Whit Johnson

I provide high-tech patent-related legal services for start-ups and emerging companies.  The goal is to construct, as cost-effectively as possible, a wall of protection for the crown jewels of the company, namely the innovative technology that fuels its success.  We want a patent portfolio that gives investors high confidence in exclusivity and limits competitors to either acquiring or steering clear.

My work is counseling clients on developing, protecting, and utilizing intellectual property rights, including U.S. and foreign patent procurement, patent portfolio management, and strategic counseling, and encompasses patent preparation and prosecution, patent opinions, due diligence investigations, audits, and pre-litigation patent analysis. In addition, I counsel companies on licensing and other transactions involving intellectual property assets and intellectual property dispute matters.

My technical background is computer science and computer engineering, so I gravitate to companies in Innovative Technology sectors, including software and computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, fintech and business methods, blockchain, virtual reality and augmented reality, cleantech and energy tech, and electromechanical devices.

I work with companies of varying sizes, from startups to Fortune 50 companies.  I enjoy working with start-ups and emerging companies because of the opportunity to journey with founders and top management in a more strategic and collaborative capacity on issues and projects that are vital to enterprise success.

I am passionate about establishing the patent portfolios of my early-stage clients at a standard of sophistication that commands respect in any setting and that is commensurate with the elite companies of the world.

I have found the team at Foley is unmatched in care and capability to fully service clients and particularly emerging companies.

Outside of the office, I love spending time with my wife and our four daughters and I enjoy anything they will do with me, including mountain biking, cycling, hiking, boating, skiing, and cheering on my daughters.