John Kirby (attorney) Biography, Age, Education, Wife, Nintendo, Career And Net Worth

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John Kirby Biography (attorney)

John Kirby, Jr. is an American attorney. He was employed by the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP until June 30, 2007.  In the law firm he served as head of the New York office’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group and chairman of the New York Litigation Department from 1995 to 2004. John has represented several notable corporations in legal disputes, among which the likes of PepsiCo., General Foods, and Warner-Lambert.

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John Kirby Age

John was born in North Carolina however his age is not yet known since he has never disclosed his birthdate and year.

John Kirby Education

John is a graduate of MA, Oxford University, 1967, LLB, University of Virginia School of Law, 1966 BA, Oxford University, 1964 and BA, Fordham University, 1961.

John Kirby Wife

He has kept his personal life away from public and social media. Nothing is known regarding him having a wife or girlfriend.

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John Kirby Nintendo

John has acted as lead trial attorney in many high visibility cases. He has acted as lead trial attorney for Nintendo of America Inc. and for Nintendo Co. Ltd. One of his most well-known cases was Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd. He successfully represented Nintendo in a patent infringement case brought by GE over three RCA patents. GE claimed that the patents, which related to various aspects of television technology, covered Nintendo’s highly successful video game products.

United States District Court Judge Alfred Wolin (D.N.J.), in a highly detailed published opinion, not only granted Nintendo’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement on all three patents, but also found one of the patents to be invalid. This decision was affirmed by The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In appreciation for aiding them, Nintendo gave John a $30,000 sailboat christened the Donkey Kong along with “exclusive worldwide rights to use the name for sailboats.” Shigeru Miyamoto also stated that the name of the character Kirby was chosen in honor of John Kirby. It is rumored that a copy of the game was eventually sent to John who was humored and flattered.

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In Wang Laboratories, Inc. v. America Online, Inc. and Netscape Communications John successfully represented AOL in a patent infringement case brought by Wang in the Rocket Docket (E.D. Va.). United States District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema granted AOL’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement of a patent, which Wang claimed to represent the invention of the Internet browser. Wang had sought over $300 million in damages.

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In Forest Laboratories and ONY, Inc. v. Tokyo Tanabe Co. et al John represented Tokyo Tanabe. Tokyo is a Japanese pharmaceutical firm which is the owner of two biotechnology patents, in infringement litigation against competing pharmaceutical companies based in the US.
In Plasma Physics Corp. v. Hitachi, Ltd. et al John represented Hitachi in defending claims of infringement of patents for semiconductor manufacturing processes.

Over the years, John has addressed several business and professional associations in the United States and Japan on intellectual property and antitrust issues, as well as the trial of complex litigations.

John Kirby Net Worth

John’s estimated net worth is under review.