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Jeffrey C. Johnson

Fax +1.206.370.6095

Mr. Johnson is a trial lawyer focusing on intellectual property and other types of high stakes complex litigation. Mr. Johnson has successfully tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, and prevailed in multiple TRO/preliminary injunction hearings. He has also led internal corporate trade secret and copyright infringement investigations.

Representative Experience

Trade Secret/Copyright

  • TSMC v. SMIC (Alameda County Superior Court). Lead team defending TSMC against Cross-Claims brought by SMIC in this billion dollar trade secret litigation involving trade secrets related to microprocessor manufacturing.
  • Microsoft Corporation v. Google Inc., Dr. Kai-Fu Lee (King County Superior Court). Lead team representing Microsoft in litigation against Google and Dr. Lee. Successfully argued motion for Temporary Restraining Order and prevailed in mini-trial obtaining Preliminary Injunction prohibiting Google and Dr. Lee from misappropriating Microsoft trade secrets or otherwise violating Dr. Lee’s non-competition agreement.
  • Placeware v. Higgins et. al.  (Santa Clara County Superior Court).  Lead trial counsel for Placeware in litigation against several former employees for misappropriation of trade secrets.  Obtained permanent injunctive relief as well as other relief against each former employee. 
  • MediaNet, Inc. v. Boxlight Corp. (Southern District of New York.)  Successful defense and resolution of copyright infringement claims against defendant. 
  • Lead trial counsel for current owners of HK Systems/Endura/Irista ERP software  in several software copyright infringement suits.
  • Amazon.com, Inc. v. Nimbula (King County Superior Court). Lead trial counsel for Amazon in litigation against start-up cloud computing company comprised primarily of former Amazon employees. 
  • FloorFactory, Inc. v. Smooth Corp (Superior Court County of San Francisco).  Lead counsel successfully resolved cross-claims against plaintiff for trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation. 
  • RealNetworks v. LockStream (King County Superior Court). Successful defense and resolution of start-up company in trade secret misappropriation litigation.

Patent Litigation

  • Wistron Corporation v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  (Northern District of California).  Managed key elements of multi-million dollar patent infringement case involving computer software and hardware related patents.  
  • Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Leiner Health Products, LLC. (Western District of Washington).  Successfully obtained dismissal of patent infringement and false advertising claims related to nutritional supplements. 
  • Wacom Co.Ltd. v. Hanvon Corporation (Western District of Washington). Took lead on key elements of patent infringement case related to drawing tablet technology.   

Commercial Litigation

  • City of Seattle v.Professional Basketball Club (Western District of Washington).  Represented City of Seattle in specific performance lawsuit seeking to prohibit the Seattle Supersonics NBA basketball team from breaking its lease.  Examined several witnesses during trial.  Matter settled one hour before issuance of Court’s ruling.
  • Motricity, Inc. v. Elfman (King County Superior Court). Obtained Dismissal with Prejudice of multiple claims brought against executive by former employer. 
  • Microsoft Corporation v. Digeo, Inc. (King County Superior Court). Lead team representing Microsoft in multi-million dollar litigation involving complex technology and licensing agreement issues. 


  • Selected to the Washington Super Lawyers List (2004, 2007, 2009-2011)
  • Selected to the Washington Rising Stars List (2004)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Participant (by invitation) in Microsoft's Advocacy Academy 1.0 and 2.0
  • ABA Sections of Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Non-Compete and Trade Secrets subcommittee of ABA Section of Litigation