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John D. Simmons focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling and litigation including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and IP licenses and contracts. He has litigated cases involving a wide variety of technologies in over 25 districts throughout the United States. John also practices before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for post grant review proceedings (including inter partes reviews) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal board for oppositions and cancellation proceedings. 

     

An inventor holding patents related to instrumentation and software, John D. Simmons is an intellectual property attorney and was formerly a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington D.C., and Maryland. 

John focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling and litigation including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and IP licenses and contracts. He has litigated cases involving a wide variety of technologies, including instrumentation, gaming devices, video games, software, Internet security software/ systems, ionization systems, industrial designs, semiconductors, and medical devices. He also has extensive patent drafting, due diligence, opinion writing and licensing experience. John also practices before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for post grant review proceedings (including inter partes reviews) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal board for oppositions and cancellation proceedings. 

Prior to joining Panitch Schwarze, John was an associate and patent agent at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He was previously an executive manager at Roberts Services, Inc. and a process control engineer at John Brown Engineering & Construction. 

He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States, Supreme Court of Delaware, and United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He also is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

John was named a Pennsylvania “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters from 2010 to 2014 and selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America® starting in 2015. 

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University, where he was a member of the Eta Kappa Nu honor society of electrical engineers, and received his law degree magna cum laude from Temple University Beasley School of Law, graduating first in his class. 

 

Memberships
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2014 — Current
  • Delaware Bar Association, Member, 2014 — Current
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 2007 — Current
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member, 2006 — Current
  • PIPLA, Member, 2003 — Current
    • Vice President, 2015
    • Treasurer, 2013 — 2014
    • Board Member, 2010 — 2011
    • President, 2017 — 2018

 

Testimonials

“Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP has helped us file and get 9 patents with no problems of any kind. John Simmons is the best, most professional lawyer I have ever worked with.”

