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John C. Garvey

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John C. Garvey


John C. Garvey is a Senior Counsel with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Staas & Halsey LLP. Mr. Garvey has worked extensively in the area of intellectual property client counseling. He has conducted infringement and validity studies in a wide variety of technologies, including voice messaging equipment, cellular telephone technology, facsimile equipment, modems, fiber optic devices, semiconductors, and photographic equipment. Mr. Garvey has experience in negotiating patent, trademark and copyright licensing, settlement agreements, and product distribution agreements. He also has experience in proceedings before the International Trade Commission and the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and in litigation in the U.S. Federal Courts with respect to a variety of technologies, including cellular telephones, voice messaging equipment, fiber optics devices, printers, and mail opening equipment. Mr. Garvey has acquired broad experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a wide variety of technical areas, including communication systems, computers, high definition television, electronic circuits, semiconductors, numerically controlled machines, mechanical systems, photographic equipment, and optical devices.

Mr. Garvey has been a speaker at the District of Columbia Bar Association and at a seminar for members of Japanese companies stationed in Washington on the issue of patent infringement in the United States. He has also presented a seminar in Japan on the topic of multimedia. In addition, Mr. Garvey has given presentations at a number of companies in Japan on a variety of U.S. patent issues, such as infringement, and has also been a guest speaker before the Canadian Bar Association on the topic of U.S. Patent Litigation. Mr. Garvey is the author of “Overview of an Infringement Analysis,” Intellectual Property Management, Vol. 46, No. 8, August 1996 and “Recent Trends in the Patentability of Computer Related Inventions: Is a Method of Doing Business Patentable?” International Legal Strategy, Vol. V-11, November 1996.

Mr. Garvey has an electrical engineering degree (B.S.) from Duke University and a law degree (J.D.) from George Washington University. He is admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the federal district and appellate courts of the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In addition to being a member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Garvey also holds memberships in a number of other groups, including the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, 1980 – Present
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association


  • Patent Law, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Published Works

“Overview of an Infringement Analysis”, Japan Intellectual Property Management Journal, Vol. 46, November 8, 1996

“Recent Trends in the Patentability of Computer Related Inventions: Is a Method of Doing Business Patentable?” (Co-Author), International Legal Strategy, Vo. V-11, November, 1996


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