Meet the Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

John K. Fitzgerald

Adjunct Professor of Law

  • B.S., DePaul University
  • M.B.A., Central Michigan University
  • J.D., Whittier College School of Law

Contact Information

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 109
Building One, Room 109

John Fitzgerald is a partner with Rutan & Tucker, LLP, the largest full-service law firm headquartered in Orange County, California with over 150 attorneys. Professor Fitzgerald is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property section, where he specializes in prosecution and litigation of patents, trademarks, copyright, licensing and trade secret matters, concentrating on high technology matters in the fields of mechanical, analytical, biomedical, optical, e-commerce, computer, network, software and material technology.

Prior to joining Rutan & Tucker, Mr. Fitzgerald was a partner at Fulwider Patton LLP, an intellectual property boutique firm in Los Angeles. He joined the firm as an associate in 1993 and became a partner in 2000. Prior to that time, he worked for Dow Corning Corporation for twelve years as a material science and process engineering specialist. While at Dow Corning, he directed and participated in research and development, as well as provided technical service and assistance to clients, in the area of thin film deposition technology, including e-beam, sputtering and ion deposition, as well as surface physics and chemistry, including surface modification using chemical treatment and vapor deposition techniques, coupling agent technology and application of various coatings. Professor Fitzgerald was also involved in the analysis and characterization of surfaces using Auger, ESCA, SEM and other techniques. In 1985, he began eight years as Director, Worldwide Clinical Affairs for IOLAB Corporation, a Johnson and Johnson Company, where he was responsible for clinical research and development for ophthalmic lasers, intraocular lenses, and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. Professor Fitzgerald authored a variety of publications in the areas of gas transmission of materials, contact and intraocular lens design and technology and clinical research. He is a co-inventor of U.S. Patent No. 4,198,131, entitled \“Silicone Resin Optical Devices.\” Since beginning the practice of law, Professor Fitzgerald has prosecuted and litigated patents and trademarks, and provided counsel to clients, in many technologies, including medical devices, biomedical equipment and systems, atomic force microscopy, aerospace, e-commerce, network technology, graphic display systems, fiber optics, radio controlled equipment and toys, digital electronics, internet related systems, computer software and exercise equipment. In addition to his legal and technical activities, Professor Fitzgerald is an avid cyclist.

Professor Fitzgerald is admitted to practice in California, the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the State Bar of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, the Orange County Patent Law Association, and he is a Trustee on the National Board of Directors of the Whittier Law School Alumni Association.