Lee A. Johnson, PhD

Lee Johnson Intellectual Property Law Mintz Levin
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Professional Biography

Lee is a versatile intellectual property attorney and registered patent agent who advises clients on a broad spectrum of IP matters, from patent prosecution and portfolio management to disputes to transactions. He represents clients across a variety of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and AgTech and FoodTech.

In his multifaceted work for companies and IP innovators, Lee drafts and prosecutes US and international patents, develops patent strategies, and serves in an advisory role to clients facing disputes before courts in the United States and Canada, and the USPTO. Lee also acts on behalf of investors, emerging companies, and transactional IP counsel in licensing and technology transfer arrangements, research collaborations and partnerships, initial public offerings (IPOs), mergers, and acquisitions.

Lee regularly counsels clients at all stages of growth in order to secure funding, develop and protect their IP portfolios, create long-term strategies, and achieve desired business outcomes. He is often a company’s first lawyer and has deep experience working alongside founders to obtain funding, scale the business, and create profitable exit strategies. Lee is embedded in the life sciences ecosystem and has developed strong relationships with investors, strategic partners, universities, and other incubators, and he frequently writes and speaks on how companies can access capital and maximize their assets.

Prior to joining Mintz, Lee was a partner in the Patents & Innovations group of a leading Silicon Valley-based law firm. He started his career practicing IP law with an international firm based in Canada.

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