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John E. Whitaker

Copyright infringement Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.4   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 25 years
    Georgia - GA 25 years
    Alabama - AL 27 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Terminated - Nonpayment of Dues No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Copyright infringement
    30%
    John has been practicing intellectual property law his entire career. His practice has included most aspects of intellectual property protection, from patent, copyright, and trademark prosecution to the litigation of those rights.

    23 years

  2. Patent infringement
    30%
    John has been practicing intellectual property law his entire career. His practice has included most aspects of intellectual property protection, from patent, copyright, and trademark prosecution to the litigation of those rights.

    28 years

  3. Patent application
    20%
    John has been practicing intellectual property law his entire career. His practice has included most aspects of intellectual property protection, from patent, copyright, and trademark prosecution to the litigation of those rights.

    28 years

  4. Intellectual property
    15%
    John has been practicing intellectual property law his entire career. His practice has included most aspects of intellectual property protection, from patent, copyright, and trademark prosecution to the litigation of those rights.

    28 years

  5. Copyright application
    5%
    John has been practicing intellectual property law his entire career. His practice has included most aspects of intellectual property protection, from patent, copyright, and trademark prosecution to the litigation of those rights.

    28 years

John is an intellectual property litigator who handles complex litigation typically on behalf of the rights-owner.  With his engineering experience, John's background makes him acutely capable in technology-related litigation, such as patent infringement, copyright infringement, and DMCA violations.  Mr. Whitaker has been a registered patent attorney for over two decades.

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Location

Whitaker Law Group
1218 Third Ave.
Suite 1809
Seattle, WA, 98101

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Honest, Comforting. Highly recommend
Was involved with copyright infringement few years back. Having never been involved in such things and not knowing what to do, we panicked. Spoke to an attorney who wanted to meet up to do other things that would cost us more money. After speaking with John over the phone, he gave us options. John was professional, straight forward, and he gave us comfort. He kept us updated throughout the duration of the case. Everything was simple and convenient as it was all done via email or phone. His rate was fair and much cheaper than the alternative. The case is far behind us now, but John deserves this review. Will definitely use/recommend him in the future for patent, copyright and such cases. Thank you, John.
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Posted by John | January 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Honest, Straightforward, and Helpful
I was involved in a copyright infringement dispute and John was an excellent resource for me while I went through the process. He never once blew smoke and always tried to give me all the possibilities and outcomes. Highly recommended.
Posted by Michael | January 21, 2014
Sleepless in Seattle
I am very pleased with the service that i have received from Whitaker Law group. I had Mr. Whitaker review an infringement notice that was sent to me by my ISP. At first thought I was scared to death. I am thankful that they took the time to go over this with me in much detail and handle all responses to my ISP. Needless to say, I sleep much better at night.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2013
Very knowledgeable and helpful lawyer
Mr. Whitaker represented me in a copyright troll case. I could not be more pleased with the outcome and value of the services he provided.
Posted by Lawrence | January 14, 2013
I recommend John Whitaker
John handled several patent matters for me, including patent application and patent due diligence matters. John always delivered excellent work product on-time and on-budget. I highly recommend him for intellectual property matters.
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2011
Very helpful and knowledgable
I was accused of a copyright violation about a year ago. Mr. Whitaker helped me avoid the lawsuit at a very reasonable charge. I would highly recommend him for copyright work.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2013
2 months Later, he has done nothing with my case.
This attorney wasted 2 months of my time on a copy right and trademark infringment case. At the end of 2 months, he still had done nothing on my case. I then fired him and amd now being represented with a better law firm out of California. I would suggest that people seek an attorney that has more than two or three ratings.
Response from John Whitaker March 12, 2013
I am very much loathe to comment on a former client's case in a public forum, but I certainly can't let such a disparaging comment go silent. Suffice it to say that what originally looked like a copyright infringement case fairly quickly turned into an inter-personal squabble, which is something I don't handle. So I had to bow out of the representation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-600 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge Advocate
  • United States Army
  • 2009 - 2019
  • Principal
  • Whitaker Law Group
  • 2005 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Lee & Hayes, PLLC
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Merchant & Gould An Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Jones & Askew
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Attorney
  • Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Legal extern
  • Honorable Edward S. Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Missle Systems Engineer
  • Teledyne Brown Engineering
  • 1990 - 1993
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Education

  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • 2010
  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1996
  • University of Alabama - Huntsville
  • B.S.E.E.
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • David Ford v. Sir Mix-A-Lot
  • Settled
  • Radio Systems, Inc. v. Lalor
  • Jury verdict in favor of client
  • Alpi International v. Dollar Tree
  • Favorable settlement
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Associations

  • Seattle IP Inn of Court
  • Master of the Bench
  • 2019 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Bainbridge Island Girls Lacrosse Association
  • Past President
  • 2006 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers (Intellectual Property)
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Commandant's List (top 20%)
  • Judge Advocate General's School
  • 2010
  • Highest Class Standing-Contract and Fiscal Law
  • Judge Advocate General's School
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Curia Honoris
  • Cumberland School of Law
  • 1997
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Publications

  • U.S. Patent 6,263,278
  • Graphically Altering A Pre-Calculated Route
  • 2001
  • U.S. Patent 6,182,008
  • Ordering Destinations Along a Route Using a Shortest Line Approximation
  • 2001
  • Cumberland Law Review
  • Wrongful Death and Double Jeopardy
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • The World According to Section 112
  • Developments in the area of Section 112 compliance and their impact on patent prosecution
  • 2020
  • Annual IP For the Non-IP Specialist Seminar
  • IP Enforcement Strategies
  • 2019
  • Open Source Topics for Patent Practitioners
  • Open Source Licenses as Defense to Infringement
  • 2018
  • Artists' Roundtable
  • Copyright Issues for Artists
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (10)
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Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met John in a US Army (Reserve) JAG unit at JBLM. In fact, for a while, I was John's rater, and I got to know him well. I can tell you John is a good man. He works hard. He's honest. He's VERY smart. I know that the US Army JAG Corps was very interested in John's intellectual law abilities, and for good reason. I highly recommend John Whitaker."
Copyright application Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Copyright application Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a great lawyer. Practical, resourceful, tenacious. I highly recommend him."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Well respected copyright specialist and IP lawyer. Has a well respected copyright blog and is very current on the issues."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Whitaker is an outstanding attorney who provides exemplary advice on Avvo. I would recommend everyone and anyone to him for representation. Even though I have been practicing fo 24 years, as a judge, magistrate, prosecutors, and in private practice, I learn valuable new information from him every day. A superb attorney."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Other
"John is a dedicated attorney and a military officer. I attended a military training course with John where he mentored brand new military attorneys. I highly recommend John."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Other
"I know John from his answers here on AVVO. He not only has excellent technical knowledge, but also the baility to convey it to non-lawyers in language that is non-technical but does not look down to them. I endorse him."
Intellectual property Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Whitaker is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. If I needed an intelectual property attorney in WA he is the first and only attorney I would call. He is credit to the legal profession and a great attorney."
Intellectual property Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with John for over a decade and endorse him as an experienced and knowledgeable patent and intellectual property attorney. John is extremely bright and capable."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John provides outstanding service to his clients. His proven track record in the fields of intellectual property law and copyright infringement are second to none. He consistently wins his cases against the biggest corporate giants. I have asked for his expertise on a number of matters and I strongly endorse this attorney."
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