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 post grant review, and Federal and State intellectual property administrative and judicial actions. Patent filings and prosecution 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, Atmel, Autodesk, Broadcom, Cadence, Canon, Catepillar, Charles Schwab, Cirrus Logic, Cisco Systems, Dreamworks, Epson, Facebook, FireEye, Fujitsu, Hewlitt Packard, Hitachi, Intuit, KLA-Tencor, Knowles, Kodak, LSI Logic, Marvell Technology, Mitsumi, Netgear, Olivetti, Oracle, Polycom, Philips, Plantronics, Princess Cruise Lines, Proofpoint, Ricoh, Rohm Semiconductor, Ruckus Wireless, SDL, Seagate, Sega, Seiko Systems, Silver Peak, Sonos, Sony, Sutter Health, Swagelock, Synnex, Technogym, VIA Technologies, vArmour, VMware, 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

Intellectual Property (50%)
Intellectual Property Litigation (50%)

Intellectual Property (50%)

Intellectual Property Litigation (50%)


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Super Lawyers: 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2014

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About John Ferrell

Admitted: 1991, California

Professional Webpage:


  • AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Northern California's Top Lawyers
  • Silicon Valley's top Legal Eagles
  • California's top Rainmakers
  • Who's Who in Silicon Valley

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Northern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Court
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Band Member, The Band of Angels

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

Educational Background:

  • B.S.E.E., University of Texas at Austin, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu
  • M.S.E.E., Texas A&M University
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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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