[Ip-health] Hal Wegner: Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the PTO, Philip S. Johnson -- there's talk

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue Jun 24 01:33:08 PDT 2014

*From:* hwegner <hwegner at foley.com>
*Sent:* Monday, June 23, 2014 11:35 PM
*To:* Undisclosed recipients:
*Subject:* Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
Director of the PTO, Philip S. Johnson -- there's talk

There’s talk that pharmaceutical executive Philip Johnson is being
seriously considered by the White House for the leadership position at the
Patent Office, The Office is now being run as to non-exclusive leadership
duties by Acting-as-Director Michele K. Lee.



*From the Georgetown University Law School Website*:   [Prof. Philip
S.] Johnson
is Senior Vice President - Intellectual Property Policy & Strategy of
Johnson & Johnson ("J&J"), which is the world's largest diversified health
care company. In his current position, he advises J&Js top management on IP
public policy and strategy issues, including issues relating to its various
IP domestic and international litigations. Professor Johnson is also
President of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and a member of
the Steering Committee of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform.
Before joining J&J in 2000, Professor Johnson was a senior partner and
co-chair of IP litigation at Woodcock Washburn in Philadelphia, where he
specialized in intellectual property issues affecting major pharmaceutical,
medical device and consumer product companies. Professor Johnson regularly
testifies before both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on the
subject of patent law reform and, more recently, abusive patent litigation.
He is also a co-author of "Compensatory Damages Issues In Patent
Infringement Cases, A Pocket Guide for Federal District Court Judges,"
published by the Federal Judicial Center. Professor Johnson has been
recognized in the Congressional Record as a member of the Minority Whip's
"Kitchen Cabinet" for the America Invents Act. Thereafter, he served as
IPO's representative on the ABA-AIPLA-IPO committee of six experts ("COSE")
formed at Director Kappos' request, and was awarded the New Jersey
Intellectual Property Law Association's 2013 Jefferson Medal. Professor
Johnson received his Bachelor of Science degree, *cum laude* with
distinction in biology from Bucknell University, and his J.D. degree from
Harvard Law School.”

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