John S. Ferrell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Menlo Park, CA

Carr & Ferrell LLP
 | 120 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: 650-812-3408
Fax: 650-812-3444
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2014
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property (50%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (50%)
    Attorney Profile

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

    John's practice focuses on creating and defending market monopolies by organizing and leveraging intellectual property assets. Litigation emphasis includes patent infringement, patent appeals and post grant reviews, internet defamation removal and takedown, trade secret theft, cyber extortion,and other business and commercial torts. Representation includes a wide range of highly technical fields, including cybersecurity, semiconductors, communications, computer, software, social networking, wireless, bio- and eco-engineering.

    Representative clients have included: 3Com, A10 Networks, Analogix, Apple Computer, Ariat, ASG Technologies, Atmel, Autodesk, Bank of America, Broadcom, Cadence, Canon, Catepillar, Charles Schwab, Cirrus Logic, Cisco Systems, CSX, Dreamworks, Elasticsearch, Epson, Facebook, FireEye, Fonality, Fujitsu, Hewlitt Packard, Hitachi, Icon Aircraft, IDEO, Intuit, Intuitive Surgical, KLA-Tencor, Knowles, Kodak, Lam Research, Lockheed, LSI Logic, Lucent, Marvell Technology, Mitsumi, Netgear, Olivetti, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Polycom, Philips, Plantronics, Princess Cruise Lines, Proofpoint, Rambus, Raytheon, Ricoh, Rohm Semiconductor, Ruckus Wireless, SDL, Seagate, Sega, Seiko Systems, Silver Peak, Sonos, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Sutter Health, Swagelock, Synnex, Synthetic Genomics, Technogym, The Ferrero Group, Trend Micro, Urban Outfitters, VIA Technologies, vArmour, Veritas, VMware, Wells Fargo, Western Digital, and Xilinx.

    Distinguished by his demonstrated technical and legal expertise, John 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. John has received an AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® (a representation of the highest level of professional excellence). Over the past decade, John has presented on and spoken about patent and intellectual property issues, both legal and technology business forums around the globe.

    In addition to practicing law, John is an active technology investor and member of The Band of Angels, Silicon Valley's oldest seed fund organization.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Intellectual Property
    • 50%Intellectual Property Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2014

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    About John Ferrell

    Admitted: 1991, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • California's top Rainmakers
    • AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
    • Premier Intellectual Property Lawyers
    • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
    • Silicon Valley's top Legal Eagles
    • Who's Who in Silicon Valley
    • Northern California's Top Lawyers

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State Bar of California
    • Supreme Court of California
    • California Appeals, Superior and Municipal Courts - All
    • Supreme Court of the United States
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • United States Federal Court for the Northern District of California
    • United States Federal Court for the Central District of California
    • United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States Federal Court for the Southern District of California
    • United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • United States Patent & Trademark Office
    • Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Band Member, The Band of Angels

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Monopoly Protection: The 90-Minute Guide to Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets
    • Provisional Patents: The 90-Minute Guide to Filing Your Own Provisional Application
    • Inventor's Forum, "Write and File your own Provisional Patent Application", Orange Coast College, May 14, 2010
    • "Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology", Haas School of Business, Berkeley, February 10, 2010
    • Harris & Harris Group CEO Day, Palo Alto, CA, September 25, 2008
    • Woodside Fund Clean Energy Technology Roundtable, Palo Alto, CA, September 4, 2008
    • PLI's Advanced Patent Licensing Seminar, San Francisco, CA, June 11, 2008
    • "Entrepreneurs in Biotechnology" at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, March 18, 2008
    • IP Due Diligence for Semiconductor Venture Investments, Palo Alto, CA, January 24, 2008
    • National Manufacturing Week, Chicago, IL, March 22, 2006
    • Stanford Guest Lecture, Palo Alto, CA, March 22, 2006
    • IEEE Presentation, Santa Clara, CA, April 26, 2005
    • Success By Design Conference Presentation, Providence, RI, May 5, 2005
    • SemiCon West Trade Show, San Francisco, CA, May 5, 2005

    Educational Background:

    • J.D., Santa Clara University
    • M.S.E.E., Texas A&M University
    • B.S.E.E., University of Texas at Austin, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu
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    Office Location for John S. Ferrell

    120 Constitution Drive
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Phone: 650-812-3408

    Fax: 650-812-3444

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