John C. Phillips



John Phillips is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s Southern California office. He was previously with the firm from 1994-1999 and rejoined from 2001-present. His practice emphasizes client counseling, inter partes and ex parte post grant work, due diligence and freedom-to-operate investigations, patent opinions, and strategic patent prosecution with special expertise in Internet-related technologies, computer software, communications, and electronics. Mr. Phillips’ Internet and software experience includes e-commerce applications, enterprise software systems, 3D computer graphics, electronic imaging, user-interfaces, electronic messaging, methods of doing business, digital rights protection, database technology, and computer networking. His other experience includes medical device technology, telecommunications, and avionics. His clients include individuals, startups, mid-sized businesses, and large corporations.

Mr. Phillips was previously general counsel for MercExchange LLC and Navlet.com, Inc. (2000-2001), an associate and law clerk with Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto (1990-1993), a Staff Electrical Engineer with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (1988-1989) and a Research & Development Engineer with Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1985-1988).


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Areas of Practice 1) IP Licensing, 2) Patent, 3) Post-Grant, 4) Due Diligence, 5) Opinions and Strategic Counseling and 6) Patent Portfolio Management
Law School The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1992)
Education University of Michigan (B.S.,1984)
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association
Most recent firm Fish & Richardson P. C.
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