John Pratt joined the firm in 1977. He founded and led the phenomenal growth of the firm's Atlanta patent prosecution practice, chairs the firm's intellectual property practice and practices primarily in the patent area, including patent prosecution, litigation and licensing.
Mr. Pratt served, from 1999 through 2001, as general counsel to an Internet consulting firm, Enterpulse, during which period Enterpulse survived the Internet downturn. Mr. Pratt lectures at continuing education seminars, particularly on patent law, licensing, trade secret protection and restrictive covenants. He was involved in drafting the Georgia Trade Secrets Act of 1990.
Mr. Pratt is listed as #1 in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Intellectual Property and has been listed in that publication each year since 2005. He was listed as an International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers for 2011 and was also listed in the 2011 edition of International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in the area of Patent Law. Mr. Pratt has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2013 and each of the 21 years immediately preceding. He was recognized as a Georgia "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property in 2013 and the four years immediately preceding and for Intellectual Property Litigation in 2009 by SuperLawyers magazine. Mr. Pratt was named by Legal Media Group to its 2010 Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners. In 2012, he was named a top patent practitioner by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. Mr. Pratt was recommended by Legal 500 US in the areas of Patent Prosecution and Non-Contentious Trademark Law in 2012. He was also named as one of Georgia's "Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend magazine and is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
An accomplished woodworker, furniture maker and woodworking tool expert, Mr. Pratt devotes a portion of his practice to tool and furniture patent matters. His woodworking has been the subject of an ABA Journal article, and he has been featured in the Fulton County Daily Report and the Atlanta Business Chronicle for the American Flag that he recently created. The flag is made of black cherry (red), curly maple (white) and walnut (brown and dyed blue) and currently hangs in Kilpatrick Townsend's Atlanta office.
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