John D. Livingstone, managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office, is a first-chair trial lawyer focusing on complex pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology patent litigation before U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
He also serves as lead counsel in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). John was resident in Finnegan’s Tokyo office for four years and frequently helps global clients with U.S. patent issues.
John regularly leads litigation teams in Paragraph IV patent challenges under the Hatch-Waxman Act, also known as Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation, representing leading global pharmaceutical companies to protect their major projects. He also represents innovator companies in proceedings before the ITC.
In addition to his litigation practice, John represents clients in post-grant proceedings before the PTAB and advises clients on a variety of patent matters, including strategic portfolio management and due diligence assessments in connection with mergers and acquisitions and in-licensing opportunities.
He provides opinions on patent infringement, validity, and enforceability, often as a prelude to infringement litigation. John routinely lectures about patent law, including as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law teaching a course on patent litigation.
He has written numerous legal and scientific articles and presents to national and international audiences, including the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) in Singapore and Seoul; LexisNexis in Shenzhen; Japan Licensing Executive Society (JLES) in Tokyo; Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) in Tokyo, Osaka, and Shikoku; American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Chemical Prosecution Bootcamp in Minneapolis and Houston, and Chemical Practice Group meeting in Houston; and Managing Intellectual Property’s roundtable in Tokyo.
John has been recognized as an “IP Star” in Georgia by Managing Intellectual Property since 2013. He has ranked among the top U.S. patent lawyers in Legal Media Groups Guide to the Worlds Leading Patent Law Practitioners since 2016.
- Emory University School of Law J.D., with honors, 2001
- Florida State University M.S., Biology, 1997
- Florida State University B.S., Biochemistry, 1994
- U.S. District Court, N.D. Georgia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Professional Activities :
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Georgia
- International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
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