John Weldon Harbin

John Harbin

has more than 25 years of trial experience in intellectual property and complex business cases, having tried more than 30 jury and bench trials in jurisdictions around the country, as well as at the ITC and in several arbitrations. He has litigated patent, trade secret, licensing, copyright, and trademark/trade dress disputes. Mr. Harbin has represented clients from Fortune 100 to start-up companies, involving several different business segments and sciences, including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, aerospace technology, industrial equipment and processes, medical devices, and biotechnology.

Mr. Harbin has argued appeals before numerous federal and state appellate courts, including the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Georgia Court of Appeals.


Co-author with Suzanne Smith Williams, “What’s the Fuss? Patent Litigation and Reform Efforts Today,” The Atlanta Lawyer, (March 2009)

Selected Speaking Engagements

Speaker, AIPLA Corporate Counsel Committee webinar, on “International Trade Secret Protection,” March, 2014

Speaker, SEMDA Conference, on “IP Issues Facing Medical Device Companies,” March, 2012

Speaker, AIPLA’s Spring Meeting, on “Copyright in the Quiver of Unfair Competition Claims,” March, 2009

Panel moderator, 15th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute, Dominican Republic, November, 2009

Panel moderator, Damages Issues in IP, Atlanta Bar IP Section’s May, 2009 Springposium

Speaker, 14th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute, Mexico, on trade secret issues, November, 2008

Panelist, “IP Issues in Employment,” Georgia State Bar’s 18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute, Atlanta, Georgia, December, 2008

Speaker, 13th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute, Puerto Rico, on patent reform efforts, November, 2007


American Bar Association, Patent, Trademark & Copyright Section

State Bar and Atlanta Bar Intellectual Property Sections (founding board member of Atlanta Bar’s Section)

American Intellectual Property Law Association

American Arbitration Association, Panel of Commercial and Intellectual Property Arbitrators

Atlanta Bar Association (prior board member and past Chair of Litigation Section Board)

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Past President, Board of Directors

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Energy Intellectual Property , 2) Health IT and EHRs , 3) Healthcare Industry , 4) Section 337 Investigations , 5) Intellectual Property , 6) Patents , 7) Pharma Intellectual Property , 8) Trade Secrets & Non-Compete , 9) Trademarks/False Advertising and 10) Copyright
Law School J.D., University of Virginia
Admitted Year 1984
Education B.A., cum laude, University of Georgia
Bar Member / Association State bar of Georgia
Most recent firm King & Spalding LLP
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