John Hughes is a partner in the Trademark and Copyright practice at Kilpatrick Townsend. A seasoned foreign and domestic trademark and copyright counselor, prosecutor and litigator, Mr. Hughes represents a variety of clients in diverse industries that include computer software and hardware, health care, retail, restaurants, chocolate and wine.

Mr. Hughes is recognized as primary trademark counsel for such notable companies as Oracle Corporation, Dignity Health, University of California, Nexant, Inc., Ixys Corporation, Zynga, Guittard Chocolate Company and Newton Vineyards. His copyright clients include Williams-Sonoma, Dolby and the poet Margaret Fishback Powers. Mr. Hughes also has many notable litigation milestones.

In 2014, Mr. Hughes was recommended by Legal 500 US for Non-Contentious Trademark Law. He was named by Legal Media to its 2012 and 2014 Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners.

Professional & Community Activities

Bar Association of San Francisco

Copyright Law Society

International Trademark Association

San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (1985)
  • Western Michigan University, M.A., Future Studies (1978)
    with honors
  • Western Michigan University, B.A., Future Studies (1976)
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California (1987)


  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Providing clients with reliable and practical advice based on in-depth knowledge and creative insights.

Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA, 94111
t +1 415.273.4764
f +1 415.723.7076

John A. Hughes

Experience Highlights

Copyright litigation against U.S. municipality
Served as lead counsel in litigation against a U.S. municipality for violation of moral rights in a public sculpture by Lee Roy Champagne. more
Fabric design copyright litigation for Spectravest Inc.
Represented Spectravest, Inc., an apparel manufacturer, in more than 100 cases and more than 50 TRO's granted. more
Copyright counseling and prosecution for Williams-Sonoma Inc.
Copyright counseling and prosecution of graphic, sculptural and architectural building designs for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. more
Copyright counseling to Charlene Li and other authors
Copyright counseling to Charlene Li and other authors of non-fiction books regarding avoidance of infringement related to prior employment. more