Mr. Heuton’s practice focuses on IP litigation and prosecution. Mr. Heuton represents clients in federal courts across the country in all aspects of IP litigation from conducting pre-suit investigations to drafting appellate briefs. Mr. Heuton also prepares and prosecutes patent applications covering diverse technologies including medical devices and telecommunications.
Prior to coming to Sheridan Ross, Mr. Heuton was in-house IP counsel at Level 3 Communications where he managed patent litigations, procured patent rights, managed an international trademark portfolio, conducted due-diligence projects, and negotiated vendor and sales agreements. John also worked at the IP law firm, Fitzpatrick, Cella Harper & Scinto, in Manhattan, where he litigated and appealed IP-releated cases.
During law school, Mr. Heuton served as Lead-Article Editor for IDEA: The Journal of Law and Technology. Mr. Heuton also served as a student-law clerk to the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Upon completion of law school, Mr. Heuton received the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law.
Before attending law school, Mr. Heuton worked for Amgen, Inc. where he researched, developed and implemented new methods of manufacturing medicines.
University of Colorado (B.A., Dean's List, Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology, 1999)
Franklin Pierce Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 2004)
New York, 2005
United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2008
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2006
United States of District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2006
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2005
WCM Industries v. IPS Corp., (W.D. Tenn) — Trial counsel for plaintiff in a patent infringement action involving multiple patents related to bath waste and overflow products. Following two-week jury trial, received a jury verdict in favor of plaintiff on all claims asserted, including a finding of willful infringement by defendant. Successfully defended against counterclaims of invalidity and non-infringement.
Court granted request to enhance the jury’s damage award due to willful infringement. Court found that: “based on the egregious nature of IPS’s conduct, that treble damages are appropriate.” Court trebled amount to more than $4.1 million.