Stephen Johnson

Stephen  Johnson
Lecturer, Organizational Behavior
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Stephen Johnson
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Teaching Statement

Stephen's teaching draws on his over 30 year's experience working on intellectual property issues in a business context across both the life science and technology industries as well as more recent experience in the context of academic research.


Stephen Johnson obtained a degree in Genetics from Cambridge University and then pursued a career in intellectual property (IP) law initially in the UK and then the US. He worked for Kirkland & Ellis LLP for over thirty years and was a founding partner of its New York and San Francisco offices as well as the senior partner in its IP groups in those offices. Since 2013, Stephen has pursued two complementary tracks-first, writing and teaching on IP in a business context and second, working on data sharing in brain and mental health research and most recently on mental health policy initiatives. Stephen is the author of The Economist Guide to Intellectual Property published by Economist Books in 2015.


Academic Degrees

  • BA, MA (Genetics),Cambridge University, 1978
  • Solicitors Final Examination, College of Law, London, 1980
  • J.D. Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1984

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB, 2016-2017

Professional Experience

  • Chief Intellectual Property and Policy Officer, One Mind, 2013 to present (now consultant)
  • Partner, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP Chicago, New York, San Francisco, 1982-2013
  • Solicitor, trainee, Bird &Bird, London 1980-1982

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in the IAM 300 list of the world's leading IP strategists


Degree Courses


Today, the assets of many businesses are largely intangible, such as brands, data, software and trade secrets. More and more we live in an economy based on intangibles and much of business involves creating, exploiting and managing those...


Licensing of technology and its corresponding intellectual property is big business, and integral to the business plans and competitive strategies of start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike. Although the annual dollar magnitude of licenses of...

At the beginning and usually at the heart of every new business is an idea. Around that core idea talent is assembled, technology and a brand are developed, investors are attracted, capital is deployed, business models are evolved, and products...

School News

November 2, 2016
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