Attorney Alexa Johnson and Patent Agent Jie Lian, Ph.D., Join Klarquist

Published September 1, 2017

Klarquist Sparkman is pleased to announce that attorney Alexa Johnson and patent agent Jie Lian, Ph.D., have joined the firm. Both professionals started their careers at Klarquist as summer associates.


Ms. Johnson’s practice includes all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. Her areas of expertise include biotechnology, medical devices, and chemical and mechanical engineering. Prior to joining Klarquist, Ms. Johnson was a patent department extern at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and a process engineering intern at Arclin and E. & J. Gallo Winery. She completed her B.S. in Bioengineering at Oregon State University, and recently earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University.



Dr. Lian’s practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of U.S., international, and foreign patent applications, and performing patentability and prior art searches. His expertise is in medical devices, mobile health, signal/image processing, and wearable technology, and he specializes in signal processing, statistical analysis, physiological modeling, and algorithm development for embedded systems. He has published three book chapters and more than seventy peer-reviewed research articles, and has served as an expert reviewer for more than a dozen scientific journals. Dr. Lian is the recipient of more than forty issued or pending U.S. patents and dozens of European patents. He earned his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as an M.B.A. in Healthcare Management from a joint program between Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University. He received his M.S. and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Zhejiang University in China, and is currently enrolled at Lewis & Clark Law School.