Philip S. Johnson

Principal of Johnson-IP Strategy

and Policy Consulting

Phil is the principal of Johnson-IP Strategy and Policy Consulting, which he founded after his retirement in February 2017 as Senior Vice President - Intellectual Property Policy & Strategy of Johnson & Johnson – Law Department. He is currently Chair of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform, Co-Chapter Editor of the Sedona Conference WG10 biopharmaceutical patent litigation project, and a member of the board of the Monell Chemical Senses Center. Prior to April of 2014, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Johnson & Johnson where he managed a worldwide group of about 270 IP professionals, of whom over 100 were patent and trademark attorneys.

Before joining Johnson & Johnson in 2000, Phil was a senior partner and co-chair of IP litigation at Woodcock Washburn in Philadelphia. During his 27 years in private practice, Phil counseled independent inventors, startups, universities and businesses of all sizes in all aspects of intellectual property law. His diverse practice pertained to advances in a wide variety of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, consumer products, semi-conductor fabrication, automated manufacturing, materials and waste management. During his time in private practice, Phil served as trial counsel in countless IP disputes, including cases resolved by arbitration, bench trials, jury trials and appeals to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, many of which resulted in reported decisions.

During his tenure at Johnson & Johnson, Phil served terms on the Medical Device & Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical Group Operating Committees responsible for managing J&J’s many businesses in these fields, while also serving on the senior management team responsible for J&J’s legal organization, which then comprised over 450 attorneys located in 70+ locations in 35+ countries.

Phil’s has previously served as the Chair of the Board of American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation, as President of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, as President of INTERPAT, as President of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, as President of the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation, as Chair of PhRMA’s IP Focus Group and as Board Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Phil has frequently testified before both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees about patent law reform, abusive patent litigation practices and, more recently, “Sovereign Immunity and the Intellectual Property System.” Phil served as a member of Chief Judge Michel’s Advisory Council on Patent Reform and was recognized in the Congressional Record as a member of the Minority Whip Jon Kyle’s “Kitchen Cabinet” for the America Invents Act (“AIA”). Thereafter, Phil served as IPO’s representative on the ABA-AIPLA-IPO committee of six experts (“COSE”) formed at the Director’s request to propose regulations to the USPTO for implementing the PGR-IPR post-grant proceedings created by the AIA.

Phil co-authored “Compensatory Damages Issues In Patent Infringement Cases, A Pocket Guide for Federal District Court Judges,” and its 2017 edition, “Compensatory Damages Issues in Patent Infringement Cases,” both published by the Federal Judicial Center, and has served that Center as a faculty member on its IP-related judicial education programming. Phil was featured in the Landslide Publication March/April 2013 issue. Phil also authored “The America Invents Act on Its Fifth Anniversary: A Promise Thus Far Only Partially Fulfilled,” (9/15/2016), and “A Look Back at the Legislative Origin of IPRs” (9/19/2017), both published in IP Watchdog.

Phil’s awards include the Woodcock Prize for Legal Excellence (1997); the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association’s Jefferson Medal (2013); the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Association’s Distinguished Intellectual Property Practitioner award (May, 2017), induction into the international IP Hall of Fame by the IP Hall of Fame Academy (June, 2017), the Intellectual Property Owners Association “Carl B. Horton President’s Distinguished Service Award” (September, 2017), and an honorary “Doctor of Laws” degree conferred by the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce Law School (May, 2021).

Phil received his Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude with distinction in biology from Bucknell University, and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.