John Carson

John Carson

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626.795.9900 office
626.577.8800 fax
655 North Central Avenue
Suite 2300
Glendale, CA 91203

John Carson is Of Counsel in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Intellectual Property practice group. Clients turn to John for licensing and all phases of eCommerce, patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. John is particularly well versed computer hardware and software, electrochemical, optics and electromechanical systems.

With more than 40 years of experience in IP law, and an impressive array of leadership positions in professional and community organizations, John is often called upon as an arbitrator and mediator, and is considered a national authority on ethics and intellectual property issues.  John started his own firm before becoming Of Counsel at a leading international law firm.  He has also been a trademark consultant to the California and Idaho Secretaries of State. 

John’s interest in the arts has led to involvement with the Huntington Library and memberships with their Art Collectors Council, Art Overseers, and Library Overseers.  John is also a volunteer for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and Pasadena Humane Society.  

Professional Experience

  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Of Counsel, 2016 - present
  • Arent Fox, Of Counsel, 2014-2016
  • Foley & Lardner LLP, Of Counsel, 2008-2014

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented Herbalife in a trademark infringement and breach of contract suit in the District Court of Oregon
  • Stopped numerous IP counterfeiting operations, both in the U.S. and internationally
  • Manages international trademark portfolios
  • Authored or co-authored several pieces of California legislation, including:
    • Anti-Counterfeiting Law – Civil – Business and Professions Code Sections 14340-14342; Criminal – Penal Code Section 350
    • Trade Secret Act – Civil Code Section 3426 et seq.; Code of Civil Procedure Section 2036.5 et seq.
    • Trademark Use on Collateral Products – Business and Professions Code Section 14330
    • Employee Rights in Inventions – Labor Code Section 2870
    • Prior Trademark Use – Business and Professions Code Section 14342 

Related News

83 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys named in ‘Best Lawyers'
11 partners also honored as ‘Lawyer of the Year' in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017
Intellectual Property attorneys selected as SoCal Super Lawyers
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys named in annual listing
Veteran attorney joins Intellectual Property practice group
John Carson joins Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Los Angeles office


  • Co-Moderator, "The Price of Virtue: Walking the Tightrope Between Privacy and Security,” Los Angeles Federal Bar Association Seminar, September 2014
  • Co-Panelist, "Let’s go to the video tape: What in-house counsel needs to know about licensing music, videos and photos," Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California In-House Counsel Conference, January 2012

Related Publications

  • Author, "California Takes FAA Proposed Drone Restrictions A Step Further", Law360, March 2015

  • Author, "Use It or Lose It: TTAB Grants Petition to Cancel Del Taco's Federal Trademark Registration for Former Fast Food Chain Brand," 2015

  • "Down Some Road With Alice: Section 101," 2015

  • "U.S. Accession to the Hague Agreement Provides U.S. Inventors Access to International Industrial Design Protection," 2015

  • "FAA Drone Restrictions vs. California," 2015 


  • California and Idaho Secretaries of State
  • The Best Lawyers in America - “Los Angeles Trademark Lawyer of the Year” , 2015, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell - “AV® Peer Review Rating” , 2015
  • Legal 500 - Intellectual Property – trademarks, non-contentious, 2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Chambers USA, 2007-2015
  • Los Angeles County Bar Delegation to the State Bar Conference - Spirit Award, 2001
  • Attorney Settlement Officer - Most Cases Handled, Most Cases Settled, 1999 - 2000
  • Loyola Law School and Whittier School of Law - taught Intellectual Property classes

Other Info


Intellectual Property Blog


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1967
B.S., Santa Clara University, 1964, Engineering

Bar Admissions

California, 1968

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Hastings College of Law Alumni Association, Governor, 1972-1973; Los Angeles Chapter, Vice President, 1971-1972
  • Library Overseers, Member
  • Art Overseers, Member
  • Art Collectors Council, Member
  • CaltechMIT Enterprise Forum, Executive Committee, Prior Member
  • Asia Society, Prior Member
  • Chancery Club, Member
  • Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Volunteer
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Law and Justice Committee, Prior Member
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, Editorial Advisory Board, Prior Member
  • Pasadena Bar Association, Prior Member
  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association LAIPLA, Prior Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Municipal Court Judge, Judge Pro Tem, 1988 - present
  • Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem, 1988 – present
  • US Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Member, 2000 – present, Historical Society, Director, 2005 – present, Strategic Planning Committee, 2007 – present
  • Central District of California, Member, 2001 – present, Chair, 2006 – present , District Court Standing Committee on Attorney Discipline
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, President (1994-1995), Executive Committee, (2009 – present), Senior Lawyers Section, Chair (present), 1994-1995, 2009-present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member of the Board, State of the Circuit, Intellectual Property, and Pro Bono Teaching Programs
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator, Intellectual Property, Complex Litigation and International, 1995-present
  • Central District of California Attorney Admission Fund Board, 2016-2018