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Rod is pleased to be currently tutoring international participants in Advanced Course on Basics of Patent Drafting, which is one of many distance learning courses offered by the WIPO Academy in Geneva, Switzerland.

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The firm's founder, Rodney D. Johnson, is a registered patent attorney.  Rod has been frequently selected for inclusion in Massachusetts/New England Super Lawyers by Thomas Reuters, as being among the top 5% of lawyers in Massachusetts and New England.  He is an IP Expert for the WIPO Academy in Geneva, Switzerland and serves as a distance learning tutor for international participants learning patent drafting skills. He has also served as an instructor for the United Nations - World International Property Organization (WIPO) and the African Regional International Property Organization (ARIPO) to help educate African scientists, engineers, and government officials about patent practice, including teaching in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and at ARIPO headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Rod’s practice includes counseling in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, tradesecrets, and licensing agreements.  In particular, Rod prepares and prosecutes patent applications in computer software, hardware and networks; business methods; electronics including active matrix display panels, electrical circuits and semiconductor device fabrication; optical systems; medical devices and procedures; telecommunications; green technologies; pharmaceutical technologies; and mechanical devices and designs.  For more details of his patent prosecution experience, click here.  In addition, he prepares IP non-infringement, freedom-to-operate, and due diligence opinions related to intellectual property.

Rod is also experienced in resolving disputed matters.  He has resolved matters both amicably and through litigation in areas of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and domain name disputes.  For more details about disputed matters, click here.

Before founding the firm, Rod was a Principal and Shareholder with Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C., in Concord, Massachusetts.   In addition to his law degree and over 30 years of IP experience, Rod holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has 7 years of industry experience as a software engineer.  That legal and technical experience combine to provide quality intellectual property representation.

Rod's technical experience includes work as a software engineer with Raytheon Company, where he helped develop various state-of-the-art radar systems, including a unique radar for acquiring technical intelligence data on earth re-entry characteristics of in-flight ballistic missiles.  He also worked as a systems software engineer with Litton-Itek Optical Systems, where he developed control software for an actively controlled experimental space-based mirror for a high-energy laser device.  As a software consultant to GTE Government Systems, he was a technical leader in the development of crypto-key management software for the U.S. government’s secure telephone system.  Rod has also worked for IBM and the U.S. Air Force's Rome Air Development Center (now Rome Laboratories).




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The Johnson IP Law Firm is an intellectual property boutique founded in 2006 and strategically located west of Boston in Needham, Massachusetts.


We offer senior-level skill and quality at attractive rates.  We focus on prosecuting patents in the electrical, mechanical, and software arts.  We also handle licensing related to intellectual property and prepare non-infringement, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate opinions.


Please explore this website to learn more about how we can help you.