John P. Higgins
John Higgins focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets and related antitrust and unfair trade practices claims. He has represented a broad range of clients in a number of federal courts across the country. He pursues early resolution of disputes through settlement when appropriate and possible but resolves disputes by trial and arbitration when necessary.
John also advises and assists clients with procuring intellectual property rights and counsels clients on other aspects of intellectual property, including freedom to operate, patentability, licensing, patent prosecution, and patent portfolio management. He has experience in a broad range of technical areas, including organic chemicals, fiber optics, medical testing and devices, packaging, machinery, textile materials and processes, tools, paint films, and computer software.
John has testified as an expert witness in several cases involving trade secrets, construction/design defects, and wrongful death (chemical facility). In each case, his testimony contributed to a favorable jury verdict, arbitration award, or settlement. He served (by appointment of the U.S. District Court) as a member of the Advisory Committee on Local Patent Rules for the Western District of North Carolina.
John was previously a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group with Alston & Bird, LLP. He began his legal career with Johnston, Allison & Hord, P.A. practicing in the area of construction litigation. Prior to law school, John worked for Exxon (now ExxonMobil) as a petroleum engineer.
The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Intellectual Property Law (2011-2017)
Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2012 – Patent Litigation – Charlotte
Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2013 – Intellectual Property Litigation – Charlotte
Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Patent Litigation – Charlotte
Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2015 – Intellectual Property Litigation – Charlotte
Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2016 – Patent Litigation – Charlotte
North Carolina Super Lawyers® (2006-2010, and 2012-2017)
Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers (2013-2017)
Top 25 Charlotte North Carolina Super Lawyers (2013, and 2015-2017)
Business North Carolina Legal Elite (2005, 2009, 2011-2017)
1990, North Carolina
1997, Registered Patent Attorney
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
State and Federal District Courts (North Carolina)
Registered Professional Engineer, Florida (active) and North Carolina (inactive)
Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D. cum laude, 1990)
University of Arkansas (B.S. Chemical Engineering, with honors, 1980)