John Hutchins handles a variety of patent-related matters, including litigation in federal district court and appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, client counseling, license drafting and negotiations, patent prosecution and reexamination, and European opposition proceedings. His practice focuses on patent litigation on the trial and appellate level, and he has represented clients in diverse fields, such as consumer electronics, automotive components, medical devices, paper making processes and chemicals, inks, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, and toys and children's products.

Before joining Kenyon, Mr. Hutchins served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Gadola, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. During this clerkship, Mr. Hutchins gained extensive familiarity with federal civil and criminal trial practice.

Mr. Hutchins' technical background relates to solid-state electronic device fabrication. He also gained experience in various packaging technologies for electronic circuitry while working as an Eastman Kodak Scholar for Eastman Kodak Company.

Mr. Hutchins has taught patent law at the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law and intellectual property legal drafting at George Washington University Law School.

While attending Harvard Law School, Mr. Hutchins served as president of the Harvard Mediation Program, mediated disputes before state courts in Massachusetts, and taught mediation technique at the law school. Mr. Hutchins was also a special assistant district attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, where he prosecuted criminal cases.

Representative Experience

  • Sony, as lead counsel, in a patent litigation that was successfully transferred from the Eastern District of Texas to the Northern District of California. The court entered a stipulated summary judgment of non-infringement following a favorable Markman decision, which was upheld on appeal at the Federal Circuit with a per curium decision. Optimum Power Solutions v. Sony Electronics (N.D. Cal., Fed. Cir.)

  • Delphi in patent litigation resulting in granted summary judgment of invalidity of four separate patents in favor of client. Automotive Technologies International v. Delphi et al. (E.D. Mich.)

  • Sony in patent litigation resulting in granted summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of client. The ruling, argued by Mr. Hutchins, was affirmed on an appeal. Intellectual Science and Technology v. Sony Electronics (E.D. Mich., Fed. Cir.)

  • Intervet in patent litigation resulting in granted summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of client. Intervet v. Merial et al. (D.C.D.C.)

  • GE Healthcare in a false advertising case concerning x-ray contrast agents. District court found in favor of GE Healthcare after trial on its false advertising counterclaim. Bracco Diagnostics v. Amersham Health (D.N.J.) 

  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his charitable foundation in a copyright litigation resulting in dismissed copyright infringement claims against client. Ottis v. Fisher-Price et al. (D. Neb.)

  • Fisher-Price and Mattel in a patent litigation trial that resulted in the court finding that Kenyon client’s did not infringe LeapFrog’s patent, and that the patent was invalid.  The ruling was affirmed on appeal. LeapFrog Enterprises v. Fisher-Price et al. (D. Del., Fed. Cir.) 

Select Publications

  • “Federal Circuit Refines Standard for Analogous Art,” Law360, May 18, 2011.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Registered Patent Attorney: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office