John Artz Sr

John A. Artz


Education & Credentials


University of Michigan

B.S., 1965
  • Aerospace Eng

University of Michigan

J.D., 1968

Bar Admission

  • Michigan


  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America

Representative Clients

  • Ford Motor Company
  • Boeing Corporation
  • GE Medical
  • Owens Corning
  • Pfizer
  • Guardian Industries
  • Federal Mogul
  • IMRA America Inc.
  • Marketing Displays
  • AstroTurf, LLC
  • Mirror Lite Co.

Prominent Assignments

Currently litigation counsel on patent cases involving fiber lasers, vehicle electronic control systems, chemical processing and several mechanical devices.

In 2011, successfully represented a Fortune 500 company accused of patent infringement by securing a favorable Markman claim construction followed by a summary judgement of no infringement – all within a year.

Secured over a million dollar award for patent infringement in a case involving two vehicle mirror companies in the E.D.N.Y.

Argued Marketing Displays, Inc. v. TrafFIX Devices, Inc. before the U.S. Supreme Court against John Roberts (now Justice Roberts) in case involving interface between patents and trade dress rights. Won the Constitutional and Circuit conflict issue, but the Supreme Court sided with the U.S. Government who came in as an amicus and argued a non-briefed issue of functionality of the trade dress at issue.

Represented companies in IP cases in over 30 Federal District Courts around the country.

Secured a favorable Markman ruling which led to a successful summary judgment motion in defense of Federal Mogul Corp. accused of infringement of a patent related to thermal and acoustic attenuators.

Successfully argued before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals securing affirmance of the above Markman claim construction and summary judgment ruling.

Successful in two jury trial in patent cases in the E.D. Mich, once for a Patent Owner and once for the accused infringer.

Successfully defeated a TRO-Preliminary Injunction Motion for an artificial grass sports field company brought by a competitor.

Successfully secured dismissal under Rule 12(b), F.R.C.P. of a false patent marking case brought against Federal Mogul Corp.

Secured a favorable Markman ruling in another patent infringement action which led to a successful summary judgment motion and an affirmance by the Federal Circuit. The case was in the D. Utah and we represented a medical device company which was accused to infringe a patent owned by a doctor and licensed to Ethicon.

Successful in 12 out of 13 reexamination proceedings over the last 2-3 years, almost all of which stemmed from various patent lawsuits. Represented the patent owner nine times and the accused party four times.

Successful in 18 of 20 arguments before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Successful in enforcing trademark rights in a number of Federal District Court cases. Some of the marks at issue included Supercuts and Honey Baked.

Secured a preliminary injunction for Federal Mogul against an infringer of two patents on manifold gaskets for automobiles.

Secured a preliminary injunction on behalf of a sports equipment company against a competitor who infringed the client’s patent on shoulder pads.

Professional Involvement

  • Member of management committees of IP boutique firms
  • Past President - Michigan Patent Law Association
  • Member;Michigan State Bar,New York State Bar, American Intellectual Property Law Association,Intellectual Property Owners Association,Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Past Member PTC Counsel of State Bar of Michigan
  • Helped train Federal District Court Judges in seminars throughout the U.S. relative to patent law and practice
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