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, patent preparation and prosecution, and related counseling. He advises clients in a variety of technical areas, including telecommunications and medical devices.

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.

Prior to attending law school, Clint worked for more than five years as an engineer for a large wireless equipment manufacturer 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 cellular 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 developed 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

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2018
  • 2012 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Clemson University College of Engineering and Science
  • Outstanding Performance in Global Standards Activities, Motorola, 2003

Professional and Community Activities

  • PTAB Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Potential Liability Issues Arising Under the AIA,” co-author, A CNA Professional Guide for Lawyers and Law Firms, September 2013.

During his work as an engineer, Clint published one book chapter, four papers in refereed engineering journals, and eight papers in refereed engineering conference proceedings on wireless communications.

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