John's focus is primarily on complex litigation matters that include patents. John has extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution in all areas of intellectual property. He also provides clients with counseling and strategy concerning the procurement of patents and trademarks. In addition, John has provided numerous opinions in patent and trademark matters.
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. 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.
Since 2007, John has been recognized for his work in Intellectual Property by Chambers USA. In 2020, John was ranked in Band 1 for Intellectual Property in Ohio. Chambers USA 2020 notes, "John Cipolla receives notable acclaim for his broad contentious and noncontentious practice while being particularly 'well respected for his work in patent litigation.' Clients hold him in high regard, stating, 'Our interaction with him has been amazing, and his overall performance is very good.'"
In 2019, clients told Chambers USA researchers that John “is thorough, knowledgeable and brings good ideas to the table."
Chambers USA previously reported “John Cipolla is held in ‘very high regard’ by fellow practitioners, who note his extensive experience representing clients in IP litigation, appellate work and before the PTAB. His practice includes advising on product configuration, trade secrets and wider patent and trademark matters.”
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, Band 1, 2007-2020
The Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Patent Law, 2012-2020
"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)
President, Board of Directors, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Cleveland