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January 16, 2018

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Neil C. Jones

Partner

Poinsett Plaza
104 South Main Street
Suite 900
Greenville, SC 29601
neil.jones@nelsonmullins.com

Neil Jones is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and a team leader in the firm’s Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Group. Mr. Jones practices patent, trademark and copyright law and related litigation to enforce or protect such rights. With counseling experience in intellectual property matters, Mr. Jones also renders patent infringement...

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Neil Jones is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and a team leader in the firm’s Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Group. Mr. Jones practices patent, trademark and copyright law and related litigation to enforce or protect such rights. With counseling experience in intellectual property matters, Mr. Jones also renders patent infringement and validity opinions, assists clients with the development and valuation of their intellectual property, and negotiates intellectual property licenses domestically and internationally.

and validity opinions, assists clients with the development and valuation of their intellectual property, and negotiates intellectual property licenses domestically and internationally.

Neil Jones is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and a team leader in the firm’s Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Group. Mr. Jones practices patent, trademark and copyright law and related litigation to enforce or protect such rights. With counseling experience in intellectual property matters, Mr. Jones also renders patent infringement... and validity opinions, assists clients with the development and valuation of their intellectual property, and negotiates intellectual property licenses domestically and internationally.

Experience

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Experience

  • Intellectual property litigation, including being lead trial attorney for both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark, and copyright infringement lawsuits before the federal district and appellate courts
    • Patent, trademark, and copyright litigations have involved technologies and products such as chemical dyes, locomotive parking brakes, packaging machinery, electronic surveillance equipment, medical devices, chemical processes and slurries for polishing computer chips, upholstery designs, check cashing methods, fishing lures made of block copolymers, and children's clothing
  • Has obtained U.S. and foreign patents for chemical and biotech clients in different industries, including medical treatments, nutritional products, paper and papermaking chemicals, pharmaceuticals, polymer science, transgenic plants, and new plant cultivars
  • Advises and assists clients in establishing networks of worldwide patent and trademark portfolios to protect their intellectual property and has also served as a mediator in IP disputes
  • Admitted pro hac vice in more than 20 jurisdictions

Representative Cases

  • Dystar Textilfarben & Co. v. C.H. Patrick Co., 464 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2006) (Federal Circuit invalidated patent relating to chemical dyeing technology pre-KSR; opinion cited by U.S. Supreme Court in KSR)
  • Manage patent portfolio for client related to seed treatment technology, including transgenic plants
  • Prosecuted and managed patents for international pharmaceutical client
  • Managed entire patent portfolio, including opinions and multiple pre-litigation studies, on behalf of nutritionals manufacturer
  • Obtained settlement for clients in patent infringement lawsuits, for both plaintiffs and defendants, without the expense of trial; most recently, achieved settlement for a defendant by having plaintiff completely dismiss, before discovery, its patent infringement claims for defendant's core business method/software technology
  • Defended, and currently defending, clients against patent infringement allegations by non-practicing entities or others in various jurisdictions, including several cases in the Eastern District of Texas; most recently obtaining a defense settlement on behalf of client in the E.D. Tex.
  • Drafted and negotiated intellectual property licenses on behalf of international clients
  • Built several unique “patent matrixes” for multiple clients

 

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, with honors (1988)
    • Order of the Coif
    • George Washington Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
    • Giles Rich Intellectual Property Law Moot Court champion
  • Erskine College, BS, Chemistry, summa cum laude (1985)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Clerkships

  • Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Jean G. Bissell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1988 - 1990)

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • The Best Lawyers in America® -- Intellectual Property Litigation (2012-2018)
  • Best Lawyers® 2012 Greenville Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Two-term President and lifetime Board Member, Greenville Little League
  • Former Trustee, Erskine College
  • Member of various public school committees
  • Leadership Greenville
  • Chair, Intellectual Property Law Committee, S.C. Bar (1997-1998)
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