Kristi Johnson’s first-hand experience as both in-house counsel to major research universities and pharmaceutical companies enables her to truly “dig-in” to her clients’ patent portfolios and provide advice that is backed by decades of experience. Kristi’s passion is within the biotechnology field, namely plant breeding and genetics, plant breeders rights, agriculture and plant variety protection. She also has experience in patents involving pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, biochemistry, virology, organic chemistry, food science and materials science.

Kristi previously served as the Director of InnovationAccess for the University of California, Davis, where she was responsible for the office of over 30 tech professionals and managed strategic plans, budgets, technology resource acquisition and implementation, human resources, litigation attorney selection and policies, contract review and approval, data reporting, patent prosecution and licensing training, startup advising, and policy interpretation. During her tenure, the University of California, Davis received approximately $1 Billion in research funding.

Kristi has worked with numerous universities, research institutions, Fortune 500 companies, pharmaceutical companies and startups in protecting their intellectual property and securing advantageous licensing deals. She provides advice on patentability opinions, agreements and intellectual property portfolios.


Indiana University, B.S., Biology

Indiana University, J.D.


  • Michigan
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Colorado (inactive)
  • Indiana (inactive)
  • Ohio (inactive)