John M. Cone


First practicing with the London firm of Reddie & Grose, John distinguished himself as a chartered patent agent both in the British Patent Office and in the European Patent Office. After moving to the United States and earning his American law degree in 1983, he focused on trademark, copyright and patent enforcement; state and federal intellectual property litigation; and a variety of brand strategy and management issues for a distinguished clientele at other well-known firms in Dallas.

John’s extensive expertise in state and federal intellectual property cases on both sides of the aisle has made him a sought-after litigator. He has represented clients in such diverse fields as healthcare, food and beverage, software, sports equipment and apparel. He has appeared before both the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on appeals from District Court decisions and in trademark oppositions and ex-parte appeals. Having tried cases in many different U.S. federal court districts in Texas, he is familiar with the nuances of each court’s requirements.

John also finds time to serve as an adjunct professor at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. In teaching trademarks and business torts courses to upper-level students, he shares his significant experience with a new generation of attorneys. John is also extremely active in the International Trademark Association, where he serves on the editorial staff of their Trademark Reporter publication, and in the Dallas Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section. He is also a frequent lecturer on intellectual property and litigation subjects and has published several papers on these topics. John is a trained mediator and a member of the International Trademark Association’s Panel of Neutrals.


2500 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 600

Plano, TX 75093


John M. Cone

Intellectual Property Litigation

Business and Commercial Litigation

Intellectual Property Licensing and Counseling

Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Prosecution

Local Counsel for IP and Commercial Litigation Matters

Virtual IP Counsel

Professional Activities

  • Intellectual Property Section of the Dallas Bar Association – Chair 2009 – 2011
  • International Trademark Association
  • U.S. Legislation Subcommittee
  • Member, Approved Panel of Neutrals for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Adjunct Professor, Southern Methodist University – Dedman School of Law

  • Selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine, 2006-2012
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal – Texas Edition, 2007-2008
  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers – 2006
Admitted to Practice

  • State of Texas, 1983
  • U.S. District Court – Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas U.S. Court of Appeals
  • 5th Circuit and Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude – Southern Methodist University, 1983
  • Master of Arts – Oxford University, 1970 (Oxford, England)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Oxford University, 1967 (Oxford, England)