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John Ferrell is a founding partner of Carr & Ferrell LLP, one of Silicon Valley's foremost technology law firms, and specializes in patent and intellectual property law matters. He is the Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Mr. Ferrell's practice focuses on helping emerging and mid-sized companies create market monopolies by organizing and leveraging intellectual property assets. In addition, Mr. Ferrell's practice includes patent opinion and litigation analysis, as well as trademark, copyright and trade secret matters. As a leading Palo Alto patent attorney, Mr. Ferrell has represented companies in a variety of fields, including semiconductors, communications, computers, software, social networking, wireless, bioengineering, and eco-engineering.

Distinguished by his demonstrated technical and legal expertise, Mr. Ferrell has been noted in the Silicon Valley Business Journal list of Who's Who in Silicon Valley and Northern California's Super Lawyers. He was also listed by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California's top Rainmakers, by San Jose Magazine as one of Silicon Valley's top Legal Eagles, and by San Francisco Magazine as one of Northern California's top lawyers. Additionally, under his leadership, the firm was recently recognized by Corporate Counsel Magazine as a "Go to Law Firm for Intellectual Property". Mr. Ferrell has received an AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® (a representation of the highest level of professional excellence). Over the past decade, Mr. Ferrell has presented and spoken about patent and intellectual property issues at both legal and technology business forums around the globe.


Practice areas


  1. Patent Application: 34%
  2. Patent Infringement: 33%
  3. Intellectual Property: 33%

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Carr & Ferrell LLP

120 Constitution Drive
Palo Alto, CA, 94025


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
California's Top RainmakersLos Angeles Daily JournalN/A
Silicon Valley's Top Legal EaglesSan Jose MagazineN/A
Northern California's Top LawyersSan Francisco MagazineN/A
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionMemberN/A
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMemberN/A
Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Patent Pro Se: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Provisional Patent ApplicationsPatent Pro Se: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Provisional Patent Applications2008
Inventor's Notebook (The Perfect Place to Store Your Great Ideas)Inventor's Notebook (The Perfect Place to Store Your Great Ideas)2004
BookProtecting Your Techknowledgy (The Entrepreneur's Guide to Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets)2003
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)Modern Forum Shopping: Does Holmes v. Vornado Give Shopping New Appeal?N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas System, AustinElectrical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Texas A&M UniversityElectrical EngineeringMA - MastersN/A
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A