Munck Wilson Mandala

John C. Cain

Lead Partner Houston
Intellectual Property
(713) 722-0120

Portfolio Know-How

John brings 30+ years of experience in IP counseling, trademark portfolio management, trademark and copyright clearance, procurement, licensing, and enforcement.

Global Network of Protection

John has built a highly successful trademark practice supplemented by an extensive network of trademark professionals around the globe.

Industrial Intelligence

John holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, and he is an inactive registered professional engineer.

John C. Cain is a partner in the intellectual property group. John handles all aspects of intellectual property counseling and transactional practice and litigation, with an emphasis on trademark portfolio management and trademark and copyright clearance, procurement, licensing, and enforcement. John represents clients of all sizes in numerous industries, including retail consumer products, semiconductors, telecommunications, insurance, oilfield tools, electronics, and financial services.

As a long-time active committee member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) John works with an extensive, hand-picked network of trademark professionals around the world to manage international portfolios for several trademark clients.


University of Houston Law Center, 1992
Juris Doctorate
Texas A&M University, 1985
M.S. Civil Engineering
Texas A&M University, 1982
B.S. Civil Engineering

Associations & Memberships

Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Chancellor, The Church of St. John the Divine (Episcopal) in Houston

International Trademark Association – Active committee member (currently on Trademark Office Practices Committee, U.S. Legislation and Regulation Committee, formerly on Non-Traditional Trademarks Committee, Membership Services Committee, Trademark Administration Committee, and Anti-Counterfeiting and Enforcement Committee)

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Houston Bar Association

Houston Intellectual Property Association

Registered Professional Engineer, State of Texas (inactive)

Honors & Awards

World Trademark Review 1000 – Recommended Individual (2011 – 2023)

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review
Rated in Martindale-Hubbell

IP Stars, Trademark Star (2014-2022)

Who’s Who Legal — International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers (2014-2020)

The Best Lawyers in America (2009 – 2020)

Euromoney’s Trade Mark Expert Guide (2014-2019)

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Texas Bar CLE presentation entitled “Electronic Filing of Trademark and Patent Applications, Procedures, Issues, and Developments,” Austin, Tx, March 11, 2005 (with Terril G. Lewis)

John C. Cain and Thomas L. Casagrande, “New Dilution Law May Offer More Uniformity,” National Law Journal, May 13, 2002

John C. Cain, “Castles in the Sky for Architects Who Don’t Register” National Law Journal, July 24, 2000

Focus Areas

IP Portfolio Management & Counseling

Patents & Innovations

Trademark & Advertising

Trademark & Copyright Litigation