Areas of Practice
Practice-Specific Experience
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S.
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US District Court for the District of Delaware
  • US District Court for the District of Kansas
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • US District Court for the Southern District of California
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6267
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

John Caracappa, the co-chair of Steptoe’s Intellectual Property Group, is a seasoned first-chair litigator who regularly appears before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and district courts across the country.

With almost 20 years of experience, Mr. Caracappa has appeared in more than 25 Section 337 ITC cases and 50 patent cases in federal courts.  Mr. Caracappa also serves as lead counsel in numerous post-grant review proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR).  Notably, he was one of the first lawyers in the country to file an IPR petition with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under the America Invents Act when the procedure became available in September 2012.

Mr. Caracappa is considered a thought leader on ITC and district court litigation matters and strategies.  Intellectual Asset Management has ranked him in its “IAM Patent 1000” in both ITC and nationwide district court litigation every year since 2013, calling him a “rock-solid general litigator and a true specialist in patent law.”  Mr. Caracappa is also consistently recognized as a leading attorney by Managing Intellectual Property, DC Super Lawyers, and The Legal 500.

Mr. Caracappa leads cases involving all areas of technology, including wireless communication devices, flash memory devices, online messaging application software, flat panel displays, navigation systems, online banking, hard disk drives, diamond-like coatings, and software.  He handles all aspects of these cases, including fact discovery, preparation of witnesses, preparation of expert reports and cross-examination of technical witnesses and experts, Markman presentations, and trial.

Mr. Caracappa regularly speaks domestically and internationally on a broad array of patent litigation matters including practicing in the ITC and district courts.  He has coordinated and participated in a number of moot court events and is a sought after expert in the field of intellectual property litigation.


  • IAM Patent 1000, Litigation:  DC Metro Area, 2013-2017
  • Legal 500 US, Patent Litigation: International Trade Commission, 2011-2013, 2015-2017; Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation – Full Coverage, 2016-2017; Intellectual Property: Trade Secrets, 2016-2017
  • Named in Managing Intellectual Property's "Stars" in DC, 2013-2016
  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2015-2017

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association