Clint Wilkins

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2008

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, 1999, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

M.S., Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, 1996, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, 1994, summa cum laude; W.M. Riggs Award (to the most outstanding senior in electrical engineering at Clemson University)

Admissions

Texas, 2008

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Profile

Clint Wilkins focuses primarily on patent law and leverages his extensive technical knowledge and experience in electrical engineering to assist clients with inter partes reviews (IPRs), patent litigation, infringement risk assessments and other types of opinion work, and patent preparation and prosecution.

Clint has handled the complete life cycle of numerous IPRs for both Petitioners and Patent Owners from institution to final written decision and, thereafter, appeal to the Federal Circuit. He is especially comfortable with complex wireless communications technology and associated signal processing, such as that used in modern smartphones, having conducted research and development in these areas during graduate school and while working in a corporate laboratory. Furthermore, much of his work with IPRs has involved patents in active litigation, and he uses several years of experience in patent litigation to work cohesively with litigation teams to help navigate the interplay of issues between IPRs and litigation. He has handled IPRs that involve OFDM patents asserted against LTE systems.

Clint has performed risk assessments and rendered noninfringement and invalidity opinions in a variety of technical areas, including telecommunications and circuit design, and prepared and prosecuted patent applications dealing with numerous technologies spanning telecommunications, semiconductor processing, circuit design, and oil and gas production and exploration. Many of his patent applications have been related to industry standards. He has also prosecuted numerous applications to issuance in a variety of foreign jurisdictions, including Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, and Mexico.

Prior to attending law school, Clint worked for more than five years as an engineer for Motorola in its corporate research and development labs in suburban Chicago. His projects as an engineer involved focused research, development, proof of concept, and 3GPP standardization activities directed toward the development of demodulation and decoding algorithms for cell phones and base stations. He is a co-inventor of four U.S. patents and has published numerous articles in IEEE journals and conferences. Through his experience as a graduate student researcher, engineer, and patent attorney, he is familiar with nearly all the major wireless technologies of the last 20 years, including those devolped within 3GPP standards (including GSM, EDGE, UMTS, and LTE), and those developed within IEEE standards (including 802.11), and their associated CDMA, OFDM, and MIMO technologies.

Professional Recognition

  • 2012 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Clemson University College of Engineering and Science
  • Outstanding Performance in Global Standards Activities, Motorola, 2003

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Deacon at Highland Park Presbyterian Church

Selected Publications

  • "PTAB Not Straitjacketed in Institutional Decisions," co-author, Law360, January 06, 2016. Read here.

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