Karl R Cannon, a Utah patent attorney

Karl R. Cannon

Karl R. Cannon

Member, Registered Patent Attorney

Karl’s Contact Info

+1 (801) 478-0071


Karl Cannon specializes in all aspects of U.S. and international protection and enforcement of patent, trademark and other classic intellectual property rights, IP litigation, IP licensing, and in defending parties wrongly or overbroadly accused of violating others’ intellectual property rights. He spent several years educating the public about intellectual property law issues in two regular newspaper columns for over a decade. As the author of numerous IP law articles in several different nationally distributed engineering magazines, Karl is highly acclaimed by peer review and client review. He specializes in all aspects of intellectual property law and related litigation, and is an AV-rated attorney (top rating).

Karl’s patent law practice specializes in the technical areas listed below. He graduated in civil engineering from Brigham Young University on a merit scholarship, took courses in electrical engineering, computer programming, and civil and mechanical engineering, and took third place in the English department’s Elsie Carrol Essay Contest. He was a “top grade” recipient at BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he earned his J.D. degree in 1993 and served as a conference editor on the Journal of Education and Law. He served as a judicial intern under Judge Randall R. Rader on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and as a judicial intern for Judge Eric G. Bruggink on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. His publications include “The Power of Patents, Utah Business, Vol. 7, No. 4, 84-97, 1994; “Patenting Podiatric Innovation,” Podiatry Today, Vol. 9, No. 11, 64-67, April, 1997, “Picking the Proper Patent,” Machine Design, Vol. 69, No. 4, 110, February 20, 1997, and “The New Power of Patents,” Journal of Applied Sensing Technology, Vol. 13, No. 12, 4-6, 56, December, 1996.

Karl was named to “Legal Elite – Intellectual Property Law,” by Utah Business, Vol. 19, No. 1, at 57 (2005), and is a copyright holder, rock artist and songwriter for The Love§trange, whose rock album “I Liked It, No I Didn’t” was runner-up to the 2016 Utah Rock Album of the Year by City Weekly, based on songs Karl wrote, live performances of which were later profiled locally on the Comcast cable network. Karl helped prosecute and patent e-commerce patents such as U.S. Patent No. 9,235,851 (“Integrated and Synchronized Cross Platform Delivery System”), numerous surgical implants, surgical techniques and other medical products, mechanical devices and systems, and hundreds of other successful patent grants in many technical areas such as those listed below.

Karl has handled many successful IP litigations involving patent enforcement and trademark enforcement, as well as successful litigation defense work against unfounded or overbroad patent and trademark enforcement actions. He handles all varieties of trademark work including product configuration marks, and renders consultation and opinions regarding patent validity, infringement and enforceability, patent viability, trademark viability, and other IP matters.

Practice Areas

  • IP Counseling and Strategic Planning
  • IP Enforcement
  • IP Defense
  • IP Litigation
  • Patents (all types)
  • Trademarks (all types)
  • Three Dimensional Shape Trademarks
    (aka Product Configuration Trademarks; Trade Dress)
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets
  • Unfair Competition
  • IP Licensing


  • Juris Doctorate, J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU)
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University


  • Utah State Bar
  • Federal District Court, D. Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations, Certifications, and Achievements

  • Member, Utah Bar Association
  • Member, Utah Bar Association Intellectual Property Section
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Admitted to practice before the Utah Supreme Court, U.S. District Court of Utah, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Utah’s “Legal Elite” in intellectual property, Utah Business magazine
  • Author of IP law articles, Utah Business; Podiatry Today; Machine Design; Sensors Magazine
  • AV Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell

Technical Areas

  • E-Commerce and Internet Tech
  • Mechanical and Civil Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Magnetic Motors
  • Physics
  • Medical Products
  • Surgical Instruments and Implants
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Construction Equipment
  • Trailer Hitch and Sway Control Technology
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Fundamental levels of chemical, electrical, electronic and computer-related matters
  • Archery
  • Watercraft Technology
  • Parking Garage Elevator Technology
  • Aircraft Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Variable Ratio Transmissions
  • Business Methods
  • Dentistry Inventions
  • Food Service Products
  • Machinery
  • Mining
  • Industrial Drilling
  • Polymer Concrete
  • Print Technology
  • Cooking Products
  • Product Packaging
  • Steel Making
  • Robotics
  • 3D Multispectral Lidar
  • Thermoacoustic Refrigeration
  • Thermoelectric Cooling
  • Vinyl Fencing
  • Livestock Products
  • Sporting Goods
  • Musical Instruments
  • Microphone Tech

Karl R. Cannon, PC, Member
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