• Biography

    Dustin Johnson focuses his practice on strategic client counseling and intellectual property transactional matters to protect clients’ technology and industry market space. He advises clients with respect to freedom to operate or product clearance, patent infringement, and patent validity, and he prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a wide variety of technology areas.

    Having advised companies at all stages of growth, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Dustin understands the role of intellectual property as a company asset and takes solution-driven approaches to help clients achieve their goals.

    Dustin was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Patent Law, 2020-2021. He was selected by his peers as one of Fort Worth’s Top Attorneys in Intellectual Property by Fort Worth Magazine, Panther City Media Group, 2012–2019.

    His experience covers a variety of technology areas, including:

    • Medical processes, systems and devices – implants, prosthetics, instruments, orthopedic applications, and surgical techniques.
    • Mechanical and electro-mechanical systems – drilling rigs, rig operating systems, controllers, heavy machinery, windmills, transmissions, and engines.
    • Telecommunications – mobile phone applications, cellular communications, signaling, and others.
    • Household and miscellaneous items – ranging from shoes to showerheads and from leaf collectors to litter boxes.

    Dustin’s practice includes:

    • Preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications.
    • Preparation of formal opinions of counsel, including invalidity and non-infringement opinions.
    • Clearance or freedom-to-use assessments.
    • Subject matter landscaping to identify and advise clients with respect to open areas or white-space including identifying additional development opportunities.
    • Patent office trial proceedings, including inter partes reviews.
    • Litigation support for a variety of intellectual property matters.

    Dustin's prior work experience is in the industrial diamond industry, where he conducted research and development for supermaterials including polycrystalline diamond (PCD) inserts and compacts for down-hole drilling applications. He also managed press operations and supervised various manufacturing processes. In addition to his law degree, Dustin holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 2002, with honors, American University International Law Review
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1998
  • Admissions

    • Virginia
    • Texas
    • District of Columbia
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia