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Jeffrey P. Johnson

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Johnson, Jeffrey P.

Jeff Johnson represents public and private clients, from large public companies to new startups and emerging companies, in the hardware, software, data, Internet, financial, FinTech and other markets. The core areas of his practice include the development and commercialization of technology and products.

Mr. Johnson's practice focuses on technology and patent licensing, joint ventures and collaboration agreements, domestic and international distribution and reseller agreements, outsourcing agreements, services and consulting agreements, and acquisition and sale of technology assets. His technology licensing practice involves negotiations and drafting of hardware, software, data and other intellectual property licenses; development agreements; manufacturing agreements; sales representative agreements; hosted service agreements; 'Software as a Service' contracts; Internet advertising and use agreements and related arrangements. He also advises clients generally on the protection and commercialization of intellectual property assets. Learn more about Jeff's practice and how he can support your startup on WilmerHaleLaunch.com.

Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Mr. Johnson was associated with another firm, where he represented a number of large and small public corporations in general corporate and securities matters.

Honors & Awards

  • Named a 2013-2017 leading practitioner in patent law by IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners  
  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States for the M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Commercial Deals and Contracts and Media, Technology and Telecoms: Technology: Transactions categories
  • Selected in 2009-2013 as one of the 250 "World's Leading IP Strategists" by IAM Magazine (UK)

Publications & News

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December 6, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Regal Entertainment Group in Signing of Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by Cineworld Group PLC

Regal Entertainment Group announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Cineworld Group PLC for Cineworld, the UK's largest cinema operator.

September 28, 2017

WilmerHale Represents CIRCOR in $855M Acquisition of Colfax’s Fluid Handling Business from Colfax Corp.

CIRCOR International, Inc.—a leading provider of flow control solutions and other highly engineered products for markets including oil & gas, aerospace, power, process and general industrial—announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Colfax Fluid Handling (CFH) from Colfax Corporation for approximately $855 million including cash, newly issued CIRCOR shares, and the assumption of pension plan liabilities linked to the CFH business.

July 24, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized in IAM Patent 1000 2017

The firm and several of its partners are ranked in IAM Patent 1000 2017 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals.

June 29, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Progress in Acquiring Kinvey, the Leader in Backend as a Service (BaaS) Technology

Progress announced it has acquired Kinvey, a privately held company based in Boston and leader in Backend as a Service technology. This acquisition is a key part of the Progress strategy to provide the best platform to build and deliver modern cognitive-first applications.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

April 4, 2017

Progress Buys DataRPM for $30M to Build Business Apps

Progress Software, the leading provider of application development and deployment technologies, announced it has completed a $30 million acquisition of DataRPM, a privately held company and leader in cognitive predictive maintenance for the industrial IoT market.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

February 12, 2016

ASICS Acquires FitnessKeeper, Operator of Boston-Based Runkeeper App

ASICS Corporation today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire FitnessKeeper, Inc., the operator of fitness tracking app “Runkeeper”—an application that can track and record fitness activities such as running, walking and cycling through GPS on smartphone devices.

January 13, 2015

Citrix Acquires Sanbolic

Citrix announced that it completed its acquisition of Sanbolic, an innovator and leader in workload-oriented storage virtualization technologies. Sanbolic technology enables customers to software-define storage to optimize the delivery of application-specific workloads.

October 22, 2014

Progress Software Announces Intent to Acquire Telerik

WilmerHale client Progress Software Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Telerik AD, a leading provider of application development tools.

Recent Highlights

  • Represented Alcatel-Lucent in their sale of their LGS subsidiary for $200 million
  • Represent Oxford Instruments (UK) in global product distribution agreements for scientific instruments and materials
  • Represented an international investment bank in its licensing of foreign exchange trading data and algorithms
  • Represent Benu Networks in commercialization and distribution agreements for telecom equipment and software
  • Represent Booz Allen Hamilton in intellectual property and transactional matters
  • Represent Tego, Inc. in product commercialization agreements with aircraft suppliers and manufacturers

 

Professional Activities

Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Bar Association and the Licensing Executives Society. Mr. Johnson was Co-Chair of the Boston Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society from 2007 to 2012.

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Education

JD, Stanford Law School, 1998

MS, Information Systems Policy, University of Maine, 1995

BS, Engineering, with Highest Distinction, University of Maine, 1993

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

New York

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