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R. Brian Johnson

Contact

Phone: (828) 258-2991
Fax: (828) 257-2773
Email: bjohnson@vwlawfirm.com

Education

University of South Carolina
J.D., 1995

Duke University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1988
 

Meet Brian

Brian joined The Van Winkle Law Firm in 2012 and practices in intellectual property law concentrating on patents, trademarks and copyrights. As an undergraduate at Duke University, he majored in Electrical Engineering which serves as the basis for his work in patents, trademarks and copyrights. Brian began his legal career with the United States Patent Office in the Washington, D.C. area before moving to private practice. His work as an attorney has encompassed all aspects of intellectual property, including patent and trademark prosecution, opinion work, assisting litigators, as well as advising clients in regard to copyrights, trade secrets and licensing initiatives. More information is available at www.ashevillepatent.com.

Practice Highlights

  • Served as a United States Patent Examiner with the Telecommunications Art Unit from 1995 to 1996.
  • Served on the intellectual property discovery team for tobacco litigation across the United States, representing state governments seeking recovery from tobacco companies.
  • Served as Contracts, Licensing and Intellectual Property Attorney for the State of South Carolina. Duties included managing state intellectual property rights from the S.C. Data Center within the Office of the State's Chief Information Officer.
  • For the last ten years, Brian has practiced privately in the U.S. and internationally in:
    • Patent and trademark prosecution
    • Patent and trademark litigation
    • Patentability searches and opinions
    • Clearance searches
    • Prior art analysis
    • Invalidity and non-infringement opinions
    • Licensing
    • Intellectual property portfolio management

Professional Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • South Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
     

Contact

Phone: (828) 258-2991
Fax: (828) 257-2773
Email: bjohnson@vwlawfirm.com

Education

University of South Carolina
J.D., 1995

Duke University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1988
 

Work with Brian

Brian grew up in Marion, S.C. on a tobacco farm with his parents and seven siblings. He lives in Asheville, N.C. with his wife and two children.

Favorite Food
Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

Favorite Time Outside of Work
Kids’ activities at the YMCA and weekend meals with my wife and two children

Favorite Read
Nonfiction, especially books or articles with simple explanations of hard stuff like Christianity, spirituality, international affairs and how to survive raising little children in my 40s

Last Place Visited
A walk with my kids in my hometown of Marion, S.C. and looking for a coyote on my family’s farm

Guilty Pleasures
Starbucks, buying stuff at the Duke University Book Store and channel surfing on digital cable, even the non-English language channels

Community Involvement

  • Former Deacon, Matthews Presbyterian Church in Matthews, N.C.