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.
Copyright and trademark counseling regarding graphic and font designs, photographs, text, music, etc. for LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
Represented Spectravest, Inc., an apparel manufacturer, in more than 100 cases and more than 50 TRO's granted.
Computer software copyright counseling and prosecution for Dolby Laboratories, Nexant, the University of California, and many others.
Trademark counseling and portfolio management to Oracle (enterprise software), Dignity Health (healthcare), Nexant, Inc. (energy sector software), Guittard Chocolate, Buck Knives, and the Fish Six Corp (dba “THE MELT”) (restaurants).
Copyright and Trademark enforcement, licensing & counseling regarding the poem "Footprints in the Sand" by Margaret Fishback Powers.
Copyright counseling and prosecution of graphic, sculptural and architectural building designs for Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Copyright counseling to Charlene Li and other authors of non-fiction books regarding avoidance of infringement related to prior employment.
Served as lead counsel in litigation against a U.S. municipality for violation of moral rights in a public sculpture by Lee Roy Champagne.
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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
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
Bar Association of San Francisco
Copyright Law Society
International Trademark Association
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association
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