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. His clients include world-renowned companies such as Sony, Lenovo, Fisher Price, and Smiths Industries.
Mr. Hutchins has a technical background in solid-state electronic device fabrication. He worked as an Eastman Kodak Scholar for Eastman Kodak Company, where he gained experience in various packaging technologies for electronic circuitry.
Mr. Hutchins served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Gadola, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. While attending Harvard Law School, he 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 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.
- 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.)
- Fisher Price; 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.)
- “Federal Circuit Refines Standard for Analogous Art,” Law360, May 18, 2011.