Holly Johnson



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Holly Johnson is an Associate with Smith Baluch LLP. She focuses on patent prosecution, foreign patent protection, patentability analysis, and freedom to operate analysis covering technologies related to chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

Ms. Johnson received her J.D., magna cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 2023, where she was an editor on the Administrative Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Ms. Johnson also holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry: biochemistry, cum laude with honors, from Boston University. Her honors thesis focused on the cellular localization, stability, and intercellular targeting of an inflammatory response protein (GPS2) and its regulation of the pro-inflammatory tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF╬▒) pathway.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Johnson worked in patent prosecution at two Boston-based law firms with a focus on foreign patent protection. She was also previously a Laboratory Technician and undergraduate researcher in a biochemistry lab at Boston University Medical Center where she studied transcriptional regulation of inflammatory pathways using recombinant DNA technology, mammalian cell culture, protein purification and fluorescence imaging. She also worked on protein ubiquitination in B cells using quantitative PCR.

Ms. Johnson has co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals on biochemistry and has presented research posters at conferences. 

Ms. Johnson also enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, and baking.

Ms. Johnson is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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