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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 well over a decade.


Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Copyright: 30%
    15 years
  2. Patent Infringement: 30%
    20 years
  3. Patent Application: 20%
    20 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 15%
    20 years
  5. Copyright Application: 5%
    20 years



Hourly ($350-450/hour), contingent (33-45%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Whitaker Law Group

1218 Third Ave.
Suite 1809
Seattle, WA, 98101


GATerminated - Nonpayment of Dues199808/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Commandant's List (top 20%)Judge Advocate General's School2010
Highest Class Standing-Contract and Fiscal LawJudge Advocate General's School2010
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Curia HonorisCumberland School of Law1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge AdvocateUnited States Army2009 - Present
PrincipalWhitaker Law Group2005 - Present
AttorneyLee & Hayes, PLLC2003 - 2005
AttorneyMerchant & Gould An Intellectual Property Law Firm2001 - 2003
AttorneyChristensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC1999 - 2001
AttorneyJones & Askew1997 - 1999
AttorneyLanier Ford Shaver & Payne1996 - 1997
Legal externHonorable Edward S. Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit1995 - 1995
Missle Systems EngineerTeledyne Brown Engineering1990 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. Supreme CourtMember2016 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of TexasMember2014 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonMember2013 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of TexasMember2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WisconsinMember2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WisconsinMember2011 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)Member2011 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2010 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember2009 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember1999 - Present
Federal Circuit Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitMember1997 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of AlabamaMember1996 - Present
Bainbridge Island Girls Lacrosse AssociationPast President2006 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
David Ford v. Sir Mix-A-LotOngoing
Radio Systems, Inc. v. LalorJury verdict in favor of client
Alpi International v. Dollar TreeFavorable settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
XBiz WorldTendering Copyright Infringement Claims To Your Insurance Company2016
The Spokesman-Review‘Elf-Man’ download lawsuits target Spokane residents2014
Copyright Infringement AdvisorOpen Wi-Fi Not Negligent2012
Copyright Infringement Law BlogCopyright Infringement Advisor2011
U.S. Patent 6,263,278Graphically Altering A Pre-Calculated Route2001
U.S. Patent 6,182,008Ordering Destinations Along a Route Using a Shortest Line Approximation2001
Cumberland Law ReviewWrongful Death and Double Jeopardy1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyMilitary LawN/A2010
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Alabama - HuntsvilleElectrical EngineeringB.S.E.E.1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Artists' RoundtableCopyright Issues for Artists2010