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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Montana, 2001, high honors; CALI Awards for Excellence in Legal Analysis and Legal Writing; James H. Kilbourne Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
    • B.S., Brigham Young University, 1991, Mechanical Engineering
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
    • Colorado
    • Montana
Wade Johnson is a shareholder in the Science and Technology practice at Polsinelli. He practices in the areas of patent preparation and prosecution, patent post grant proceedings and litigation, patent opinions, and intellectual property licensing and acquisition. Wade’s clients are located across the country and internationally and cover the spectrum from universities and startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Wade is a licensed professional engineer with over eight years of real world engineering experience prior to graduating from law school. He has substantial engineering experience with pumps and pumping systems, refrigeration/cooling equipment and systems, packaged and built-up air handling systems, boilers, high pressure process steam systems, incinerators, cleanroom/fab support systems, process gas systems, medical gas systems, natural gas and LPG systems, fire suppression systems, valves, and well drilling rigs.

As a patent attorney, Wade has patent prosecution and opinion experience in the areas of mechanical devices and systems, electromechanical devices, microprocessor controlled systems, electrical devices and systems, wireless communication systems, and software.

For many years, Wade has primarily focused his patent practice on medical technology. As a result, he understands the complex interplay between the realms of patent, FDA, reimbursement and engineering. This understanding is absolutely critical in developing successful patent strategies for medical technologies that typically exist in crowded prior art areas.

Wade guest lectures on medical technology patent strategies for graduate programs of a number of universities and medical technology entrepreneur and international medical associations.

Wade’s medical technology patent experience includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Cardiac ablation
  • Cardiac stents and associated delivery tools
  • Implantable pulse generators, leads and associated delivery tools for cardiac and pain management applications
  • Programmers for programming implanted pulse generators
  • Cardiac patient management
  • Aneurysm treatment
  • Blood clot removal
  • Joint replacement implants
  • Spine implants
  • Surgical planning and simulation
  • Robotic surgery
  • Medical imaging including MRI, CT and echocardiography
  • Ophthalmological examination, surgery and implants
  • Endoscopic and laparoscopic surgeries
  • Biopsies
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel surgeries
  • Oral health products
  • Dental tools and implants
  • Intubation
  • Surgical filters
  • Wound healing
  • Medicament administration including via injection and infusion
  • Prosthetics
  • Laboratory processing
  • Surgical tables
  • Patient transporting
  • Medical fluid pathway connectors and valves
  • Bone substitute materials
  • Stem cell harvesting
  • Breast health monitoring and tumor detection
  • Liposuction
  • Physical therapy
  • Diabetic neuropathy treatment
  • Medical data mining
  • Medical facility communication systems

Wade’s non-medical patent experience includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Crane systems
  • Winching systems
  • Off-shore pipeline laying systems
  • Anchor and fairlead systems
  • Bearing systems
  • Petroleum well borehole gravimeters
  • Petroleum production downhole drill strings
  • Petroleum wellbore fracturing and completion
  • Seismic sensing systems
  • Clutches
  • Tools
  • Severe duty shaft seals
  • Transportable car/scrap metal crushers
  • Manufacturing and processing equipment
  • Exercise equipment
  • Building structural systems
  • Computerized fueling systems
  • Vehicle diagnostic communication systems
  • Scanning and gift registry systems
  • Automotive parts and frame straightening equipment
  • Spraying devices
  • Bulk container systems
  • Scuba equipment
  • Meat and food processing systems
  • Food items, agriculture methods and products
  • Outdoor gear and hunting equipment
  • Load moving machines and associated hitches
  • Military/law enforcement tactical gear