Kristen Johns is a transactional patent attorney in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Kristen's experience intersects privacy, security, technology and intellectual property, and she leads the firm's distributed ledger/blockchain practice. 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 strategies, artificial intelligence, data privacy and security matters, cybersecurity and cloud-related issues with a particular focus on issues related to emerging technologies.
Throughout her career, Kristen has served the following industries:
As a patent attorney who has managed intellectual property portfolios in-house, Kristen understands her clients' intellectual property and transactional 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.
Kristen's insight is critically important to negotiating and structuring contractual relationships with respect to:
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 building the corporate patent program, intellectual property protection, branding and marketing, HIPAA compliance, and customer and third party vendor contracts.
Served as lead transaction counsel to Radio Systems in its acquisition by an affiliate of Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), a private equity firm.
Assisted Tri Star Energy with the acquisition of Hollingsworth Oil and its “Sudden Service” chain of convenience stores.
Advise a commercial blockchain alliance with nearly 500 members on its corporate structure and policies.
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Women of Influence 2019, Nashville Business Journal
Women to Watch, Nashville Medical News
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