Haynes and Boone, LLP is proud to announce the promotion of three intellectual property attorneys to members within the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. The new partners are Charlie Jones, Michael Parsons, and Clint Wilkins.
Charlie Jones is a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups in the Dallas office. Jones’s practice focuses on intellectual property and commercial litigation in state and federal courts and arbitrations. His experience both in and out of the courtroom is diverse, serving companies facing a wide range of legal matters in multiple industries. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in patent and trademark infringement litigation, complex commercial litigation, partnership and close corporation disputes, lender liability, and bankruptcy litigation. Jones serves clients in the high-tech, electric energy, oil and gas, heavy equipment, professional sports, commercial real estate, marketing and brand management, banking, securities, information technology, retail, and publishing/media industries. Prior to attending law school, he worked for an international pharmaceutical manufacturer providing quality assurance and control in support of the development and manufacture of sterile injectable drugs. Jones was named a “Rising Star” by the Texas Super Lawyers directory, Thomson Reuters, from 2014-2017. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and his juris doctor summa cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2008.
Michael Parsons is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Richardson, Texas, and Palo Alto, California, offices. Parsons is a registered patent attorney who has experience in many aspects of patent law, including post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; U.S. and foreign patent acquisition; and patent litigation. Parsons defends some of the largest technology companies in the world against allegations of patent infringement using the post-grant review process offered by the USPTO. He also works with clients in developing patent portfolios covering their most important technologies. His experience includes working with both U.S. and foreign patent offices and foreign counsel to obtain patents worldwide. Prior to law school, Parsons was a software engineer for a startup company in Portland, Oregon. His software experience was focused on mobile device technology and client server systems. Parsons received his bachelor’s degree from Pacific University in 2001 and his juris doctor cum laude from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 2008.
Clint Wilkins, Ph.D., is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Richardson, Texas, office. Wilkins helps clients both protect their innovations and defend their intellectual property rights, focusing primarily on patent law and leveraging his extensive technical background in electrical engineering to assist clients with inter partes reviews (IPRs), patent litigation, and patent preparation and prosecution. He has handled the complete life cycle of numerous IPRs for both petitioners and patent owners, including appeals of IPR decisions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also has prosecuted numerous patent applications to issuance in the United States and a variety of foreign jurisdictions. Prior to attending law school, Wilkins worked for more than five years as an engineer for a leading cellphone manufacturer in its corporate research and development labs in suburban Chicago. Through his experience as a graduate student researcher, engineer and patent attorney, he is familiar with many of the major wireless technologies of the last 20 years. In recognition of his work, he received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the Clemson University College of Engineering and Science in 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in 1994, his master’s degree in 1996, and his doctorate in 1999, all in electrical engineering, from Clemson University. He received his juris doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2008.
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