John Giust

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John Giust
Newport Beach, CA

John Giust is a litigator and electrical engineer. He has led trial teams in civil and patent cases at various US District Courts and at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has successfully resolved cases for both patent holders and accused infringers in jury trials and in administrative proceedings. He has taught intellectual property law at the University of San Diego Law School and he also lectures on international IP law issues. John has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Litigation - Patent since 2011 and as a San Diego Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation since 2009.

John received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. While attending law school, John worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has a J.D., summa cum laude, from the American University, and an LL.M. in patent and intellectual property law, summa cum laude, from the George Washington University.

John has substantial courtroom experience in front of juries and judges. He has been lead trial counsel and has participated in trials in many venues. He has handled cases in the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware, Eastern District of Virginia, Southern District of California, and at the USITC as well as many other jurisdictions.

As an electrical engineer, John is experienced in analyzing and presenting complex concepts to juries and judges, often using graphics, animations, and demonstrations. He has a reputation for trial strategy and efficiency, getting to the heart of the issues quickly and economically.

John has handled cases for both large and small companies, all of whom rely on his expertise when the case is important or unduly complex. He has handled cases in the semiconductor, computer, RF, networking, SAN, printing, consumer electronics, imaging and gaming industries. He has handled cases for both US companies and foreign entities.

When a case turns on issues of technology, code, or industry practices, clients turn to John for his experience and trial readiness.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.M. - 1998
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Patent and Intellectual Property Law
  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1995
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Law
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
    • B.S.E.E. - 1989
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Published Works

  • 4 pieces of patent news you should know right now, Inside Counsel, May 27, 2015
  • "College Try, No State Liability for Patent Infringement and False Advertising,", Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 29, 1999
  • "Comparative Analysis of the Patent Law of the United States and the New Industrial Property Code of Brazil,", 21 HASTINGS INT'L & COMP. L. REV. 597, 1998
  • "Noncompliance with TRIPs by Developed and Developing Countries: Is TRIPs Working?", 8 IND. INT'L & COMP. L. REV. 69, 1997


  • Intellectual Property, University of San Diego Law School

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member
  • American Inns of Courts, Louis M. Welsh Chapter, 2001

Past Employment Positions

  • Fish & Richardson P.C., Principal
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Examiner