John M. GuaragnaPartner
Texas Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology practice
John Guaragna focuses on patent litigation and other technology and intellectual property disputes.
John has successfully represented clients at trial in patent, trademark and antitrust cases in district courts throughout the United States, as well as in the International Trade Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. John's recent experience includes the representation of Dell, HP, Home Depot, Honeywell, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nike, Motorola, NetApp, Oracle, Panasonic, Toshiba, Subaru, Samsung, Walmart and others in various intellectual property matters.
John has significant experience handling patent cases in Texas district courts, including in the Western District of Texas and the Eastern District of Texas where he is admitted to practice and has handled over 250 patent cases. John's recent experience in the Western District of Texas includes more than 115 patent cases before Judge Alan Albright. John also leads Judge Albright's attorney Working Group, which helps Judge Albright evaluate and update his local rules for patent cases.
John also has extensive experience relating to the intersection between patent law and antitrust law, including a three-month antitrust trial before the Federal Trade Commission. He also has handled various trademark, trade secret, copyright and indemnity disputes.
- Neonode v. Samsung. Defending Samsung in patent infringement action relating to computer hardware pending before Judge Albright in the W.D. Tex.
- Speech Transcription v. Oracle. Defending Oracle in patent infringement action relating to computer hardware pending before Judge Albright in the W.D. Tex.
- Ozmo v. Dell. Defending Dell in patent infringement action relating to computer hardware pending before Judge Albright in the W.D. Tex.
- Ameranth v. Starwood and Hilton. Defending Starwood and Hilton in patent infringement action relating to Internet software. The case is pending in the S.D. Cal. before Judge Sabraw, but is stayed pending resolution of the appeal in a related case where the asserted patent was held invalid.
- Xitronix v. KLA-Tencor. Successfully defended KLA in a Walker Process antitrust matter relating to allegations of fraud in the prosecution of a KLA patent. The case was pending in the W.D. Tex. before Judge Sam Sparks, who granted summary judgment in favor of KLA in August 2016, finding no fraud on the patent office. After initially transferring the appeal to the Fifth Circuit (which concluded it did not have jurisdiction and transferred the case back), the Federal Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of KLA in 2019. The Supreme Court subsequently denied cert in 2019.
- Click-to-Call v. Oracle et al. Defended Oracle and others in patent infringement action relating to call-center technology. The case was pending before Judge Sam Sparks in the W.D. Tex., but was stayed pending IPR. The USPTO found all asserted claims invalid in the IPRs. The case settled favorably while on appeal in 2018.
- Blackbird v. lululemon. Defended lululemon in patent infringement action relating to sports attire. The case was pending in the D. Del. before Judge Richard G. Andrews who granted summary judgment of non-infringement as to all asserted claims in June of 2017. The case settled favorably shortly after the summary judgment was affirmed on appeal.
- Snyders Heart Valve v. Medtronic. Defended Medtronic in patent infringement action relating to heart valve technology pending in the E.D. Tex. before Judge Mazzant. The case settled favorably in May of 2017.
- A PTY LTD v. HomeAway. Defended HomeAway in a patent infringement matter relating to email software. The case was pending in the W.D. Tex. before Judge Robert L. Pitman, who granted judgment on the pleadings in March 2016, finding the patent invalid under section 101.
- St. Isidore v. Southside Bank and Texas Capital Bank. Defended Southside and Texas Capital in patent infringement action relating to computer security. The case was pending in the E.D. Tex. before Judge Rodney Gilstrap, but settled following institution of CBMs on all asserted claims in July 2016.
- TMS v. Overhaul Group. Defended Overhaul in trade secret misappropriation action in Travis County, Texas. The case settled favorably following mediation in April 2016.
- GroupChatter v. Itron. Defended Itron in patent infringement action relating to electronic metering technology. After successfully moving to transfer Itron from the E.D. Tex. to the N.D. Ga., the case settled soon after transfer in 2016.
- In the Matter or Certain Television Tuners et al. (337-TA-910) Defended Silicon Labs in International Trade Commission action by Complainant CrestaTech alleging infringement of patents relating to TV tuners. The case was pending before ALJ Lord who issued an Initial Determination of no violation by Silicon Labs. The Commission's Final Determination, in September 2015, similarly found no violation by Silicon Labs.
