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Kristen Johns

Kristen Johns


Tennessee, U.S.A.

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Kristen Johns is a transactional attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Her practice intersects privacy, security, technology, and intellectual property. As a registered patent attorney, Kristen helps clients protect and maximize their intellectual property assets and advises clients on a broad range of issues, including patent and trademark protection, data privacy and security matters, cybersecurity and cloud-related issues with a particular focus on issues related to emerging technologies such as blockchain or distributed ledger technology. Throughout her career, Kristen has served the following industries:

Life Sciences
Emerging Technologies
As a patent attorney who has managed intellectual property portfolios in-house, Kristen understands her clients’ intellectual property and agreement needs, and remains passionately engaged to achieve their strategic objectives. Clients praise her for her ability to stay ahead of the curve and get the job done.

Hospital systems as well as companies involved in healthcare information technology and life sciences value the experience Kristen brings to strategic business and operational issues. In addition to extensive experience in trademark, copyright, and patent licensing and protection, Kristen’s insight is critically important to negotiating and structuring contractual relationships with respect to:

Strategic alliances and collaboration agreements
Intellectual property licensing and related agreements
Data privacy and security rights
HIPAA and patient privacy
Compliance with regulatory standards governing protected health information, electronic health records, and medical devices
Software licensing
SaaS agreements
Managing IP portfolios
Before joining Waller, Kristen was General Counsel for a start-up life sciences company where she structured and negotiated numerous multi-million dollar collaboration agreements and commercial alliances in addition to managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio. More recently Kristen served as Assistant General Counsel at Emdeon (now Change Healthcare), a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle solutions. In this role she advised product development teams on a broad range of matters, including intellectual property protection, branding and marketing, HIPAA compliance, and customer and third party vendor contracts.

Throughout her career, Kristen has negotiated and managed the implementation of numerous license and strategic development agreements as well as other complex corporate transactions involving software and technology transfer and strategic IP asset acquisitions. She has also developed and implemented comprehensive in-house patent programs, policies, and procedures related to the data and security issues facing her healthcare clients.

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


J.D., St. Louis University School of Law, 2000
B.S., Vanderbilt University, Engineering Science, Minor in Chemistry, Management Technology, 1995
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

Member, United States Patent Bar
Member, Tennessee Bar and Missouri Bar Associations
Member, Licensing Executive Society
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Professional Activities and Experience

Assistant General Counsel, Emdeon, Nashville, Tenn., 2012 - 2014
Private Practice, 2008 - 2012
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Orion Genomics, LLC, St. Louis, Mo. 2002 - 2008
Associate, Suelthaus & Walsh, PC, St. Louis, Mo., 2000 - 2002
Sales and Marketing Representative, Bethlehem Steel Corp., 1995 - 1997


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