John Slafsky is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he specializes in trademark, copyright, and advertising law.

John offers strategic advice to clients concerning advertising and promotions and also handles disputes in and out of court. Among John's counseling activities are: advising clients regarding marketing campaigns; the selection, registration, and enforcement of trademarks in the United States and worldwide; copyright clearance; the handling of Internet domain name disputes; the transfer and licensing of intellectual property; and consumer protection issues. He has litigated cases in federal and state courts relating to trademarks, copyright, unfair competition, right of publicity/privacy, domain names, defamation, and consumer protection.

John has been recognized as a leader in his field by various publications. World Trademark Review rates him as "Gold Band" and has described him as "highly strategic…with extensive expertise in technology and Internet issues" and as "a crisp and practical lawyer who gets to the heart of the matter without bluster." John is a contributing editor of The Intellectual Property Strategist.

John is a recipient of the firm's highest award for pro bono legal service, the John Wilson Award.

  • Aurora
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Dropbox
  • Flipboard
  • Grail
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Impossible Foods
  • Khan Academy
  • Kitty Hawk
  • LinkedIn
  • Nuro
  • Roblox
  • Salesforce
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Sequoia Capital
  • Spotify
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1993
  • A.B., Politics, Princeton University, 1987
    Magna Cum Laude
  • Chair, New Emerging Issues Subcommittee, International Trademark Association
  • Past Chair, Domain Name System Subcommittee, International Trademark Association
  • Past Chair, Loss of Rights Subcommittee, International Trademark Association
  • Selected as one of "World's Leading Trademark Professionals" (gold band) by WTR: World Trademark Review
  • Recognized in the 2012-2018 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for pro bono legal services for the poor, State Bar of California
  • Contributing Editor, The Intellectual Property Strategist
  • "Copyright Law and Fair Use," University of Chicago National Museum Publishing Seminar, May 2018
  • "Hot Topics in Marketing Law," WSGR College for Clients, February 2017
  • "Social Media, Rights of Publicity, and Ethics," Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference, June 2016
  • "Developing Enforceable Rights in the U.S.: A Native's Perspective for Foreign Trademark Owners," 10th Annual Brands Forum, March 2014
  • "Hot Topics in Marketing Law," WSGR College for Clients, October 2012
  • "Marketing & Advertising Law," WSGR Entrepreneurs College, June 2012
  • "Trademark Transactions: Doing Deals," Intellectual Property Owners Association, September 2011
  • "Marketing & Advertising Law," WSGR Entrepreneurs College, June 2011
  • "Combating Widespread IP Infringement on the Internet," Advanced IP Forum for Advertising Counsel, April 2011
  • "Lost Profits in Trademark and Copyright Cases," Business Valuation Resources, January 2011
  • "Emerging Issues in Marketing Law," WSGR College for Clients, November 2010
  • "Marketing/Advertising Law," WSGR Entrepreneurs College, June 2010
  • "Keyword Advertising: Potential Liability & Avenues for Relief," Pike & Fischer, July 2009
  • "Emerging Issues in Marketing Law," Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, December 2008
  • "Internationalization," 13th Annual Private Equity CFO Conference, July 2006
  • "The Blogging Enterprise," University of Texas, November 2005
  • ".EU Seminar for Trademark Owners," International Trademark Association, November 2005
  • "Keeping Your Advertising Out of the Courtroom," Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, June 2005
  • "Cyberliability: Introduction to Online Marketing Law," American Marketing Association, November 2004
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York
  • Several U.S. District Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-320-4574

Email | John

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