John J. O'Malley



Clients prize John’s wealth of creative ideas for growing and protecting their businesses. Naturally outgoing, he has developed an extensive network of contacts that benefit clients as he advances their interests. John works closely with clients of all sizes and types to develop strategies for building brands and developing and protecting U.S. and international trademark portfolios.

A significant part of his practice involves counseling startups and emerging companies on taking their business to the next level.

John’s trademark work includes providing clearance opinions as well as preparing and prosecuting trademark and copyright applications. He also routinely conducts IP audits and IP due diligence for banks, IP investment companies, venture capital firms and private equity investors. His work further extends to negotiating and drafting intellectual property agreements including licenses, confidentiality assignments, joint development, software development, and website development agreements. John regularly handles domain name disputes and acquisitions and counsels clients on IT, internet, website and e-commerce transactions.

Litigation can be an important and necessary step in protecting intellectual property rights and John has litigated and enforced rights involving trademarks, domain names, patents, copyrights, unfair competition, false advertising and the internet.

John is also an Adjunct Professor, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Faculty Advisor, Engineering Entrepreneurship Law Student In Residence (“EELSR”)

Life Beyond Law

John enjoys reading about history, and especially ancient history. His guilty pleasure is following the always interesting local sports teams we have in Philadelphia.



  • 02.02.2022

    What do Bambi, Mickey Mouse, and Winnie the Pooh all have in common? Besides remaining lovable pop-culture icons, these cartoon characters are all part of copyrighted works entering the public domain. In our first episode of season three, IP Goes Pop! co-hosts and Volpe Koenig Shareholders, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue, are back for a journey into the public domain. With the help of their fellow Shareholder John O’Malley, they walk through the history of copyright term (how long copyrights last), how and when copyrighted works enter the public domain, and the way this area of law continues to evolve as famous and high-value works enter the public domain.

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  • 11.11.2021

    Why would a company, from the largest to the smallest, spend years building a reputation using its trademarked name and logo, and then suddenly decide to make a complete change? This week on IP Goes Pop! we explore some famous “rebrands,” the ones that worked, the ones that may not have worked. The podcast also looks at what we can learn from Facebook’s rebrand to “Meta” (announced October 2021) and what makes it so unique.

    Join Volpe Koenig Shareholders and IP Goes Pop! co-hosts, Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue, along with fellow Volpe Koenig shareholder John O’Malley, as they explore famous rebrands and the intellectual property (IP) implications that can come with them. Our panel discusses common motives that may lead a company to undergo a rebrand and the key pieces of IP that can determine how strong and successful a company’s rebrand becomes.

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  • 06.09.2020

    This week IP Goes Pop! watches the documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness*, the popular Netflix documentary series about self-titled Joe Exotic. Michael Snyder is joined this week by fellow Volpe Koenig shareholder John O’Malley, head of the firm’s Trademark Group.


Honors and Activities


  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, published by Best Lawyers LLC, for Copyright Law and Trademark Law, (2012 - 2023) View methodology used for selection.
  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list, published by Thomson Reuters, (2012-2018, 2020-2024) View methodology used for selection.  

  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® - Rising Star list, published by Thomson Reuters, (2006-2007)

  • Selected as a "Trademark Star" in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars, (2020-2023)  View methodology used for selection.  
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Professional Affiliations

  • International Trademark Association
  • Brehon Law Society
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Irish-American Chamber and Business Network, Member of the Board
  • Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia, Member of the Board

Community Involvement

  • Family and Community Services of Delaware County, Board Member
  • Committee of 70, Board Member


Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, J.D.

George Washington University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude


  • Pennsylvania
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Court
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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