John F. Bennett

Counsel


Practice Areas:

John is an accomplished patent litigator who also has extensive experience with cases involving trademark, copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, data security incidents, and other intellectual property claims. In addition, John has experience handling complex business litigation. John’s success in complex litigation is the result of meticulous preparation and persuasion through effective communication. His experience covers a wide range of technologies, and he has represented clients in matters before federal district courts throughout the U.S., including the largest patent multidistrict litigation in history. John is the chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s IP Litigation Committee, and he speaks and writes regularly on a variety of intellectual property topics.  John has been repeatedly listed as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star as well as rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Saint Thomas

    (B.A. Political Science, cum laude, 1996)

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law

    (J.D., 2001)
    Moot Court, Best Overall, 1999 Anderson Publishing Moot Court Competition; Moot Court, Best Brief, 1999 Anderson Publishing Moot Court Competition; George A. Dornette Professional Responsibility Award

Admissions

State of Ohio

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Experience

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to Internet communications technologies—case settled on confidential terms (Arunachalam v. Axcess Financial Services, Inc., D. Del. Case No. 1:13-cv-01335; Axcess Financial Services, Inc. v. Pi-Net International, Inc., SD Ohio Case No. 14-cv-00319).
  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to computer forensics technologies—after a trial, the ITC found no violation (In the Matter of Certain Computer Forensic Devices and Products Containing the Same, International Trade Commission, Case No. 337-TA-799).
  • Defended accused infringer in largest multidistrict litigation in U.S. history against patent claims involving portfolio of more than 50 patents relating to automated call distributors, interactive voice response products, computer telephone integration, and speech recognition—case settled on confidential terms (In re Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation, CD California Case No. 2:07-ml-01816).
  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to DVD scene selection menus—case settled on confidential terms after favorable jury trial (Patent Harbor, LLC v. Audiovox Corporation, ED Texas, Case No. 6:10-cv-00361).
  • Represented patent owner against accused infringer related to food packaging technology in declaratory judgment action—case settled on confidential terms during jury trial (Huhtamaki, Inc. v. PWP Industries, Inc., SD Ohio, Case No. 1:09-cv-795).
  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to on-hold music telephone systems—obtained summary judgment of no liability (Info-Hold, Inc. v. Muzak Holdings LLC, et al., SD Ohio, Case No. 1:11-cv-283).
  • Defended accused infringers against patent claims related to DVD technology—case settled on confidential terms (TV Interactive Data Corporation v. Sony Corporation, et al., ND California, Case No. 5:10-cv-00475).
  • Represented trade secret owner against former employee for alleged trade secret misappropriation and breach of noncompete agreement—obtained permanent injunction after trial (DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc. v. Pam Brown, Hamilton County, Ohio, Case No. A0702962).
  • Defended accused infringers in multidistrict litigation against patent claims related to lip-syncing automation in video games (case is ongoing—McRO, Inc., dba Planet Blue v. Codemasters USA Group, et al., D. Del. Case Nos. 1:13-cv-01017 and 1:13-cv-1756).
  • Defended accused infringer in multidistrict litigation against patent claims related to transportation logistics technologies (case is ongoing—R+L Carriers, Inc. v. Pegasus Transtech Corp., SD Ohio Case No. SD OH, 1:09-cv-00177-SJD).
  • Represented accused infringer in dispute concerning alleged indemnity obligations arising from patent case—case settled on confidential terms (Kroger Co. v. Ateb, SD Ohio, Case No. 1:2009-cv-00196).
  • Represented patent owner against accused infringers related to networking and medical practitioner verification technologies—case settled on confidential terms (Medversant Technologies, LLC v. Morrisey Associates, Inc., CD California Case No. 2:09-cv-05031).
  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to technologies for monitoring traffic information over a network—case settled on confidential terms (Cincinnati Bell Inc. v. Traffic Information LLC, Oregon, Case No. 3:10-cv-01453).
  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to interactive video networks—case settled on confidential terms (EON Corp. IP Holdings, LLC v. T-Mobile USA, Inc. et al., ED Texas, Case No. 6:10-cv-00379).
  • Defended accused infringers against patent claims related to vehicle status reporting systems—cases settled on confidential terms (Arrivalstar S.A. et al v. Trailer Bridge, Inc. et al., MD Florida, Case No. 8:09-cv-01307; Cincinnati Bell, Inc. v. Arrivalstar S.A., SD of Ohio, Case No. 1:11-cv-00274).
  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to Internet technologies—case settled on confidential terms (GeoTag v. Medicine Shoppe, ED of Texas Case No. 2:11-cv-404).
  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to telephone encryption technologies—case settled on confidential terms (ISwitch, LLC v. Cincinnati Bell Inc., ED Texas, Case No. 6:12-cv-118).
  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to technologies allowing secure financial transactions over a network—case settled on confidential terms (Swipe Innovations, LLC v. Elavon, Inc., ED Texas, Case No. 9:12-cv-0040).
  • Represented copyright owner of costume against accused infringers—case settled on confidential terms (Stagecraft Costuming Inc., v. Househaunters, et al., SD of Ohio Case No. 1:10-cv-00917).
  • Defended ISP against claims for accused copyright infringement—court granted motion to dismiss (Allure Jewelers, Inc. v. Ulu, et al., SD Ohio Case No. 1:12-cv-00091-MRB).
  • Represented aircraft parts supplier against company for unfair business practices related to alleged PMA misuse—case settled on confidential terms (Transicoil LLC v. Aaxico Sales Inc., et al., SD Florida Case No. 1:10-cv-24427-PAS).
  • Represented trademark owner against accused infringer—case settled on confidential terms (Situs, Inc. v. Situs Realty Corp., SD Indiana Case No. 1:09-cv-01570).
  • Represented patent owner against accused infringers related to laser technologies (case is ongoing—Newport Corporation v. Lighthouse Photonics Inc., CD California, Case No. 8:12-cv-00719).
  • Represented patent owner against accused infringer related to variable data printing technology (case is ongoing—Tesseron, Ltd. v. Punch International NV et al., MD Florida, Case No. 6:10-cv-00909).
  • Represented patent owner against accused infringer related to technology for analyzing compilations of retail sales data over a network (case is ongoing—dunnhumby USA, LLC v. emnos USA Corporation, ND Illinois Case No. 1:13-cv-00399).
  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to Internet technologies (case is ongoing— CWC v. Hugo Boss, ED Texas Case No. 6:12-cv-00674).
  • Defended accused infringer against patent claims related to technologies for recording and monitoring of call centers (case is ongoing—Verint Systems, Inc. v. CallCopy, Inc., D. Del. Case No. 1:13-cv-00562).
  • Represented copyright owner against alleged infringement related to consumer baby products—case settled on confidential terms (Kohus v. Graco Children’s Products, Inc., et al., SD Ohio Case No. 1:09-cv-503).

