Ashley Johnson focuses her practice on patent and trademark prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in foreign countries. She is experienced with the patent appeals process, having successfully argued for reversal of Examiner rejections with the Patent and Trial Appeal Board and in foreign patent and trademark matters in Europe, China, Canada, and other foreign jurisdictions.
In her of counsel role at the Forrest Firm, Ashley helps clients build their patent and trademark portfolio by preparing, filing, and prosecuting chemical, biomedical, medical device, and mechanical patent applications. In addition, she renders patentability, validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions and counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues.
Before obtaining her law degree, Ashley worked in biochemical research in both the pharmaceutical industry and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she served for eight years as in-house intellectual property counsel, working as both patent attorney and a trademark lawyer, at a major packaging corporation in South Carolina, with a focus on medical devices and related product innovations. While in-house, Ashley managed a global portfolio of more than 300 trademarks. She also has extensive experience in private practice and brings a very pragmatic approach to client engagement.