Sound Legal Representation

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Barbara E. Johnson

Meet Barbara E. Johnson, Esq., whose experience as an intellectual property attorney is exceeded only by the customer service her clients call, "Fantastic." Barbara E. Johnson has over 30 years under her belt as an intellectual property attorney. Her experience and professionalism can benefit you in your intellectual property matters.

Ms. Johnson began as a Patent Agent at the NASA-Langley Research Center at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The Chief Patent Counsel at NASA-Langley marveled at how Ms. Johnson, who had been an undergraduate Biology major, could be so adept at writing and prosecuting patent applications for turbines, engines, wing-tip vortex attenuation, and aircraft-anti-spin technologies.

Ms. Johnson had found her true calling — representing inventors in virtually any technology area. As she says, "the inventor is the expert--and if I am a good listener, I can package and present what they say." Since NASA-Langley, Ms. Johnson has spent 31 years in full-time private law practice--both as Director of a top-25 Pittsburgh law firm and, since 2007, as a solo practitioner in her own law firm. Because Ms. Johnson is a business owner as well as a lawyer, she will tune in immediately to the business and technology challenges you face--give her a call.

"I love to help my clients take their innovative ideas and turn them into high-value intellectual property."

Ms. Johnson's publication titles let the reader in on her unique perspectives and abilities:


“Explaining How Patentable Inventions Can Still Infringe Other Patents—It's as Easy as Looking at a Wedding Cake,”

Intellectual Property Today, May 2010.


“Seven Strategic Initiatives Against Restriction Requirements,”

Intellectual Property Today, December 2005


“A Practical Guide to the Festo Case,”

The Practical Lawyer and reprinted in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Newsletter, vol. 7, no. 1, Spring 2003


“Utility Plant Patents—a Practical Introduction,”

Biotechnology Law Report, October 2002.


“How Many Lawyers Can Balance on the Head of a DNA Chip?”

Biotechnology Law Report, June 2002


“Trademarks: Evolving Law, Practice and The Lollipop Lady,”

71 J.P.T.O.S. 759, 1989


Education & Law Experience

Barbara received her Bachelor of Science from Grove City College in Biology. She went on to study at the College of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law. Barbara started her career as a patent agent for the NASA-Langley Research Center. She then worked at The Webb Law Firm where she became the first woman director and vice president. Ms. Johnson is now an intellectual property attorney in Pittsburgh, PA, where she concentrates (without exclusion) in chemical and medical products and processes, including patents, trademarks, IP licensing and enforcement. Barbara E. Johnson, Esq. helps to support her clients when developing new products and discovering new technologies by protecting their patents, trademarks, and copyright interests.

Barbara gives frequent presentations on biotechnology and intellectual property law. She has also published several works over the years. She has served as president of the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association, chaired the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society and is also a past president of The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, and a past Assistant Governor of Rotary International District 7300.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania — 1984

  • U.S. Court of AppealsFederal Circuit — 1992

Education

  • J.D. — College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law

  • B.S. — Grove City College