About XL

What We Do

Extensible Labs provides patent monetization consulting and technical analysis of intellectual property, including preparing claim charts, patent mining, and portfolio characterization, for a limited and select client set.

XL maintains a team of skilled contractors and subject matter experts in a wide variety of fields.

We do not provide legal advice. See our disclaimer.

Empower your Intellectual Property
We focus on IP as an actual business asset/capital investment. Unlike most capital investments, it is difficult to determine the absolute value of patents and IP. Portfolios must be evaluated with an eye towards market value based on which products are using the patents and the risks and rewards of owning and using portfolios.

We evaluate portfolios for strengths and weaknesses, look for infringing products, prepare claim charts and provide evaluation for either sales of licensing. We also consult on portfolio development and can advise the acquiring and loss of certain patents within a portfolio to make it more viable. 
  • Extensibility Our resources are scalable, which means we find the resources you need for your project, no matter the size. We grow and shrink our staff based on the needs of your project and are flexible in our facilities. We have access to a wide range of contractors to provide expertise on appropriate projects, and contacts that perform a variety of laboratory services in a number of industries.
  • Innovation - We solve problems for business. Regardless of the customary, often expensive, practices, we focus on what your business needs are first, and design a program to meet them.
  • Services We provide many patent related services, including technical analysis, early case assessment, and portfolio valuation and assessment.
  • Confidentiality We are sensitive to the confidential nature of intellectual property. We have experience in encrypted cloud-based file storage, encrypted messaging and encrypted email and recommend the use of secure communication and data storage.

Who We Are

Steve Johnson is the founder and president of XL. Steve earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1983 and completed a M.S. in electrical at the University of Colorado in 1988. For nearly two decades he worked for both small and large tech companies including IBM, Kentek, Spur Products, and HP, filling design engineering, engineering management, and marketing roles. He earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Southern California in 2005, then returned to Boise as a patent attorney at boutique law firm. In 2006, he returned to HP as Director of IP licensing, leaving HP in 2011 to finally strike out on his own.

In his free time, Steve enjoys flying single- and multi-engine land airplanes in the Idaho backcountry. 

Ladawan Johnson is the office manager at XL. After completing her B.S. in Computer Science at Georgia Tech, Ladawan worked in the aerospace program at the University of Colorado as a satellite flight controller. Since then she has had a number of jobs as a senior programmer and software engineer at tech companies in Colorado and Idaho, including StorageTek, Mountain Engineering, Public Service Company of Colorado, and HP. 

In her free time, Ladawan enjoys competing in tennis leagues and tournaments. 

We can also call on a vast conspiracy of engineers, many from Hewlett Packard, to assist in their areas of specialization.


7154 W. State St.
Suite 254
Boise, Idaho  83714


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Phone: +1 (208) 991-2821