– Richard Lee, Private Inventor

Representative Litigation Matters
  • 6115187 Canada Inc. v. Samsung Techwin America et al., DDE, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Advertising Specialty Institute, Inc. v. Landmark Corporate Marketing, et al., PAED, represented defendant Landmark Corporate Marketing, trade secrets, computer fraud and contract 
  • Advertising Specialty Institute v. Trade Only Inc. Et al. represented defendant, computer fraud and abuse act and copyright infringement 
  • Alex Is The Best, LLC v. Blu Products, Inc., DDE, represented defendant Blu Products, patent infringement 
  • Aletto Brothers, Inc. v. Oscar Heyman & Brothers, Inc., SDNY, represented defendant, 
  • Alzheimer’s Institute Of America, Inc. v. Avid Radiopharmaceuticals et al., PAED, represented defendant Avid, patent infringement 
  • AMI Entertainment Network, Inc. v. A&E Television Networks, LLC, PAED, represented plaintiff, trademark infringement 
  • AMI Entertainment Network, Inc. v. Big Fish Games, Inc., PAED, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Ami Entertainment Network, LLC v. E La Carte, Inc., DDE, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Aperio Technologies, Inc. v. Olympus America Inc., et al., DDE, represented defendants, patent infringement and parallel Inter Partes Reexamination 
  • Atomizing Systems, Inc. v. True Fog USA et al., NJD, represented plaintiff, copyright infringement 
  • Brentwood Industries, Inc. v. E-Polytech Mfg Sys, LLC et al., PAED, represented plaintiff, theft of trade secrets and breach of non-disclosure agreement 
  • Brentwood Industries, Inc. v. Stinger Equipment, Inc., KYWD, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Baby Merlin Company v. Cribculture, Llc et al., INSD, represented plaintiff, trademark infringement 
  • Broadband iTV v. Hawaiian Telcom, TWC, et al. HID, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Best Energy Reduction Technologies v. Boss Controls, PAED, represented plaintiff, patent and copyright infringement and unfair competition 
  • Blackbird Tech LLC v. Hyperikon, Inc., DDE, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • BSES Limited v. LT Industries, Inc., DMD, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Candella, LLC v. Primitives by Kathy, Inc., DMN, represented defendant, copyright infringement 
  • Celgard, LLC v. Sumitomo Chemical Company, Ltd., WDNC, represented defendant, patent infringement 
  • Chia Yi Chin Jwu Enterprises Co. Ltd. v. IDEA Nuova, Inc. et al., SDNY, represented defendant, patent infringement 
  • Corporate Web Solutions Ltd. V. N. Harris Computer Corp. D/B/A Harris Computer et al., PAED, represented plaintiff, copyright infringement 
  • Crystal Image Technology, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, PAWD, represented defendant, patent infringement. 
  • DMI Sports, Inc. v. Regent Sports Corp., PAED, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Dominion Energy, Inc. Et Al v. Alstom Grid, Inc., PAED, represented plaintiffs, patent infringement 
  • E. J. Breneman v. Road Science, PAED, represented defendant, patent infringement 
  • Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. Aclara, DDE, represent defendant, patent infringement 
  • Ewing v. SA-GE Collectibles, Inc., NDTX, represented defendant, copyright and trademark infringement 
  • F2vs Technologies, LLC v. Silvair, Inc., DDE, represented defendant, patent infringement 
  • Fish Net, Inc. v. Foster and Smith, Inc. et al., PAED, represented defendant, , trademark infringement and cybersquatting 
  • Gamajet Cleaning Systems, Inc. v. Spraying Systems Co., PAED, represented plaintiff, patent and copyright infringement 
  • Gordium Innovations, LLC. v. Overture Networks, Inc., DDE, represented defendant, patent infringement 
  • Grandeye Limited v. ImmerVision, TXWD, represented defendant, , patent infringement 
  • Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. v. Sunbeam Products, Inc., VAED, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Henry Company v. Stelwagon Roofing Supply, Inc., PAED, represented plaintiff, trademark infringement 
  • Heraeus Electro-Nite Co. v. Midwest Instrument, PAED, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Heraeus Electro-Nite Co. v. Vesuvius USA Corp., PAED, represented plaintiff, patent infringement and parallel Ex Partes Reexamination 
  • Huhtamaki Inc. and Future Mold v. International Container Corp. et al., MIED, represent defendants, patent infringement 
  • International Container Corp. v. Huhtamaki Inc., DDE, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Idea Nuova, Inc. v. Tween Brands, Inc., SDNY, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Illinois Tool Works Inc. v. Ion Systems, PAED, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • ImmerVision v. CBC Co., Ltd. and CBC (America) Corp., DDE, represented plaintiff, ImmerVision, patent infringement 
  • ImmerVision v. Vivotek Corp., DNV, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Jsdq Mesh Technologies LLC v. Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. et al., DDE, patent infringement 
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. v. Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp., NDIL, represented defendant patent infringement 
  • Konami Gaming v. Lightning Gaming, NVD, represent defendant, patent infringement 
  • Lamm Rubenstone, LLC Et Al v. Lesavoy et al., PAED, represented plaintiff, stored communication act, computer theft and abuse act, and state tort claims 
  • LaserMax v. Sellmark, et al., DDE, represent plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Life Alert Emergency Response, Inc. v. Excelsis Investments, Inc. et al., DDE, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Life Alert Emergency Response, Inc. v. International Marketing Group, Inc., MOED, represented plaintiff, design and copyright infringement 
  • Lux Products Corp. v. Elementi Moderni, LLC, DDE, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Mattern & Associates v. Cozen O’Connor, PAED, represented plaintiff, Mattern & Associates, copyright infringement 
  • Mattern & Associates, LLC V. T. & G. Industries, Inc., PAED, represented plaintiff, copyright infringement 
  • Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation et al. v. Activis MidAtlantic LLC, DDE, represented plaintiff, Alyzan, Inc., patent infringement 
  • Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, et al. v. Stiefel Laboratories, Inc., TXWD, represented plaintiff, Alyzan, Inc., patent infringement 
  • Megatouch LLC v. King Digital Entertainment Plc et al., DDE, patent infringement 
  • Merit Industries, Inc. v. JVL Corp, PAED, represented plaintiff, patent infringement and parallel Ex Partes Reexamination 
  • Miller Edge, Inc. v. Aso Gmbh U. Co. Kg et al., PAED, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • MiMedx Group Inc. et al v. Liventa, et al., NDGA, represent defendant, Liventa, patent infringement 
  • New Balance Athletics, Inc. v. USA New Bunren International Co. Limited LLC, DDE, represented defendant, trademark infringement 
  • Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. V. Paladin Academy, MND, represented plaintiff, copyright infringement 
  • NorCom v. IsoVac, PAED, represent plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Patent Group v. Vesdia Corporation, EDTX, represented defendant, patent infringement 