Publications & Presentations

Publications

  • “Patents Part I, A Primer for the General Practitioner,” Cincinnati Bar Association Report (November 2014)
  • “IP In Our Backyard,” co-author, Cincinnati Bar Association’s CincyIP Newsletter (April 2013)

Presentations

  • “Third Annual Supreme Court Roundup,” Cincinnati Bar Association (Presenter, August 2016)
  • “Software Patents: A Moving Target,” The Circuit (October 2015)
  • “Second Annual Supreme Court Roundup: 5 Cases in One Term,” Cincinnati Bar Association (August 2015)
  • “How to Use Decision Trees to Help Determine Settlement Value,” Cincinnati Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Litigation Committee (May 2015)
  • “IP Law 101: What Labor & Employment Attorneys Need to Know,” panelist, Cincinnati Bar Association (December 2014)
    “Software Patents: A Moving Target,” panelist, eKickstart program (November 2014)
  • “Supreme Court Roundup: 10 Cases in One Term,” Cincinnati Bar Association’s IP Litigation Committee (July 2014)
  • “Understanding and Managing Patent Litigation—And Why Patent Trolls Can Really Be Scary,” Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) (May 2014)
  • “Current US Legislative, Administrative and Judicial Proposals–Dealing with Trolls and Other Issues,” Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association (February 2014)
  • “Ohio Covenants Not To Compete,” Cincinnati Bar Association (April 2013)
  • “Proving Disgorgement Damages in a Copyright Infringement Case,” Cincinnati Bar Association (April 2011)

Involvement

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS 

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association (Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Committee, Chair)
  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association (Programming Committee, Member)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Sycamore High School Mock Trial Team (Coach 2012)

Honors

HONORS

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2010, 2011)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)