Remembering James D. Johnson, J.D., Ph.D.
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our esteemed colleague and dear friend, James D. Johnson, J.D., Ph.D., principal and founding member of Johnson, Marcou, Isaacs & Nix, LLC.
Veteran intellectual property (IP) law counsellor and business advisor, George Marcou, is a highly-credentialed, highly-rated, proven IP strategist who has spent decades representing Fortune 15, 50, 100, and 500 companies and esteemed research institutions in owning, safeguarding, and monetizing their intangible assets on a global scale.
George has served as outside counsel to some of the biggest brands in industry today. George is known, appreciated, and sought after for his premium advice involving cutting-edge patents (and patent families) that reshape industries. His broad and deep experience ranges from Fintech to infomercials and bio-engineering to software. George is valued for his unwavering dedication to meeting and exceeding the needs and goals of the clients he serves.
Notably, George has maintained some client relationships for three decades, a testament to the consistently high quality of his team’s work product, unrivaled efficiency in the practice of IP law, and the personal stake he takes to ensure his and his team’s accessibility and drive to go above and beyond on every matter, every day.
At the pinnacle of his career in IP law, George is the “real deal” when it comes to IP strategy and development, knowing what each client needs and how to get it done. He has been featured in such publications as The Washington Post, Georgetown Law Journal, National Law Journal, AIPLA Journal, and other leading IP and legal publications. George is fluent in all phases of product life cycles in many industry sectors. There is very little that George has not seen and experienced first-hand – earned skills he brings to everything he does for his clients.
In addition to attending Georgetown Law (where he served as an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal) and MIT, George also served on the adjunct faculty of the Johns Hopkins University, teaching IP law in its Masters of Applied Science Program from 1990 to 1992. He lectured on the federal judiciary for the Close Up Foundation for 25+ years. He has been a member of the International Academy of Engineering of Moscow since 1994. Additionally, George served as the assistant convener of a panel studying IP-related piracy for The Annenberg Washington Program from 1988 to 1989. He also served as vice chair-alumni leadership and regional gifts for Sidwell Friends School and as an education counselor for MIT.
Before establishing the firm, George was a partner with King & Spalding, LLP’s Intellectual Property practice group in Washington, D.C. Before that, he was managing partner of Kilpatrick Stockton’s Washington, D.C. office for over eight years.
George does not differentiate between “inside” and “outside” of the office and is passionate about life, his family, the law, and service. In his spare time, George has executed a vast amount of work in the domestic violence volunteer space. Having executed 100 (and counting) pro bono cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, George earned the “Volunteer of the Year” award from the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Notably, George currently serves on two very active boards of directors of not-for-profits in Washington, DC, both of which make facilities and services available to the public at no charge. He is also a fitness enthusiast who enjoys hiking and skiing and is a puzzle aficionado of all kinds, including crosswords, Sudoku, and KenKen. As you would expect, he reads extensively (history, in particular). George is married with two adult kids.