Lance G. Johnson

Of Counsel

Lance Johnson has a wide-ranging IP practice that helps innovative clients protect their inventions, published works, and business identities. With 30 years of experience, Mr. Johnson uses combinations of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and appropriate agreement terms to provide an infrastructure against competitors and legal grounds to assert against those who would seek to harm the business. Mr. Johnson has also served as an expert witness on patent law matters and has been trained as a mediator, using that training to enhance the prospects for favorable settlements on behalf of his clients.

Lance Johnson started his career as a patent examiner, became an associate handling prosecution, litigation support, and prior art studies for freedom-to-operate, validity, and infringement issues. He progressed to partner and was responsible for prosecuting and defending infringement litigation, providing counsel to clients on new products, and defending his opinions in court. In one case, Mr. Johnson led a team to prosecute the infringement of six patents with calculated damages, before settlement was reached, in excess of $250 million apart from any enhancements or fee awards.

Mr. Johnson has familiarity with a variety of technologies, many of which have been influenced by his early history living in Iowa farm country. His practice has focused on agricultural products (‘cidal products, growth regulators, etc.), biotech and chemical technologies used in the agrochem market, and the manufacturing processes that are used to make those products. He has also represented clients in connection with small molecule pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical grade extracts, Omega-3 fatty acid products and therapies, medical therapies, coatings (as sealants, for disinfection, and preservative), various composites and polymeric fibers, steel formulations, silicon carbide whisker reinforced cutting tools, flame retardants, scents and scent components, reverse osmosis membranes, and veterinary pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Johnson is admitted the patent bar of the US Patent and Trademark Office as well as the state bars of Virginia, the District of Columbia; the US district courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and District of Columbia; the courts of appeal for the Fourth and Seventh Circuit; and the US Supreme Court.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Editorial Board, Law Practice Management Magazine, American Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Science and Technology Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Liaison, Science and Technology Law Section, Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, American Bar Association
  • Member & past Section Council member, Science and Technology Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association
  • Past Contributing Associate Editor, Bulletin of Law, Science and Technology, American Bar Association
  • Past Co-chair, Science and Technology Law Section Committee on Crime and Privacy, American Bar Association
  • Past Liaison, Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight, American Bar Association
  • Past Columnist, “Recent CAFC Decisions,” Litigation Section Newsletter, American Bar Association

Selected, representative cases that in which Mr. Johnson has been lead counsel include:

District Court
  • In re Dimmable Compact Fluorescent Lamps, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-830 – patent
  • Hubbell Incorporated v. The Watt Stopper – patent
  • Hubbell Incorporated v. Dynamic Lighting, Inc – design patent
  • Hubbell Incorporated v. Acuity Brands, Inc. – design patent, trade dress
  • Arysta Lifescience North America, Inc. v. The Hide Group – patent
  • Intersections, Inc. v. Lifelock, Inc. – trademark, unfair competition
  • Hubbell Incorporated v. U.S. Pole Company, Inc. – design patent
  • Sports Design & Development, Inc. v. Pure Fishing, Inc. – trademark, trade dress
  • Hubbell Incorporated v. Genlyte Group, Inc. – patent
  • Normark Corporation v. Pure Fishing, Inc. – trade dress
  • Etigra LLC v. Bayer Cropscience – patent, trade secret, copyright
  • Taymac Corporation v. Hubbell Incorporated – patent
  • Nisus Corporation v. Control Solutions, Inc. – copyright
  • Nisus Corporation v. Schirm USA – copyright
  • Central Mfg. Co. v. Pure Fishing, Inc. – trademark, unfair business practices
  • Countrywide Financial Corporation v. Texas International Property Associates – domain name dispute
  • TayMac Corporation v. Hubbell Incorporated – patent
  • Hubbell Incorporated v. Genlyte Thomas Group – patent
  • Stoller v. Pocekovic, Consolidated appeal nos. 2008-1569 thru 2008-1576 (Fed. Cir.)
  • Stoller v. Pure Fishing, Inc., , Nos. 06-3792, 06-4057, 07-1936, 08-3915 (7th Cir.)
  • In re Leo Stoller, No. 05-B-64075 (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)


  • Iowa State University, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 1982
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1987


  • Registered Patent Attorney (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Author, “Online Marketing of Legal Services”, Law Practice Magazine January 2016
  • Author, “USPTO Re‐Exam Considerations After Fresenius v.
  • Baxter,” Law360 August 2013
  • “Trademark Trolling”, INTA May 2012
  • “Out of the Business – NIH Denies Invitation to Control Drug Prices”,
  • AIPLA Chemical Practice Subcommittee May 2005
  • “Broadening Reissue as a Strategic Response to Inter Partes
  • Reexamination”, AIPLA Spring Meeting May 2004
  • “Inter Partes Reexamination Round Table Testimony”, USPTO February 2004 “Inter Partes Reexamination: The USPTO Alternative To Patent
  • Litigation”, Houston Intellectual Property Law Institute October 2003
  • Editor and co‐author, “E‐mail for Client Communications: A Multinationed Survey,” Bulletin of Law, Science and Technology Law,
  • American Bar Association June 2000

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