John Lane


Of Counsel, Garson, Ségal, Steinmetz, Fladgate


John Lane specialises in complex intellectual property litigation, including patent cases in a wide variety of fields, such as polymer chemistry, pharmaceuticals, embedded electronic smart cards, RFID tags, shape memory alloys, magnetically attachable eyewear lenses, computer- and internet-related technologies, bicycle components and toys. He has also been involved in multiple trademark and unfair competition litigation matters in connection with high-end fashion, watches and eyewear brands.

His intellectual property practice is focused both in the U.S. and on an international scale. He completed his undergraduate studies in engineering and worked as an engineer in product design and development for General Motors Corporation, with expertise in materials, science and automotive engineering. In addition to extensive litigation experience in several federal district courts across the U.S., Mr Lane has also practised intellectual property law with leading trial advocates before the English Bar in London, where he was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple. His diverse background has translated into a practice in several jurisdictions, particularly before the English patent courts, and in supervising cases before several European courts, the European Patent Office and the Japanese Patent Office.

Mr Lane was instrumental in founding the first American inn of court in Manhattan, the New York County Lawyers Inn of Court, He has been active in the American inns of court movement, having assisted in developing the first inn chapter (the Denis McInerney/NYCLA American Inn of Court) and the first intellectual property law specialty inn chapter i(the William C. Conner Inn of Court, formed in 2008) in Manhattan. He has also published articles and presented lectures in the U.S. and abroad in several areas of intellectual property law and advocacy.

Year Qualified



General Motors Institute (1976-81): Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Mechanical Engineering/Mater
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School (1981-84): Juris Doctor
Inns of Court School of Law (1989)


William C. Conner American Inn of Court
Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
New York Intellectual Property Law Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association


Admitted to the New York Bar, 1985
Called to the Bar, England & Wales, 1989
Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, 1991
Admitted to the Bar of several U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office