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John Nipp handles litigation matters relating to intellectual property. Such matters include patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair trade practices, trade secrets, and non-compete agreements. He is a registered patent attorney.

Mr. Nipp has been litigating cases in North Carolina since 1996. His career began as a state prosecutor, where he tried hundreds of bench trials and several jury trials. Prior to joining Summa, Additon & Ashe, P.A., he was a partner with a Charlotte law firm handling a variety of civil litigation matters. He has taken several cases to a jury verdict. In addition, he has experience drafting contracts and other legal documents for technology companies. He has also participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations.


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  1. Trademark: 25%
  2. Copyright: 25%
  3. Trademark Application: 20%
  4. Patent Infringement: 15%
  5. Intellectual Property: 15%


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  • Matthew Robert Arnold

    I've known John Nipp for a long time and there are few lawyers who can match his legal skill. John is very candid with his clients and always shoots straight with them. When it comes to legal knowledge, John is top notch. I highly endorse John.


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Contact info

Additon, Higgins, Pendleton & Ashe, P.A.

11610 N. Community House Rd.
Suite 200
Charlotte, NC, 28277


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Legal EliteBusiness North Carolina2012
Holderness Moot Court Negotiation Team MemberUniversity of North Carolina School of Law1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselSumma, Additon & Ashe, PA2008 - Present
PartnerDozier, Miller, Pollard & Murphy, LLP1998 - 2005
Assistant District AttorneyDistrict Attorney's Office1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mecklenburg County BarTreasurer2011 - Present
International Trademark AssociationMember2008 - Present
Bobbitt American Inn of CourtPresident2005 - 2007
Meckenburg County Bar Young Lawyers SectionPresident2005 - 2006
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Viable Solutions v. Haley et al.Settled with satisfactory terms.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina, CharlotteComputer ScienceMS - Master of Science2007
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillEconomics and Polical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
University of North Carolina School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Queen City Entrepreneurs ConferenceIntellectual Property Law2013
Mecklenburg County Bar CLETaking and Defending Depositions in North Carolina2013
Mecklenburg County Bar CLEIntellectual Property Law2013
Taking Depositions in North Carolina CLERules of Civil Procedure2011
Regular Member MeetingRules of Depositions2010
Discovery in North CarolinaRules of Civil Procedure2010
CLETop Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Patent, Trademark and Copyright2010
CLEFundamentals and Ethics of Intellectual Property Law2009
CLEDiscovery Skills for Paralegals in North Carolina2005
New Lawyers CLERules of Civil Procedure2002