John P. Schnurer

Co-Chair, Section 337 Investigations Practice at Perkins Coie LLP

John P. Schnurer

John P. Schnurer

Co-Chair, Section 337 Investigations Practice at Perkins Coie LLP

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John Schnurer is a partner in the firm's Patent Litigation practice and co-chair of the firm's Section 337 Investigations practice. He litigates and tries cases in courts throughout the country, including Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), including eight jury trials and nineteen bench trials, six of which were patent trials at the ITC.

He is recognized as a premier intellectual property strategist, particularly with respect to the development and execution of global patent litigation strategies. John also provides strategic intellectual-property counseling, including advice on patent infringement, validity, reexaminations and large-portfolio due diligence studies, whether for acquisitions, licensing, or pre-suit purposes. He achieves optimum results by partnering with his clients to devise and execute customized legal strategies that are consistent with his clients' tactical and strategic business objectives. His experience as a former electrical engineer complements his legal practice.

John has represented and currently represents Taiwanese, Korean and Chinese companies in patent litigation, such as HTC, ASUS, SK Hynix, Largan Precision and O-Net Communications Group. He wins and does so cost-effectively. He was lead counsel for ASUS in three cases against IBM, one of which IBM brought before the ITC (337-TA-628)— a patent case concerning products implementing power supplies, thermal management and network address port translation. His efforts resulted in a win at trial with the initial determination (ALJ Essex) finding no infringement. The Commission decided not to review the initial determination, which became final. Additionally, he is lead counsel for HTC in three cases against FlashPoint Technology, Inc., a spin-off of Apple’s Image Capture Division, two of which FlashPoint brought before the ITC (337-TA-850 and 337-TA-726). The 726 investigation concerned various camera functionalities in HTC smartphones. His efforts resulted in a win at trial, with the initial determination (ALJ Luckern) finding no infringement, no domestic industry and one of the patents invalid due to on-sale commercial activities. Significantly, other respondents including Nokia and RIM settled shortly before trial, and LG settled after trial but prior to the initial determination, each paying substantial licensing fees. The Commission affirmed the initial determination and also found that HTC had an implied license to practice the asserted patents for its Windows-based products. FlashPoint appealed the Commission’s determination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which affirmed the Commission’s decision in favor of HTC less than a week after oral arguments.

John has participated in over twenty-five Section 337 investigations and litigated the merits of nineteen of those investigations for the primary respondent or the complainant. Of the remaining Section 337 investigations he has participated in, he has represented a customer-respondent or third party in responses to subpoenas.

John previously served as an attorney with the U.S. Air Force and as a special assistant U.S. attorney with the Department of Justice representing the United States on a wide range of matters, including criminal, government contracts, procurement, environmental, real estate, health care, medical malpractice, taxation and international matters. John also supervised criminal trial attorneys and first-chaired numerous felony jury and bench trials and civil lawsuits involving environmental, medical malpractice and other tort causes of action.

Professional Recognition

* Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Future Litigation Star
* Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2013
* Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, 2012 - 2013
* Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, Litigation Bronze Band, 2012 - 2013
* Named "Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators in California," in the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journals, 2011
* Named "Top Intellectual Property Attorney" in the San Diego Daily Transcript, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012
* Listed as a "California Super Lawyer" in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009 - 2013

Professional Leadership

* ITC Trial Lawyers Association, Member
* San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

Related Employment

* Fish & Richardson, San Diego, CA, Principal, 2004 - 2010
* Fish & Richardson, San Diego, CA, Associate, 2001 - 2003
* U.S. Air Force and Department of Justice, 1997 - 2001
* Advanced Linear Devices, Electrical Engineer (low-voltage high-speed analog integrated circuits), 1993 - 1996

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JD
Class of 1996

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.

BS in Electrical Engineering
Class of 1993

Harvey Mudd College (HMC) is a private residential undergraduate science and engineering college in Claremont, California. It is one of the institutions of the contiguous Claremont Colleges which share adjoining campus grounds. Harvey Mudd College shares university resources such as libraries, dining halls, health services and campus security with the other Claremont Colleges, although each college is independently managed, with their own faculty, board of trustees, endowment, and admissions procedures. Students at Harvey Mudd College may take classes (acceptable for academic credit at Harvey Mudd College) at the other four undergraduate Claremont colleges.

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Perkins Coie Ventures focuses on investments in including emerging companies in the life sciences, Internet, software, digital media, hardware, telecommunications and clean technology sectors.

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Perkins Coie Ventures focuses on investments in including emerging companies in the life sciences, Internet, software, digital media, hardware, telecommunications and clean technology sectors.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the California Bar
Admitted to the Texas Bar
Court Admission: US District Court, Southern District of Texas
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