John Evans has consistently delivered results for clients in dozens of intellectual property matters, including summary judgment defense wins in recent high-stakes patent infringement cases.
John has handled all phases of patent litigation, from prelitigation investigations up to appeal. He has briefed and argued Markman and summary judgment, handled expert and fact depositions, served on trial teams in bench and jury trials, and authored many important briefs. Recent highlights include two summary judgment wins on behalf of accused infringers, an across the board ruling of noninfringement in one of the highest stakes design patent infringement cases in U.S. history and an early invalidity judgment at the Markman stage in a pharmaceutical patent case. He also recently won favorable claim construction rulings and successfully defeated petitions seeking institution of inter partes review.
John's technical experience in litigation matters covers many fields, including pharmaceuticals, surgical implants, flash memory, computer peripherals, digital televisions, integrated circuits, and insurance, as well as vacuum cleaner, footwear, snack, and lip balm design. Representative clients include Celgene, Daikin, Goodyear, McCain Foods, Procter & Gamble, and SharkNinja.
Before law school John obtained a Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of Michigan focusing on structural biology and X-ray protein crystallography. He solved several novel crystal structures of enzymes involved in methionine biosynthesis and homocysteine metabolism.
- October 2009Patented methods escape US export rule, coauthor, Patent World, forthcoming
- January 2009Several Healthy Steps Away: New & Improved Products in Section 337 Investigations, 8 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 309
- 2008Note, Addressing Default Trends in Patent-Based Section 337 Proceedings in the United States International Trade Commission, 106 Mich. L. Rev. 745
- September / October 2007In re Seagate: The Federal Circuit Scuttles Underwater Devices and Narrows Privilege/Immunity Waiver, reprinted in NYIPLA Bulletin
- 2006Article, Knowing When (Not) to Walk Away: Assessing Changes in the Rate of Respondents' Default in Section 337 Proceedings, 1996–2005, XXII 337 Reporter 43 (2006 Summer Associate Edition)
- 2004C. Castro, A.A. Gratson, J.C. Evans, J. Jiracek, M. Collinsova, M.L. Ludwig, T.A. Garrow, Dissecting the catalytic mechanism of betaine-homocysteine S-methyltransferase by use of intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence and site-directed mutagenesis, Biochemistry 43(18), 5441-51
- 2004Dissertation: Structures of two zinc dependent homocysteine S-methyltransferases: cobalamin-dependent methionine synthase and betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase
- 2004J.C. Evans, D.P. Huddler, M.T. Hilgers, G. Romanchuk, R.G. Matthews, M.L. Ludwig, Structures of the N-terminal modules imply large domain motions during catalysis by methionine synthase, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 101(11), 3729-36
- 2003R.G. Matthews, A.E. Smith, Z.S. Zhou, R.E. Taurog, V. Bandarian, J.C. Evans, M.L. Ludwig, Cobalamin-dependent and cobalamin-independent methionine synthases: are there two solutions to the same chemical problem?, Helv. Chim. Acta 86(12), 3939-54
- 2002J.C. Evans, D.P. Huddler, J. Jiracek, C. Castro, N.S. Millian, T.A. Garrow, M.L. Ludwig, Betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase: zinc in a distorted barrel, Structure 10(9), 1159-71
- May 30, 2012
Where the Lanham Act and the Patent Act Collide: Trade Dress and Design Patents
- University of Michigan (J.D. cum laude 2006; Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review; Ph.D. in Biophysics 2004); Colby College (B.A. in Chemistry and Physics summa cum laude 1999)
- Ohio and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, District of Colorado, and Eastern District of Texas
- Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014-2017)