John D. Murnane

John D. Murnane


Partner, New York

John Murnane has over 35 years of experience as a litigator in patent and trade secret cases. He has appeared as lead counsel in such matters since 1986, representing clients in federal trial courts throughout the United States, in the International Trade Commission and before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

John has represented many companies in complex litigations involving patents in a variety of fields. Since the early 1990’s, he has advised and represented pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in numerous matters, including litigations involving doxycycline, mutated enzymes, hormone replacement therapy, Abilify®, Sensipar®, and Plavix®. He has also been lead counsel in cases involving patents in the fields of aramid fiber products, catalyzed reactions, cellulose processing, permanent press resins, truck tires, hydrocarbon processing and building materials.

In addition to litigation, John has an extensive practice in patent counseling, opinion work, patent reexaminations, and licensing and has been responsible for supervising the patent prosecution of several major corporations. In 1997, Governor George E. Pataki appointed him to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, where he continues to serve. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University from 1989 to 1993 and at Hofstra University from 1986 to 1989. He is a past president of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association.

John is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Chair of the Chemicals Practice Group.

What Others Say
  • “He has excellent insight and gets to the core issues quickly” (Managing Intellectual Property - IP Stars 2013-2015)
Representative Matters
  • Represented JVL Ventures as Intellectual Property advisor in connection with mobile commerce agreements and patent litigations.
  • Represented Amgen and Brigham & Women's Hospital against Teva and Barr in litigation on patents covering the calcimimetic Sensipar® for treating hyperparathyroid and carcinoma conditions.
  • Represented Otsuka against Apotex, Teva, Barr, Sandoz, Sun and Synthon in litigation on patent covering the antipsychotic Abilify®.
  • Represented Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb against Apotex, Dr. Reddy's, Teva, Watson and Cobalt in litigation on patents covering Plavix®, a leading anti-thrombotic agent.
  • Defended Elk Corporation against CertainTeed in case involving roofing products patents.
  • Defended NovoNordisk against American Home Products in case involving patent on hormone replacement therapy.
  • Represented NovoNordisk against Genencor in litigation on patent covering mutated subtilysin enzymes in detergents.
  • Represented Elk Corporation against GAF in litigation on patent covering roofing products.
  • Represented Michelin against Kumho Tire in litigation on patent covering truck tires.
  • Represented Lenzing AG against Courtaulds in litigation on patent covering process for making Lyocell fibers.
  • Defended C.H. Patrick Co. against Sequa Chemicals in case involving permanent press resin patent.
  • Defended Carrier Corporation against J.T. Falk & Co. in case involving commercial air conditioning patent.
  • Defended Laboratoires Sarget against Pfizer in case involving doxycycline patent.
  • Represented Elcor Corporation against Enron in litigation on patent covering hydrocarbon gas processing.
  • Defended Dillards Department Stores against Randolph Rand Corporation in cases involving patent license dispute.
  • Represented Elcor Corporation against Union Texas Petroleum in litigation on patent covering hydrocarbon gas processing.
  • Represented Elcor Corporation against Oxy Inc. in litigation on patent covering hydrocarbon gas processing.
  • Represented Elcor Corporation against Transok in litigation on patent covering hydrocarbon gas processing.
  • Represented Hexcel against EuroComposites in trade secret case involving aramid fiber products.
  • Represented Elk Corporation against Owens Corning Fiberglas in litigation on patent covering roofing products.
  • Represented Pratt & Whitney Canada against the United States in litigation on patent covering helicopter engines.
  • Represented Ortloff Corporation against Tenneco and Gulsby in litigation on patent covering hydrocarbon gas processing.
  • Represented United Technologies Corporation against General Electric in litigation on patent covering jet aircraft engines.
  • Represented Masco Corporation against Baldwin Hardware in unfair competition case involving home furnishings.
  • Represented Masco Corporation against Globe Union Industrial Corporation in unfair competition case involving Delta® faucets.
  • Defended Thompson-Hayward Company against Rohm & Haas in case involving propanil patent.
  • Defended University of South Carolina against Great Basins Petroleum Company in case involving patent covering catalyzed hydrogenation reactions.

  • REPRESENTATIVE USPTO APPEALS
  • Ex parte Kiik et al.; Appeal 2012 – 010859; P.T.A.B. June 2, 2015
  • Ex parte Pitman et al.; Appeal 2012 – 005866; P.T.A.B. August 1, 2014
  • Ex parte Ahluwalia et al.; Appeal 2010 – 003182; B.P.A.I. January 25, 2011
  • Ex parte Ahluwalia et al.; Appeal 2010 – 004933; B.P.A.I. January 25, 2011
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