John I. Stewart Jr., Partner Washington, D.C.
jstewart@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2685
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

John I. Stewart, Jr. is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, where he has practiced communications, copyright, and technology law since 1975. John heads the firm's Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector of the Intellectual Property Group, and is co-head of the firm's global TLD and Domain Name Practice.

John's current practice encompasses intellectual property, Internet, and telecommunications matters. He has special experience in the application of intellectual property laws in regulated industries, including the communications and technology sectors. An early participant in the developing law of e-commerce, John continues to counsel clients on law and technology issues. Besides his work on technology partnerships and licenses, global privacy law compliance, online and conventional publishing agreements, software development agreements, open source licensing programs, and website liability issues, John has litigated over 15 industry-wide cable and satellite copyright royalty cases since 1980. He has also litigated cybersquatting and DMCA safe harbor cases, as well as cutting-edge trademark matters.

Representative Litigation Matters:

  • Represented the U.S. commercial television industry in 12-day evidentiary hearings to determine the allocation of over $300 million in cable copyright royalties among seven parties. Won significant increase in previous royalty award.
  • Filed suit on behalf of copyright owner against website operator for infringement under "red flag" exemption to DMCA immunity.  Achieved settlement before trial.
  • Pursued multiple trademark oppositions for telecommunications company against registrations of sound marks sought by manufacturer.  Achieved landmark victory before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Representative Counseling and Regulatory Matters:

  • Led efforts to obtain FCC regulatory approvals covering radio and wireless licenses for two separate multi-step airline mergers.
  • Created foundational agreements to acquire and confirm ownership of all necessary intellectual property rights in contributions by government employees and other professionals to collaborative publication of a professional association.
  • Provided strategic counsel and assisted in drafting licenses and governing documents for the creation of a new foundation that will manage the development and global operation of a core Internet resource.

John is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, and of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Second, and Third Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the District of Maryland. John is a member of the Section of Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Section of the D.C. Bar, and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of technology law since 2008. John is peer rated "AV," Preeminent, by Martindale-Hubbell. He was a charter member of the Legal Advisory Board of the Copyright Alliance.

John has long provided IP counsel on a pro bono basis to a number of non-profit organizations. He served as an elected member of the firm's Management Board for six years. He is a member of his town's Board of Election Supervisors.

At the University of Chicago Law School, John was topics and comment editor of the Law Review, and won the Wall Street Journal Award in 1974. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. with distinction in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. His undergraduate honors include a Short Story Prize in the Hollins Critic Literary contest. He and his wife, a clinical psychologist, live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Second, and Third Circuits, U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the District of Maryland



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Speeches & Presentations

  • "What's Next After the Big Reveal of New gTLDs?" Webinar (June 18, 2012). Presenter: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Some Legal Rules of the Road for Non-Brand gTLDs: Competition and Community," Webinar (September 28, 2011). Presenter: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Ready for the new gTLDs? Strategic Considerations and Global Brand Enforcement Challenges for Brand Owners in Light of ICANN's 'New gTLD Program'," Crowell & Moring Seminar, San Francisco (May 2011). Speakers: John L. Murino and John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "What's Next for the New gTLDs," Crowell & Moring Webinar (December 16, 2010). Speakers: John L. Murino and John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "ICANN's New gTLD Program: Considerations for Brand Owners," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 27, 2010). Speaker: John L. Murino and John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Associations and Information in the Digital Age: A Guide to Collecting and Protecting Association Member, Employee, and Third Party Data in the New Environment," Trade Association Breakfast Seminar, Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2010). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "The Law of Digital Communications -- Copyright, Privacy, FEC, Advertising, Libel, Fines, and More," Politics Online Conference 2010, sponsored by GWU Graduate School of Political Management and Politics Magazine (April 20, 2010). Panelist: John I. Stewart Jr.
  • "Covering Your Assets: What You Need to Know About Copyrights and Trademarks," National Association of Bar Executives, Communications Section Workshop – Philadelphia (October 12, 2007). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Developments in Copyright Law," Federal Communications Bar Association CLE session – Washington, DC (April 25, 2007). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Copyright Challenges: SHVERA, Streaming, and Making Sense (and $$) in Cyberspace," NAB 2007 – Las Vegas (April 17, 2007). Moderator: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Copyright and Broadcast Law Issues for Journalists," Media Law and Ethics, Lehigh University (November 8, 2004). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Creating and Receiving Value for Your Secrets," Trade Secrets Law Seminar - Washington, DC (October 2004). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Intellectual Property and the Historian in the New Millenium: A Roundtable Discussion," Annual Meeting, Organization of American Historians/National Council on Public History - Washington, DC, published in The Public Historian, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Spring 2004). Moderator: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "IP Issues, Copyright Licensing and Contributory Infringement," North American Counsel Roundtable - Washington, DC (March 2004). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Protecting the Crown Jewels: IP and Other Legal Issues in E-Commerce," Healthcare Provider Seminar - Washington, DC (June 2001). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "The Future of Copyright," Interactive Media Forum, Canadian Association of Broadcasters - Calgary, Alberta (November 2000). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "New Challenges in the Information Age," Trade Secrets Law Seminar - Washington, DC (October 1998). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "U.S. Copyright Issues," 6th International Broadcast News Workshop, World Broadcasting Unions - Toronto, Canada (May 28, 1998). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Cyberlaw: Has the Law Caught Up With Technology?," Internet Technologies and Applications Conference, NAB Multimedia World - Las Vegas, NV (April 5, 1998). Speaker: John I. Stewart, Jr.


Publications

  • "Country Q&A: United States Information Technology," Practical Law Company, Information Technology Handbook, 2nd Edition (2007-08). Co-Authors: Gaela Bailey, Benjamin T. Butler, Christopher Calsyn, Robin B. Campbell, Charles C. Hwang, Kris D. Meade and John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Country Q&A: United States Data Protection," Practical Law Company, Vol. 2: Data Protection (2006-07). Co-Authors: Gaela Bailey, David Z. Bodenheimer, Benjamin T. Butler, Christopher Calsyn, Robin B. Campbell, Charles C. Hwang, Kris D. Meade, Jeremy Rhyne and John Stewart.
  • "Copyright Protection for Data Compilations in a Digital Environment The Inquisitive Mind (January 2002). Author: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • New Tools And Strategies For Protecting Your Place In Cyberspace: Understanding The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, (January 2000). Co-Authors: John I. Stewart Jr. and Michael D. Bednarek.
  • "Stay Behind the Infringement Line IP Magazine (February 1999). Author: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Copyright and Trademark Issues and Legal Issues for Online Services NAB Legal Guide (April 1998 update). Author: John I. Stewart, Jr.
  • "Copyright Law Overview (A 'Fuzz Buster' for the Electronic Superhighway) Broadcasters' Law and Regulation Conference Papers (1994). Author: John I. Stewart, Jr.


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