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John Crosetto is a litigator with experience representing clients with disputes over trademarks, trade dress, licensing, trade secrets and non-competition agreements. John has a varied clientele that includes software and hardware companies, equipment manufacturers, video game companies, and creative firms. He can help minimize litigation risk and find alternative solutions to intellectual property disputes.

John was counsel in UtilX Corp. v. Novinium, (W.D. Wash.), which involved patent infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition claims, as well as anti-trust counterclaims, related to methods for underground cable rejuvenation by fluid injection. He also acted as counsel in Rosetta Stone, LTD v. Topics Entertainment, Inc., (E.D. Va.), a trade dress and trademark case in which the parties disputed rights to the color yellow for language learning software packaging. John acted as lead counsel in Strategic Marketing Partners, Inc. v. Greenwave LLC and Northwestern Brothers Marketing LLC, (K.C. Sup. Ct., Wash.), a dispute related to gaming software based on the television series The Deadliest Catch.

John has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. Before pursuing his career as an attorney he taught language, literature, aesthetics, and critical theory in the Department of Germanics at the University of Washington and the University of Colorado.

Professional Activities

  • Chair, American Intellectual Property Law Association Trademark Litigation Committee, 2014-2016
  • Member, Seattle Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
  • Member, King County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section 
  • Board Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Member, Greater Seattle Soccer League 

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  • Washington, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2006


University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2005

  • Member, Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal

University of Washington, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, 1996

Princeton University, B.A., European History, 1984

Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Fulbright Award Fellowship, 1994-1995

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named by peers as one of Washington's "Rising Stars" in Super Lawyers magazine, 2010, 2013-2015


  • German
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