John J. Cotter - K&L Gates

John J. Cotter

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 617-261-3178

Mr. Cotter concentrates his practice in patent and complex intellectual property trials and appeals.  He has tried patent cases, argued Markman hearings, and handled appeals throughout the U.S., and litigated U.S. and overseas arbitrations and court cases. His patent cases have involved technologies including HIV drugs; polymers; electronic and optical switching technology; wireless and mobile communications; medical devices and instruments; food products; software for databases, security, manufacturing and digital music systems; surgical devices; and flat panel displays.   He regularly advises clients on Hatch-Waxman related patent litigation, including ANDA infringement suits and exemptions from infringement for FDA-related activities, and counsels clients on international patent litigation strategies.

Mr. Cotter’s trademark litigation experience spans from internationally famous to regional and niche brands, and includes obtaining injunctions and seizures across the country.  In the copyright area, Mr. Cotter was trial counsel in the leading case on internet trespass, in an artists and musicians rights case which resulted in the City of Boston rescinding unconstitutional regulations, and in software copyright cases including under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Northeastern UniversitySuffolk University Law SchoolJ.D.

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Office Location

State Street Financial Center
One Lincoln Street
Boston, MA 02111-2950
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent

Other Information

Gender: Male