John Beynon, Ph.D

Partner

John Beynon assists clients in a wide range of technologies, including semiconductor packaging, humanized antibodies, quantitative PCR, computer memory (NAND Flash, SRAM and DRAM), and digital photography. In addition to patent litigation matters, he has represented clients in antitrust matters, contract arbitrations and disputes before the International Trade Commission. Dr. Beynon is also registered to practice before the USPTO, and has assisted clients with licensing negotiations, portfolio evaluations, and portfolio mining.

John holds a doctorate in chemistry from U.C. Davis. His graduate coursework emphasized analytic instrumentation and methods. His thesis focused on utilizing X-ray crystallography to study the structure and function of proteins, such as microbial enzymes and plant photoreceptors. Before attending graduate school Dr. Beynon worked at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in their Quality Assurance group.

Away from the office, John enjoys paddle boarding, running, and enjoying the outdoors.

Education

  • University of California – Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
  • University of California – Davis, Ph.D., Chemistry
  • The Colorado College, B.A., Chemistry

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Micron v. Rambus; Rambus v. Micron. Defended Micron against multidistrict patent infringement allegations by Rambus. Claims of patent infringement in Delaware were dismissed after Rambus was found to have willfully spoliated evidence. The California litigation included a 3-month trial on antitrust claims against Rambus.  All claims were ultimately settled on terms favorable to Micron.  

Intellectual Ventures v. Hynix & Elpida. Represented Intellectual Ventures in a patent infringement suit asserting Intellectual Ventures’ memory patent portfolio against DRAM and NAND Flash memory products. Hynix ultimately settled on favorable terms to Intellectual Ventures.

AMKOR v. Tessera. Represented AMKOR in arbitration regarding its royalty obligations under a license agreement to semiconductor packaging technology.

Applera v. Bio-Rad & Stratagene. Represented Applera in a patent litigation asserting Applera’s groundbreaking “Real-Time PCR” patent portfolio. Both defendants settled on terms favorable to Applera.

Samsung v. Kodak. Represented Samsung as a complainant and a respondent in two separate ITC actions adverse to Kodak. Technology involved digital photography and hand-held electronic devices.

PDL BioPharma v. Alexion. Represented PDL BioPharma in patent litigation asserting PDL’s portfolio of patents on humanized antibodies. The case settled after a claim construction on terms favorable to PDL.

Sorensen v. Lexar Media. Defended Lexar in patent infringement allegations against its NAND Flash thumb drive products. The case settled on terms favorable to Lexar.

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