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John provides clients with counseling and strategy concerning the procurement of patents and trademarks. He has extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution in both of these areas. John focuses on complex litigation matters that include patents.

John has successfully handled a diverse range of federal and state litigation claims on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of patents, copyrights, trade secrets, product configuration and trademarks. His experience includes managing cases that involve international and multi-national litigation. In addition, John has provided numerous opinions in patent and trademark matters.  He has participated and led teams at trial and Markman hearings in federal courts, and he has argued successfully before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The past few years, John has led teams in disputes involving both multiple lawsuits and multiple Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

John was previously a featured speaker at a Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association meeting where he gave a presentation titled “The State of Patent Law and Possible Upcoming Changes.”

John began working in intellectual property as a Patent and Trademark Coordinator at Bailey Controls in 1985. He began his career as an attorney with Jones Day from 1989-1993. John has served on the Firm’s Management Committee since 2010 and Executive Committee since 2006. 

Honors & Recognitions

Chambers USA, Intellectual Property, 2018

The Best Lawyers in America©Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2012-2019

"IP Star," Managing Intellectual Property Magazine


J.D., cum laude, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1989

B.S. in Electronic Technology, cum laude, Bowling Green State University, 1985

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

Chair, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's IP Advisory Council

American Bar Association

Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA)

Board Vice President and Chair of the Governance Committee, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

News & Events


Licensed In

  • Ohio 
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

“John Cipolla is held in ‘very high regard’ by fellow practitioners, who note his extensive experience representing IP litigation, appellate work and before the PTAB. His practice includes advising on product configuration, trade secrets and wider patent and trademark matters.”

As quoted in the Chambers USA research report

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