Ranked, National Tier 1: Biotechnology Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2010–2012)
honors + affiliations
Member, American Bar Association
Member, National Bar Association
Member, Inns of Court, Intellectual Property section
Hall of Fame Inductee, Charles Houston Bar Association
Listed, Who’s Who in American Law
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, former lawyer delegate
Listed, Daily Journal's Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators (2013)
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2013)
Listed as a Law360 MVP in Intellectual Property Law (2011)
Listed, Northern California Super Lawyer (2006 & 2008)
Listed, "Leading Intellectual Property Attorneys in California," Daily Journal (2009)
Listed, Daily Journal's Top 100 California's Leading Lawyers (2007)
Listed, U.S. Legal 500 Volume 2: Intellectual Property, Media, Technology and Telecoms (2007)
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- San Francisco
One Market, Spear Street Tower
San Francisco, CA 94105-1596
Daniel Johnson is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation and Intellectual Property Practices. Mr. Johnson focuses his practice on complex patent and intellectual property related matters. He has tried to verdict numerous cases, including bringing and defending patent infringement and trade secret cases, license disputes, unfair competition, and false advertisement disputes. Mr. Johnson is recognized as a premier civil trial lawyer and has been recognized by California Magazine as an intellectual property trial lawyer of the year for 2011 for patent cases and was named an Intellectual Property MVP by Law360. He is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and has been repeatedly rated as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state of California by the Daily Journal and Super Lawyer magazine. In 2011, he secured one of the largest patent verdicts in the country.
Mr. Johnson's recent significant representations include:
Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research v. Cochlear Corporation, et al.
Mr. Johnson was the lead trial attorney for the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research in a patent dispute involving Cochlear implants. AMF sued Cochlear Ltd. for infringing two AMF patents. On January 23, 2014, after a two-week jury trial in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the jury rendered a unanimous verdict that Cochlear infringed on the Alfred E. Mann Foundation’s patents and further, that the infringement was willful. The jury awarded damages of $131.2 million.ActiveVideo v. VerizonMr. Johnson, acting as lead trial attorney, obtained the largest patent jury verdict in the Eastern District of Virginia this century. The total recovery, including post-trial rulings, will exceed $260 million. The trial judge also ordered the company to pay a sunset royalty of more than double the royalty rate found by the jury for a 10-month month period while Verizon attempted to design around the patents in suit. In addition to the damages and injunction, Mr. Johnson invalidated two Verizon patents that were asserted as part of Verizon's counterclaim. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the $260 million verdict against Verizon in August 2012.
On January 22, 2007, an ITC Administrative Law Judge recommended the issuance of an exclusion order, on behalf of our client, involving LED technology in the matter of certain high brightness light emitting diodes and products containing same. Mr. Johnson acted as lead trial counsel on this matter.
On November 22, 2006, Mr. Johnson was lead counsel on a patent infringement case, L.G.Philips LCD Co. v. Chunghwa Picture Tubes, U.S. Dist. Ct. for C.D. Cal., that resulted in a jury verdict of $53.5 million—ranking it in the top 100 verdicts in the country—and a finding of willfulness. The Court ordered enhanced damages and granted an injunction.
On July 18, 2005, after a three-week jury trial, Mr. Johnson, representing O2 Micro Technology, obtained a verdict in favor of our client for theft of trade secrets against Monolithic Power Systems (MPS). The jury found that the theft was willful, and the court enhanced the damages. The jury also found that O2 Micro did not infringe either of the patents asserted by MPS and invalidated both MPS patents and all asserted claims and obtained a jury verdict damages on a trade secret cross complaint.
Mr. Johnson represented Compuware in a five-week jury trial venued in the Eastern District of Michigan against IBM. This dispute included claims of theft of trade secrets, antitrust claims, and claims for copyright and patent infringement. The case settled in Compuware's favor on March 31, 2005 for $400 million.
Mr. Johnson is admitted to practice in California.
- Yale Law School, 1973, J.D.
- University of California, Berkeley, 1970, A.B., With Honors