Jon specializes in resolving disputes for businesses and individuals. The disputes generally involve commercial matters. However, for many clients, the disputes involve intellectual property such as patent rights, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. His practice takes him into state and federal courts as well as arbitrations. Jon is a member of Tonkon's Intellectual Property Practice Group.
As the lead trial lawyer, Jon has litigated patent infringement claims for an international distributor of health food products in multi-district litigation, manufacturers of machinery used in the wood products industry, manufacturers of parts for heavy trucks, and an inventor of electro-optic technology. He defended a national consulting firm accused of trademark and copyright infringement, and pursued copyright claims for a national senior housing company. He has litigated numerous misappropriation of trade secret and inevitable disclosure disputes between businesses or between a business and its former senior level employees.
Jon has been recognized as a leader in commercial litigation by the nationally trusted directories. Jon has received a 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rating on Martindale-Hubbell and is listed as meeting "very high criteria of general ethical standards."
Jon started his post-college work life as a high school teacher, counselor, and coach. He, along with his then-young family, took a leap of faith to start a new career practicing law. He joined Tonkon Torp in 1990 and became a partner in 1996. In addition to his practice, he has been active in firm administration, including serving a three-year term on the firm’s Managing Board and serving as Chair of the Board from January 2004 to July 2005. Jon actively participates in pro bono matters where he represents indigent clients with a variety of legal needs, and serves on the board of Human Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing poverty and homelessness.
When Jon is not in the office, you can often find him on a country road on his road bike or on a mountain trail on his mountain bike. Or he may just be entertaining his grandchildren in Boise, Idaho, where he maintains an office and, of course, a mountain bike.
Featured Representative Matters
Apeldyn v. Samsung and Sony (USDC Del)
Alternative Legal Solutions, Inc. v. Ferman Management Services Corp.
GT Development Corp. v. Temco Metal Products Company
MSM Investments Company, LLC v. Carolwood Corporation
Pacific Scientific v. Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
Actech v. Thetford Corporation
West Coast Tanning v. Pacific Beach Tan
CDR Assessment v. CDR International
FMC v. Key Technology
Key Technology v. Heat and Control
Industrial Adhesives v. Linear Products
Ivey Performance Marketing v. Preston
The CLiF Project and Youth, Rights & Justice
It’s often the case that business attorneys shy away from justice-related pro bono work that requires appearing in court. Yet tax attorney Gwen Griffith has learned that stepping out of her lane returns value beyond measure.
Tonkon Torp Wins Dismissal of RICO Claims Attacking Cannabis Industry – First of its Kind in 9th Circuit
Tonkon Torp secured a dismissal of civil RICO claims filed in federal court based on defendants' involvement in an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program grow operation. Four civil RICO cases have been filed this year in Oregon against nearly 300 businesses and individuals engaged in state-authorized cannabis activity.
Tonkon Torp Leads CamelBak to Victory at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Federal Circuit
Tonkon Torp has won a significant patent case for its client, CamelBak Products. CamelBak, based in Petaluma, California and founded in 1989, invented the hands-free hydration category and is the global leader in personal hydration gear. In November 2014, CamelBak was sued for patent infringement on a lid assembly for a beverage container that included cleaning features.
Tonkon Torp Helps Human Solutions Secure New Family Shelter Site
Tonkon Torp is proud to have helped Human Solutions navigate a complex financing project to transform a shuttered commercial property into an emergency 24/7 family housing shelter. Find details and more featured cases here.
Tonkon Torp Wins Intellectual Property Judgment for AXTS and Rainier Arms
Jon Stride, lead trial lawyer for Tonkon Torp's Intellectual Property Practice Group, successfully pursued trademark infringement and counterfeiting claims on behalf of AXTS (Salem, OR) and Rainier Arms. AXTS manufactures high-quality after-market firearm parts. It co-brands the RAPTOR charging handle part for AR 15 rifles with Rainier Arms (Auburn, WA) which is sold throughout the United States.
Community Involvement & Activities
Member, Board of Directors
Multnomah Bar Association
Past Member, CLE Committee
Past Member, Judicial Screening Committee
Oregon State Parks Trust
Past Member, Board of Trustees
City Club of Portland
Past Chair, Research Committee
Past Member, Board of Governors
Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Former Board Member
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in America
2011–2021, Litigation – Intellectual Property
2017, 2019, Lawyer of the Year – Litigation – Intellectual Property, Portland
2014, Oregon Super Lawyer – Intellectual Property / IP Litigation
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers
2010-2013, Litigation: General Commercial Law
Best Lawyers in America® Includes 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2021 List
26 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2020 Super Lawyers Lists
2020 List for Best Lawyers in America® Includes 48 Tonkon Torp Attorneys
31 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2019 Super Lawyers Lists
Chambers USA Names 23 Tonkon Torp Attorneys in 2019 Ranking
Six Tonkon Torp Attorneys Named Portland Lawyers of the Year
Best Lawyers in America® Names 51 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2019 List
31 Tonkon Torp Attorneys Honored on 2018 Super Lawyers Lists
Chambers USA Names 20 Tonkon Torp Attorneys as Leaders in Their Field
Best Lawyers in America® Names 49 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2018 List
Act Now: Trademark Infringement on Facebook
Supreme Court Eliminates Obstacle to Declaratory Relief in Patent Cases
Publications & Presentations
Jon has lectured on numerous legal topics including:
- Noncompetition Issues
- Idea Submission
- Patent Law
- Inventions and Trade Secrets
"Cutting the Puppet Strings: Discovering Attorney Work Product Through Experts," OADC Journal, 2008
"Ambush – Waiver of Privilege at Trial: Responsive Strategies and Recommendations for Reform," OADC Journal, 2007
"Relevant Background Evidence is Swallowing the Rule: Applying FRE 404 in Discrimination Cases," Litigation Journal, Vol. 25, Number 1, Spring 2005
"ADR: Quick, Easy and Inexpensive — Or Is It?" The Business Journal, 2004
"Personal Jurisdiction In A Foreign Forum: Where Will Your Website Take You?" The Litigation Journal, 2001
"Interpretation and Construction of Contracts." 1994 Supplement to the Oregon State Bar "Contract Law in Oregon" Continuing Legal Education Handbook