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Lance Gordon Johnson

Patent application Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   6 reviews
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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 34 years
    Virginia - VA 36 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1989
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Lance

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Practice areas

Patent law first intrigued me while working on a boat in the Caribbean on crystal clear, blue waters. I was a photographer with an assignment to help with a pending patent infringement lawsuit by taking pictures of fishing lines with various color treatments to determine the accuracy and enablement of whether fluorescent dyes in fishing lines are activated underwater in fishing lines.


I became a patent lawyer in large measure due to that early project. I have an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Chemical Engineering and my law degree from The George Washington University.


I have been a patent examiner, and now my practice involves most aspects of matters that involve a patent, a trademark, a copyright and the asociated business interests around these topics.


I offer an extended consultation to better gauge whether you need help and, if so, just how I can help.




Johnson Legal PLLC
12545 White Drive
Fairfax, VA, 22030


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Posted by Keith | September 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tired of the rest then use the best!
I have used Lance Johnson for 28 years now. He has been with a number of small boutique firms and large D.C. based IP firms. His experience as a patent examiner and litigator is paramount to his grasp of the key issues. I have used him for Freedom to Operate letters, patent filings, patent litigation, ITC 337 advice, trademarks, copyrights, and general contract licensing and compensation agreements. I find his work ethic incredible and his passion for excellence and accuracy fundamental to why I keep going back to him for assistance. If you are in business there will come a time when you need a sharp honest attorney and Lance is exactly that. If you need to protect your proprietary developments or defend them in court Lance will do an exceptional job for you. His legal insight has been directly responsible for many successful achievements in my career and I have been blessed to work with him. Believe me, now that he has his own firm he will make you feel that your project is THE most important one that he is working on. He will explain things where you can understand them, and most of all, he will cut to the gist of the legal matters due to his vast experience of working with some of THE BEST law firms in the USA. You won't find a easier and more pleasant person to work with either. That combination of legal expertise and great personality is an extremely rare combination. Give him a try some time, you will be very, very pleased with Lance and his work.
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Posted by Dave | July 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patent Application
I am a recent client of Mr. Lance Johnson, who provided superb expertise during my patent application. He is highly professional and his communications with me were thorough in each step of the process. Working with him to capture the essence of my computer system invention in the patent application was an absolute breeze. He accurately discerned and described every technical aspect.
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Posted by Vernon | September 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Patent advice
In my mind Lance is one of the most honorable lawyers I have ever met. He has given me very sound advice and support as well as going well over what was expected in the beginning stages of our business relationship. I would HIGHLY recommend his services to anyone seeking legal advice.
Posted by Vince | March 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Copyright issues
Lance was great. He was extremely responsive and explained all options and what the end result could be expected of all. I would recommend lance to any family member or friend that needed help in this area. I cannot thank him enough.
Posted by Todd | June 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is where your IP attorney search should end.
I’ve worked with Lance since 2013 on patent filings, valuation, contracts and litigation each time emerging victorious. Lance uses a realistic, consultative approach and prevents wasted time, energy, effort and money(yours and his). As a consummate professional with decades of experience you will appreciate and benefit from his candor and vast knowledge. I met him through a referral of one of his clients and our mutual friend. I have since had the pleasure of referring some of my friends and a few acquaintances that needed or were considering IP protection for a variety of endeavors. A key element that you only learn from working with Lance is that he not only fully understands the design but also possesses the ability to protect you by obtaining clarifications from you that could later become potential pitfalls of litigation. If you’re truly serious about the protection of your intellectual properties this is the attorney you were looking for from the start.
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Posted by Jan | June 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do not know anyone better!
It has been well over 20 years ago when I met Lance first time. That time he worked for a prestigious DC firm. We worked on a couple of patents for agrochemical use. Since then I have remain in contact with him and he prepared another patent for me and provided with important legal insight. Lance is very experienced in the area of patenting. He has an incredible grasp of novel scientific and technological concepts, which is essential for preparing a patent application. Most impressive is the speed of his work writing applications and preparing associated documents. I have always had an impression that he is a few steps ahead of me and I need to speed up my part of work. There are always very insightful conversations with him, revealing hidden problems to proactively deal with. I value Lance for his direct and honest approach and great personality. It has been always pleasure to work with Lance.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Roylance, Abrams, Berdo & Goodman, LLP
  • 1999 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Banner & Witcoff
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Banner, Birch, McKie & Beckett
  • 1990 - 1997
  • Clerk/Associate
  • Law Offices of Robert Kock
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Examiner
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
  • 1982 - 1987
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  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Iowa State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Certain Dimmable Compact Fluorescent Lamps and Products (ITC 337-TA-830)
  • Complaint dismissed for lack of domestic industry
  • Central Mfg. Co. v. Pure Fishing
  • Case dismissed, sanctions levied against plaintiff
  • FilmTec v. Hydranautics
  • established the FilmTec rule for contracts


  • Law Practice Division, American Bar Association
  • Magazine Editorial Board
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight
  • Liaison
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Bulletin of Law
  • Contributing Associate Editor
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Standing Committee on Information Systems
  • Liaison
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Law Section
  • Section Council Member
  • N/A
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English


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Attorney endorsements

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Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Lance Johnson for nearly 30 years, participated in teaching seminars with him, and had many chances to see his work up close. I can endorse him without reservation - his ethics and skills are top notch."
Trademark infringement Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lance is an accomplished and talented trademark lawyer. I worked on a matter with him that involved a very difficult defendant. Lance went way beyond the call of duty to obtain an excellent result for the client."
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