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Al is battle tested as a first chair trial lawyer in litigating high profile cases for many major companies. He has served in over 150 cases, and in federal courts throughout the country, in appellate proceedings before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Fourth, Sixth, and Eight Circuits, as well as in numerous trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

As a former law clerk, Al has seen numerous trials from the perspective of the judge and the jury. Al has assisted judges and juries in the analysis of motions, conducted research and provided anything that is necessary to facilitate cases and motions. 

Al has worked as a certified mediator and understands what works in preparing and representing clients in any settlement discussions, whether in formal mediations or settlement talks.


You Don’t Need the Biggest IP Firm. You Need the Best IP Litigator.

Intellectual property litigation is an inherently expensive undertaking. You don’t need to pay inexperienced associates or large litigation teams. You pay for someone to learn your case thoroughly and present your case at trial in the most succinct and understandable way possible. 

Allan IP Litigation will handle your case in an efficient and effective manner, guaranteeing you spend your money where it will do the most good: on a real expert, who focuses on the key issues of the case, not for on-the-job training or costly overhead. Hiring Allan IP Litigation is like hiring the best IP litigator in the firm without hiring the entire firm.

Get the superior talent without the superfluous extras.



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    23 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 30%
    21 years
  3. Patent Infringement: 20%
    21 years
  4. Trademark Infringement: 10%
    21 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Allan IP Litigation

409 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC, 28203


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2011
Legal Elite, Intellectual PropertyBusiness North Carolina Magazine2011
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2010
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2009
Legal Elite, Intellectual PropertyBusiness North Carolina Magazine2009
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney - Head of LitigationAllan IP Litigation2008 - Present
Attorney - Head of LitigationSumma, Allan & Additon, P.A.1999 - 2008
AttorneyAlston & Bird1998 - 1999
AttorneyBell, Seltzer, Park & Gibson1994 - 1998
Law Clerk to the Honorable Graham C. MullenUnited States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina1992 - 1994
ControllerIntel Corporation1984 - 1989
CaptainUnited States Air Force1979 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Advisory Committee on Local Patent RulesMember2010 - Present
Intellectual Property Law Section CouncilMember2010 - 2011
Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law AssociationPast President1994 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember1994 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Arizona State UniversityBusiness AdministrationMA - Masters1984
Air Force Institute of TechnologyManagementMA - Masters1980
University of MiamiArchitectural EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
North Carolina Bar Association Intellectual Property Annual MeetingCopyright Infringement2000