John's career in IP law began as a Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The date coincided with the first lunar landing, aptly anticipating the launching of his future practice into the global arena. Today, his clientele base extends to many countries around the world. An extensive, ongoing travel schedule helps maintain his contact with clients, a network of foreign associates, and multiple international professional associations.
John is well versed in the newly adopted procedures of the America Invents Act and keeps abreast of the regulations in foreign IP law, particularly changes to the laws in Japan, China, India and the countries of the European Union.
•Best Lawyers in America since 2010
•Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, 2014 - Copyright Law
•Named to Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite list for 2015
Speaking & Writing
John is a long-standing member of the IP Practice in Japan Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and has served for two years as its chair. He also contributes regularly to the International Trademark Association, currently as editor of the State Trademark Law, a publication for the state of South Carolina. John has chaired and moderated sessions for INTA, FICPI and AIPLA, both in the US and abroad. He has recently spoken in South Carolina on the topic of E-Discovery in Federal Cases and is an author of Obtaining Electronic Data, both on behalf of the National Business Institute.
Outside Nexsen Pruet
John always enjoys a round of golf, and he regularly plays with colleagues and foreign associates in the FOG Tournament preceding the annual INTA meeting. Japan is his favorite venue for golf, especially the courses near Mount Fuji.