John LaBarre ’05 was recently promoted to the head of Google’s patent transactions team. As a leading provider of various technologies relating to search, artificial intelligence, networking, and computing, Google maintains a large, diverse patent portfolio overseen by Google's patent group. The patent transactions teams is involved with nearly all inbound, outbound, and cross-licensing deals for Google as well as divestitures and strategic acquisitions.
“I specifically attended Cardozo knowing I wanted to go into IP and the law school’s reputation in that area was key to my enthusiasm in attending,” said John. “And — understatement alert — Cardozo absolutely lived up to its considerable reputation as having great instructors and programs focused around IP.”
LaBarre says that he appreciated many of the practical IP courses he was exposed to as a second and third year student. “Most memorable for me was Professor Wolf’s class on patent litigation,” he says. “I honestly believe that this class better prepared me for my early career in litigation than probably any other experience.”
Prior to joining Google's transactions team in November 2014, John was a member of Google's patent litigation team for five-and-a-half years where he helped defend the company from a large number of patent cases including various matters that went to trial. Before joining Google in 2009, John worked as a patent litigator in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.