Jim Johnson cut his teeth as a trademark lawyer by serving as in-house counsel for The Coca-Cola and Kellogg companies and as an Examining Attorney in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Now a member of Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Jim continues to enforce the trademarks and copyrights of some of the world’s most famous and valuable brands, as well as smaller companies and start-ups. His practice includes filing oppositions and lawsuits to protect high-value intellectual property rights, counseling clients on how to best protect those rights, including licensing matters, and managing international IP portfolios. He also advises on unfair competition and domain-name disputes.
Jim regularly works with clients and investigators to identify infringing marks around the world, including those found online. He challenges infringement and counterfeit trademark use through litigation and administrative procedures, and protects trademarks by developing enforcement strategies with global customs departments and IP rights agencies. Jim’s extensive background in managing international portfolios includes negotiating and drafting settlement agreements and preparing clearance opinion memos and strategies. Jim represents clients in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in litigation before the U.S. District Courts.
Jim is a registered mediator of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
Awards and Rankings
Received the "Mentor of the Year" award by Atlanta IP Inn Court (2016)
Named among “The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals” in Georgia by World Trademark Review (2016)
Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of intellectual property (2010-2016)
Named one of the best minority intellectual property attorneys in America by The Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Diversity and the Bar (May/June 2003)
Member, Pro Bono Committee, International Trademark Association
Former Member, Trademark Public Advisory Committee, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Former Member, Board of Directors, International Trademark Association
Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Secretary, Atlanta IP Inn of Court
Chair-Elect, IP Section of the State Bar of Georgia
Member, State Bar of Georgia Diversity Committee