  • Penn Emblem Company v. World Emblem International, FLSD, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Playworld v. BCI Burke, LLC, PAED, represented defendant, trade dress and trademark infringement 
  • Prism Technologies, LLC v. VeriSign, Inc. et al., DDE, represented defendant, VeriSign, Inc., patent infringement 
  • Ra Sushi Holding Corporation v. 1225 Raw, Inc., PAED, represented plaintiff, trademark infringement 
  • Robinson & Cole Llp v. Mattern & Associates, LLC, CTD, represented defendant, declaratory judgement copyright infringement 
  • Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. v. The Toro Company, PAED, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • ScriptPro, LLC v. Yuyama USA et al., KSD, represented defendants, patent infringement 
  • Skyline Toolworks Llc v. Techna Clip, LLC, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Slingmax, Inc. v. Marcal Rope & Rigging, Inc. Et al. MOED, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Source, Inc. v. Access Development, Inc. et al., EDTX, represented defendant(s), Mall Networks, patent infringement 
  • Synygy, Inc. v. ZS Associates and NovoNordisk, PAED, represented plaintiff, copyright infringement and unfair competition 
  • Synkloud Technologies, LLC v. Blu Products, Inc., DDE represented defendant, patent infringement 
  • Tabletop Media, LLC v. Ami Entertainment Network, LLC, DDE, represented defendant, declaratory judgement patent infringement 
  • T.C. Millwork, Inc. et al. v. KGM Gaming, LLC, PAED., represented defendant(s), patent infringement and state law tort claims 
  • Thomas Skold v. Galderma Laboratories, LP, et al., PAED, represent defendant, copyright and trademark infringement 
  • TuitionFund, LLC v. Suntrust Banks et al., TNMD, defendants Cartera Commerce, SunTrust Bank, and Vesdia, patent infringement and parallel Inter Partes Reexamination 
  • Viskase Companies, Inc. v. World PAC Int’l AG et al., VAED, represented defendants, patent infringement and state law tort claims 
  • Yuyama Manufacturing Company, Ltd. v. JVM Limited, DMD, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corp. v. Elite Home Fashions, LLC et al., PAED, represented plaintiff, design patent infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corp. v. Splash Home, Inc., PAED, represented plaintiff, design patent infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corporation v. Carnation Home Fashions, Inc., DDE, represented plaintiff, trademark and copyright infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corporation v. Design Home Solutions, LLC, FLSD, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corporation v. DHI Corp., WIWD, represented plaintiff, Zenith Products Corporation, patent infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corporation v. Hardware Resources, PAMD, represented plaintiff, copyright infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corporation v. Kenney Manufacturing, RID, represented plaintiff, patent and trade dress infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corporation v. LTD Commodities AVEO, DDE, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corp v. Mambate Usa Inc. DDE, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corporation v. Organize-It-All, Inc., NJD, represented plaintiff, copyright infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corporation v. Popular Bath, DDE, represented plaintiff, patent infringement 
  • Zenith Products Corp. v. Splash Home, Inc., PAED, represented plaintiff, patent and copyright infringement 
  • Zig Zag Innovations, Llc v. Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., DDE, represented defendant, patent infringement 
Representative Post-Grant Review Matters
  • CBM2014-00189 Hawaiian Telcom, Inc. v. Broadband iTV, Inc. 
  • IPR2015-01448 Funai Electric Co., Ltd. v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2015-01416 Samsung Display Co., Ltd. v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2015-01491 Funai Electric Co., Ltd. v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2015-01499 Samsung Display Co., Ltd. v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2015-01525 Toshiba Corporation v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2015-01479 Toshiba Corporation v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2015-01469 Samsung Display Co., Ltd. v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2016-00462 Toshiba Corporation v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2014-01222 Unified Patents, Inc. v. Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP 
  • IPR2015-01468 Funai Electric Co., Ltd. v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2015-01497 Toshiba Corporation v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2015-01417 Samsung Display Co., Ltd. v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2015-01452 Samsung Display Co., Ltd. v. Gold Charm Limited 
  • IPR2014-01438 Panasonic System Networks Co., Ltd. v. 6115187 CANADA INC. 
  • IPR2016-01143 Hamamatsu Corporation v. PRESIDENT & FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE 
  • IPR2016-01910 Hamamatsu Corporation v. SiOnyx, LLC 
  • IPR2017-00909 Hamamatsu Corporation v. PRESIDENT & FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE 
  • IPR2018-01006 MacSports, Inc. v. Idea Nuova, Inc. 
  • IPR2020-00179 LG Electronics Inc. v. ImmverVision, Inc. 
  • IPR2020-00195 LG Electronics Inc. v. ImmerVision, Inc. 
Representative Inter Partes Reexaminations Corresponding to Co-Pending Litigations
  • 95/001,606 TuitionFund, LLC v. Cartera Commerce, Inc. and Vesdia Corporation, et al. 
  • 95/001,604 TuitionFund, LLC v. Cartera Commerce, Inc. and Vesdia Corporation, et al. 
  • 95/001,601 TuitionFund, LLC v. Cartera Commerce, Inc. and Vesdia Corporation, et al. 
  • 95/001,226 Chia Yi Chin Jwu Enterprise Co., Ltd. v. Idea Nuova, Inc., et al. 
  • 95/000,518 Aperio Technologies Inc. v. Olympus America Inc. et al. 
  • 95/000,517 Aperio Technologies Inc. v. Olympus America Inc. et al. 
  • 95/000,516 Aperio Technologies Inc. v. Olympus America Inc. et al. 
  • 95/000,421 T.C. Millwork, Inc. and A.C. Coin and Slot Service Co., Inc. v. KGM Gaming LLC 
  • 95/000,420 T.C. Millwork, Inc. and A.C. Coin and Slot Service Co., Inc. v. KGM Gaming LLC 
  • 95/000,296 Datalogic Scanning, Inc. v. Metrologic Instruments, Inc. 
  • 95/000,289 Datalogic Scanning, Inc. v. Metrologic Instruments, Inc. 
  • Named a Pennsylvania “Rising Star,” 2010 — 2016, by Thomson Reuters, publishers of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Named a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer,” 2018 — present, by Thomson Reuters, publishers of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Intellectual Property, 2015 — present

John enjoys his volunteer work and is currently a member of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a program which provides pro-bono and low-cost legal assistance, educational programs and business counseling to artists and arts and cultural organizations. He is also President of the Opal Dewey Beach Condominium Association. 

John D. Simmons and a friend on a boat John D. Simmons smiles while driving his boat

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