John provides a full range of brand management services, from trademark clearance to global portfolio maintenance. He works with companies of all sizes and sorts to create, build, maintain and protect their intellectual property, including trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and trade secrets. His clients include biotech start-ups, educational nonprofits, and multinational software companies. Taking a collaborative approach, John seeks practical, cost-effective approaches to his clients’ legal issues tailored to align with their goals and values as well as their budget.
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John specializes in finding innovative solutions in a changing intellectual property landscape. He has handled the registration of non-traditional trademarks such as color marks and counseled clients on brand enforcement in virtual spaces and the “fan fiction” community. He regularly advises nonprofit and advocacy-driven organizations on their unique intellectual property challenges, and he is a published author on the subject of trademark rights in the political space.
John’s interests run from the arts and travel to social activism and community engagement, which he merges into his professional life whenever possible. Born and raised in St. Louis, he divided his time through college between exploring the local film and music scene and engaging in local politics. After college, he went from the Midwest to the Middle East, interning for a year with a civil rights organization in Israel and exploring the neighboring countries whenever possible. Following law school and a stint enjoying the rich diversity of New York, he moved from the east coast to the west to settle down in Seattle.
In his legal career, John is grateful for the opportunity to apply his personal interests to his professional practice. He appreciates the creative aspects of intellectual property, as well as the many ways that trademarks and copyrights can project a positive message to the world. He finds great satisfaction in helping artists and advocates alike maximize the value and impact of their creations.
In between office hours, John splits his time between fostering the passions of his own two sons, enjoying Seattle’s plethora of record stores, and traveling with his family whenever possible. He’s also an aspiring writer and grateful to have a very patient spouse willing to read his drafts.