John V. Picone III

John V. Picone III

John V. Picone III is Hopkins & Carley's Deputy Managing Shareholder and, the Co-chair of the Litigation Department and Chair of its Intellectual Property Litigation Practice.  He is a trial lawyer with a primary focus on complex litigation cases, including:

  • Patent
  • Trademark
  • Copyright
  • Trade secrets
  • Tech-centric civil and criminal litigation

John has significant experience with a wide variety of technologies, such as semiconductors, software and programming languages, encryption, cellular/wireless, mining equipment and processes, avionics, optics and e-commerce.

Prior to joining Hopkins & Carley, Mr. Picone was a Principal in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Fish & Richardson P.C. and was the firm’s National Pro Bono Chair. 

He also served as an extern for the Honorable Leslie J. Tchaikovsky, Ninth District Bankruptcy Court (1994), was a San Benito County Panel Public Defender (2000-02), lead special prosecutor, San Benito County District Attorney’s Office (2002-09), and Special Counsel for the Santa Clara County Public Defender (2015-Present).  His other experience includes decorated military service of more than twenty years as a Naval Aviator stationed at the Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, California, flying the U.S. Navy’s P-3 “Orion” aircraft.

  • PACE Anti-Piracy v. Inside Secure (Encryption software)
  • Broadcom v. SpaceX (Satellite Internet RFICs)
  • Sada v. Verifone (e-commerce payment systems)
  • Applied Micro Circuits Corporation v. LSI (System-on-Chip architecture)
  • e.Digital v. Patriot Memory (Flash memory)
  • Fresenius v. QMS Software (Dialysis software)
  • Profectus Technology v. Huawei Technologies (Digital picture frames)
  • FLSmidth v. Beumer Corp. (Trademark infringement)
  • DCG Systems v. Checkpoint Technologies (Optical semiconductor inspection equipment)
  • Brandywine v. BAIS (DSL technology)
  • EON v. U.S. Cellular et al. (Wireless data & voice technology)
  • K&N v. Spectre Racing (Automotive air intake & filtration systems)
  • Metso Minerals v. FLSmidth (Mineral processing equipment)
  • Trek v. Patriot Memory (USB memory)
  • Uniloc v. Unity SF et al. (Product activation software)
  • Tessera v. Patriot Memory (DRAM)
  • Krebs Engineers v. Cooper Cameron et al. (Cyclonic material separators)
  • Callaway Golf v. Acushnet (Multi-layer golf balls)
  • AVID Mktg., Inc. v. Banfield et al. (RFID)
  • Data Encryption Corporation v. Microsoft (Kernel-based operating system encryption)
  • HyperPhrase Technologies v. Microsoft (Office XP “smart tags”)
  • Honeywell International, Inc. Sandel Avionics, Inc. (Avionics hardware & software)
  • Wentworth Laboratories v. Probe 2000 (Cobra-head IC tester assemblies)
  • Measurement Computing Corporation National Instruments/SoftWIRE Technology (Graphical programming)
  • Cognex Corp. v. National Instruments Corp. (Machine vision hardware & software)
  • Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories v. Kana Communications (e-CRM software)


  • San Jose State University Global Leadership Advancement Center, Board Member
  • Intellectual Property Section of the Santa Clara Bar Association, Executive Committee, 2004-Present
  • Labor and Employment Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, Executive Committee, Board Member 1996-2000
  • Easter Seals of the Central Coast of California, Member of the Board of Directors 1996-2004
  • State Bar of California (1996)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • J.D., Santa Clara University, Emery Scholar, B.T. Collins Scholar, Santa Clara Law Review
  • M.A. (summa cum laude),  Political Science, San Jose State University, Pi Sigma Alpha
  • B.A. (Faculty Honors), Philosophy, Trinity College (Connecticut)

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