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Nichole Hayden

Of Counsel

One Wells Fargo Center
301 South College Street
23rd Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
nichole.hayden@nelsonmullins.com

Nichole Hayden is Of Counsel in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Charlotte office. Nichole is a registered patent attorney and practices in the Intellectual Property Group, with a focus on helping clients obtain patent protection for their inventions and trademarks that effectively protect their brand. 

Nichole Hayden is Of Counsel in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Charlotte office. Nichole is a registered patent attorney and practices in the Intellectual Property Group, with a focus on helping clients obtain patent protection for their inventions and trademarks that effectively protect their brand. 

Nichole Hayden is Of Counsel in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Charlotte office. Nichole is a registered patent attorney and practices in the Intellectual Property Group, with a focus on helping clients obtain patent protection for their inventions and trademarks that effectively protect their brand. 

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • As a former General Counsel to software development company in the gaming industry, Nichole understands a client’s needs first-hand
  • Counseling and strategic planning for various patent and trademark portfolios, taking into account business and compliance needs of the company
  • Opinions regarding patentability of inventions, non-infringement of third party patents, and invalidity of third party patents
  • Advising, negotiating, and drafting licensing, supply, and development agreements related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, technology, and software

Representative Matters  

  • Nichole’s patent practice has spanned varying industries:
    • Nutritional Products
    • Seed Treatments and Transgenic Plants
    • Paper and Film Packaging
    • Electronic Gaming
    • Software
  • Trademark portfolio work for clients in the financial sector, the software gaming industry, retail clothing, navigational products, and many other industries.

Previous Professional Experience 

  • General Counsel for privately-owned software development company
    • Advised and managed corporate, compliance, litigation and intellectual property matters
    • Advised, negotiated, and drafted customer and vendor contracts, license and supply agreements 
    • Managed numerous outside counsel

Education

  • Drake University Law School, JD, highest honors (2004)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Finalist, Supreme Court Moot Court Competition
    • Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts Award for Excellence in Advocacy
    • Drake Law Review
    • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • Wofford College, BS, Chemistry, magna cum laude (2001)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Practice Areas

Industries

  • Leadership Greenville Class 36 
  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association  
  • Board of Counselors, Drake University School of Law (2017-present)
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