- Enzo Life Sciences v. Luminex. Defended Luminex in patent infringement action relating to clinical diagnostic technology pending before Judge Stark in the D. Del. The case settled after the Markman hearing in July 2015.
- In the Matter of Certain Integrated Circuits, Chipsets and Products Containing Same, including Televisions. Defended Zoran in International Trade Commission action by Freescale relating to memory interface technology. The case was pending before ALJ Robert K. Rogers and resulted in the Commission finding of no violation in September 2012.
- Acqis LLC v. Oracle America et al. Defended Oracle America (formerly Sun Microsystems) in a multi-defendant patent infringement case pending before Judge Leonard Davis in the E.D. Tex. The case involved allegations of infringement of numerous patents asserted against blade server technology. The case proceeded through a Markman hearing and expert discovery with Oracle settling shortly before the pretrial conference in late 2010.
- Blackboard v. Desire2Learn. Led the defense of Desire2Learn against allegations of patent infringement relating to eLearning software in the E.D. Tex., D. Md. and in the International Trade Commission. The cases settled in late 2009 after Desire2Learn prevailed on a rare motion to stay the ITC proceeding in its early stages.
- Horizon Radiology v. McKesson. Successfully defended McKesson at trial in a multi-billion dollar trademark infringement case before Judge David Hittner in federal court in Houston. Selected to replace existing counsel in the months leading up to trial in early 2009, we prevailed in establishing no likelihood of confusion before a Houston jury.
- Broadcom v. QUALCOMM. Defended QUALCOMM against allegations of misconduct arising out of standard setting activity involving QUALCOMM's patented technology. The case settled during the week before trial in early 2008.
- Crossroads v. Dot Hill Systems. Led the trial team representing Crossroads in a patent infringement relating to Crossroads storage route pending before Judge Sam Sparks in the W.D. Tex. On the first day of trial in late 2006, Dot Hill agreed to pay Crossroads US$10.5 million in past damages and a 2.5 percent running royalty.
- In the Matter of Rambus Inc. Defended Rambus at trial before the Federal Trade Commission in a matter alleging antitrust and unfair competition arising out of standard setting activity involving Rambus's patented technology. After a three-month trial in the summer of 2004, Rambus won a complete victory before the FTC Administrative Law Judge – a result that was later affirmed on appeal to the D.C. Circuit.
- J.D., University of San Diego 1998
Order of the Coif, cum laude
- B.A., Villanova University 1990
- Chambers USA
- Band 4, Texas Intellectual Property (2017-2023)
- Band 3, Texas Intellectual Property (2012-2016)
- The Legal 500 United States
- Recommended, Patent Litigation: Full Coverage (2019-2021)
- "Stays pending inter partes review: the first year," Intellectual Property and Technology News, 26 Mar 2014
- "America Invents Act: will the joinder provisions save time and money?" Intellectual Property and Technology News, 30 Mar 2012
- "EDTX closely scrutinizes nuisance value settlement strategy," Intellectual Property and Technology News, 28 Jun 2011
- "A New Deal in Venue Transfers," April 2009
- "Rambus Decision Sheds Light On Intellectual Property Issues in Industry Standard Setting," February 5, 2003
- "Your Customers, Your Trademark . . . Their Website: Trademark Infringement Through Metatags," Summer 2000
- "Economic Domestic Industry at the ITC: Challenges for Practicing and Non-Practicing Entities," San Diego, CA, May 2015
- "Examining the New Joinder Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act," IPLAC Patent Symposium, November 4, 2011
- "KSR v. Teleflex: Examining the Obviousness Inquiry in Patent Law," Intellectual Property Assets in Oil & Gas, October 24, 2007
- "34 DLA Piper lawyers in nine countries ranked among The World's Leading Patent Professionals," DLA Piper, October 30, 2019
- Judicial Extern for the Honorable Ruben B. Brooks, United States Magistrate Judge, Southern District of California
Civic and Charitable
- Trustee, Zach Theatre, Austin, Texas
Before he began practicing law, John spent seven years on active duty as a surface line officer in the United States Navy. His Navy assignments included a tour as the Operations Officer aboard USS Chancellorsville, an Aegis guided missile cruiser deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch.
Memberships And Affiliations
- Austin Intellectual Property Law (Yeakel) Inn of Court
- Federal Bar Association