John McCormack was born in Palo Alto, California, on April 13, 1944. He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University in 1967. John is a 1973 graduate of the American University Law School in Washington, D.C. While attending law school, he worked as an Examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. John was on law review and was a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award.
After graduation, he joined an intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C. and worked there until 1976, when he joined the Kolisch Hartwell firm. He has dedicated the major portion of his practice to trademark litigation and prosecution and assisting clients in obtaining patents in the mechanical arts. John is one of the few trademark attorneys ever to have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. He represented the respondent in Park ‘N Fly, Inc. v. Dollar Park and Fly, Inc. He has argued cases before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, recently securing affirmance of a judgment of noninfringement on behalf of the defendant in the patent case of ACCO Brands, Inc. v. Micro Security Devices, Inc., et al. in 2003.