John L North

Partner at Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP

For more than 30 years, attorney John L North has litigated complex IP matters involving patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition. He also serves as trusted counsel to clients in patent licensing, patent portfolio strategy, pre-litigation counselling and inter partes review matters. While his litigation work focuses largely on cases based in the United States, he has been involved in sophisticated matters for clients located across the world, including in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, Israel, Italy, Germany and Taiwan. In total, he has served as lead counsel in over 100 IP disputes, and has been appointed Special Master by multiple district courts in US patent cases.

Clients and peers have recognised Mr North for his knowledge, skill and client-focused approach to the practice of law. He has been named to the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners since 2012 and holds an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr North has also been selected to the list of Best Lawyers in America for more than a decade and is a Top 100 attorney in Thomson ReutersGeorgia Super Lawyers annual publication. The IAM Patent 1000 2019 edition noted that “North has been called upon to represent clients across the globe in sophisticated litigation over his… career and is known for producing positive outcomes in the most challenging of cases”.

Mr North’s clients run the gamut from billion-dollar revenue corporations to small and mid-size businesses facing legal issues equally as important to their future. He has considerable experience working both the defence and plaintiff sides of cases, and offers traditional hourly billing as well as alternative fee arrangements.

Mr North has handled a broad range of technologies, including artificial intelligence, smart phone security, computer software and hardware, the Internet, telecommunications, chemicals, minerals, textiles, pharmaceuticals, healthcare information systems, electronic coupons, program guides, and various consumer and construction products.

Prior to joining Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, Mr North co-founded and chaired the IP group at a large international law firm.

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Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP
One Overton Park
3625 Cumberland Boulevard
Suite 1050
Atlanta GA 30339
United States

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