Patrick is a registered patent attorney with over 15 years of legal experience that helps him communicate effective business solutions for opportunities and mitigating risks. He has an electrical engineering degree with power meter industry experience and particular technical expertise in electronics, computer software and business methods, telecommunications, medical devices, and mechanical arts. In helping clients build their international patent portfolios, Patrick leverages patent examiner histories and art unit analytics to maximize patent quality and to minimize cost and time-to-issuance.
An accomplished patent practitioner who regularly speaks to industry groups on emerging technologies and related legal implications, Patrick has procured well over 100 issued U.S. patents for his financial institution clients, in varying high-tech fields such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, blockchain implementations, and network security. He has also prosecuted to issuance many patents that are integral to his clients’ achieving and maintaining strategic advantages over their competitors. Some such clients operate in diverse fields like range-of-motion medical devices, telecommunication protocols, multi-media delivery for customer experiences, and custom furniture manufacturing control systems.
A large part of Patrick’s sophisticated intellectual property practice involves performing legal investigations, such as infringement and risk mitigation searches, validity analyses, and freedom-to-operate investigations, as well as counseling clients with regard to trademark selection, protection, policing and opposition.
Patrick has extensive experience in various transactional matters, including helping clients negotiate a wide variety of IT agreements, license agreements, purchase agreements, and others. His transactional practice also includes providing IP support and due diligence for M&A and finance deals.
In addition to monetizing a client’s valuable IP by licensing, Patrick conscientiously advises his clients on enforcement of their patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as on protection of their trade secrets, confidential information and know-how, and on related litigation opportunities.
Outside of work, Patrick has a long history of community service for chambers of commerce, bar organizations, and start-up incubators. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of the Central Carolinas, which aspires to correct Charlotte’s crisis of low upward socio-economic mobility. Patrick has three kids and a wonderful wife who share his passion for Clemson University where they met.
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Junior Achievement of the Central Carolinas, Board of Directors Member and Action Board Founder/Liaison, 2015-present
- Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), 2nd Pan-American Young Members Congress Planning Committee, 2015-2016
- Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Board Member, 2015-2018
- Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute, Class of 2013
- Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals, Board Member, 2013-2015
- Charlotte Clemson Club, Board Member and Networking Committee Member, 2012-2015
- St. Gabriel Catholic Church Finance Council, Member, 2013-2015
- Knights of Columbus Council 770, Former Member
- North Carolina Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
- Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
- Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA)
- Knoxville Bar Association Barristers, Former Executive Committee Member and Former Co-Chair, Volunteer Breakfast Committee
|September 2008||Co-Author, "So Your Client Has Intellectual Property Questions. What do you do?" DICTA, a Knoxville Bar Association Publication|
Events and Presentations
|June 2016||Panelist, "International Design Patent Panel Discussion," 2nd Pan-American LESI YMC Event, Ottawa, Canada|
|September 2015||Presenter, "Negotiation of a Patent License Agreement," The Future of Innovation and Licensing in the Americas, 1st Pan-American LESI YMC Event, Chicago, IL|
|November 2008||Presenter, "Signal Claims, Business Methods and Recent Developments in Patentability," Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA), Nashville, TN|
|April 2007||Presenter, "Proposed Rule Changes in the PTO," Tennessee Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section, 4th Annual IP Law Forum, Nashville TN|
|November 2006||Presenter, "Hot Topics in U.S. Patent Prosecution," TIPLA, Nashville, TN|
- J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 2005
- B.S., magna cum laude, Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, 2002
Bar and Court Admissions
- South Carolina, 2018
- North Carolina, 2010
- Tennessee, 2005
- U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2010
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2007
- United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2006