John W. Scruton

John Scruton is Counsel to the firm and based in its Louisville office. He has practiced intellectual property law for over 25 years. John's practice includes all phases of the trademark registration process, including clearing marks, prosecuting applications, and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board such as oppositions to pending trademark applications and actions to cancel existing registrations. He is also active in litigating trademark, copyright, patent, unfair competition and trade secret cases; negotiating and drafting licenses, assignments and other transactions involving trademark and copyrights; and counseling clients concerning intellectual property strategies.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Spring Cleaning for Your Intellectual Property

Stites & Harbison Thirsty Thursday Networking event, March 5, 2020

The Trouble with THE

Trademarkology blog, September 5, 2019

Ethical Issues in IP Matters: The Trademark Company, Matt Swyers, and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline

American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, June 20, 2017

Mr. Met Regrets His Error, But Will Survive

Trademarkology blog, June 2, 2017

Supreme Court makes it harder to overturn patent cases on appeal

Supreme Court rules deceptive labeling claim may proceed

Raging Bull and Unintended Consequences of the CTEA?

Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law—Trademark Law Update

Louisville Bar Association, June 2008

Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law—Trademark Law Update

Louisville Bar Association, June 2006

Supreme Court decides eBay Inc. v. MercExchange

Basics of Trademark Licensing

Louisville Bar Association, April 2006

Regulation of False Advertising by the Federal Trade Commission

Louisville Bar Association, September 2004
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Supreme Court
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Chair (1998), Vice Chair (1997)
State Bar of California
Community Involvement

The Fabulous Leopard Percussionists, Inc., Board Member

Yale in Kentucky, Board Member

First Unitarian Church of Louisville, Member

More Than Stites & Harbison

From 1986 to 1995, Mr. Scruton was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Sidley & Austin, an international law firm based in Chicago. He was a member of the firm's litigation group and worked on a wide variety of matters, including a series of condominium construction defect/land subsidence cases, partnership disputes, environmental and toxic tort matters, Drexel Burnham Lambert litigation, and a series of cases involving the Americans with Disabilities Act.

John is a member of the board of The Fabulous Leopard Percussionists, Inc. (a non-profit children's music group), Teach Kentucky (a charitable organization that recruits new teachers) and Yale in Kentucky (the local alumni association). He is on the Steering Committee for Highland Youth Recreation, a non-profit recreational sports league operated by Highlands Community Ministries. He is also active in leadership positions at First Unitarian Church of Louisville.

John plays tradtional music on the guitar and banjo, and enjoys photography.

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