paid sick leave to employees who miss work for specified reasons related to the...

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