John L. Hines, Jr.
John L. Hines, Jr. works with clients seeking to realize value from intellectual property, technology, data, and other information and software technology assets through licenses, joint ventures, M&A, and cloud and other technology services agreements.
John has counseled clients on software and information technology matters for over twenty years. John works with clients to create go-to-market transactional models for development, licensing and commercialization of information technologies, including advanced and emerging technologies involving artificial intelligence and sensor technologies. John regularly counsels clients on their rights under the Copyright Act, and, in that context, he continues to help clients navigate the use of open source software in development projects, transactional due diligence and contractual risk allocation.
Earlier in his career, John was a litigator and represented clients in the state and federal courts in criminal defense matters, civil rights claims, shareholder and commercial disputes, and intellectual property litigation. John continues to provide intellectual property litigation support and assists clients in resolving copyright and contract disputes pertaining to rights allocations and infringements.
American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law Section (IP Transactions and Licensing Committee); Science and Technology Section)
Erikson Institute, Board of Trustees (Past Board Chair)
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Former Adjunct Faculty Member
Northwestern University School of Law, Former Adjunct Faculty Member
State Bar Licenses
- Co-Author, “Copyright, Software, and Fair Use: the Supreme Court decides Google v. Oracle” (Clark Hill), April 2021
- Author, “Software Licensing,” (Chapter 19) Intellectual Property Law, 2020 Edition (IICLE)
- Co-Author, “Teaching Traps for the Unwary – How to Use Copyrighted Material Safely” (Clark Hill), April 2020
- Co-Author, “The New Trade Secrets Law: What it Means for Your Business” (Clark Hill), June 2016
- Authored, “Federal Court Rules that Open Source Licenses are Enforceable under Copyright Law,” Thomson West’s Corporate Counsel’s Licensing Letter, 2008
- Co-Authored, “Legal Issues for E-Commerce Start-Ups to Consider,” (Chapter 19) Intellectual Property Law (IICLE), 2008
- Co-Authored, “Beating Vendor Lockdown: Negotiating Software Licenses for Your Organization,” 24 ACC Docket 2, 45, 2006
- Co-Author, “Anonymity, Immunity & Online Defamation: Managing Corporate Exposure to Reputation Injury,” 4 Sedona Conf. J. 97 (2003), cited in EEOC v. Severn Treat Services, Inc., 358 F.3d 438 (7th Cir.2004) (Posner, J.)
- Author, “Jurisdiction: Should Nations Extend their Legal Reach Beyond Their Borders?” Public policy comment on behalf of the Internet Society, 2003