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I am an intellectual property attorney focusing exclusively on matters of patent and trademark law. My practice includes patent application preparation and prosecution, providing freedom-to-operate and non-infringement counsel, license negotiation and patent litigation counsel. I also engage in trademark application prosecution, trademark rights development strategy, trademark litigation counsel and cancellation and opposition proceedings at the US Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB).

I have particular experience working with medical device innovators as both in-house and outside patent counsel. To further enhance my technical capacity in this industry, I went back to school and completed a Master's degree in Bioengineering. I have worked on technologies including: ophthalmic lens design/manufacturing/inspection/imaging, surgical implant devices; medical feeding equipment; diagnostic equipment; orthopedic equipment; software; and dental inspection and surgical equipment.

I am a licensed attorney in Georgia, Florida and Washington, DC. And, I am Board Certified as an Expert in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar Association. Only 6% of eligible Florida attorneys achieve Board Certification. I have also been selected as a Georgia SuperLayers Rising Star in Intellectual Property law for 2013 and 2014, a designation given to only 2.5% of the state's attorneys.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Trademark: 25%
    11 years
  2. Trademark Application: 25%
    11 years
  3. Patent Infringement: 25%
    11 years
  4. Patent Application: 25%
    12 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Betsy Vance Peterzell

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wilson is extraordinarily helpful and knowledgeable. He understands what needs to be done and does it efficiently. He was particularly helpful in assisting one of my clients in a trademark opposition matter. He is a credit to the profession.


    Betsy Peterzell Corporate and incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Andrew Raymond Lynch

    If I have a client that needs help with an intellectual property matter Clark his who I send them to. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Merchant & Gould P.C. - An Intellectual Property Law Firm

191 Peachtree St, NE
Suite 4300
Atlanta, GA


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200908/05/2016
DCActive 200607/06/2016
FLMember in Good Standing200506/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star - Intellectual PropertyGeorgia Super Lawyers2016
Rising Star - Intellectual PropertyGeorgia Super Lawyers2015
Rising Star - Intellectual PropertyGeorgia Super Lawyers2014
Rising Star - Intellecual PropertyGeorgia Super Lawyers2013
Board Certification - Intellectual PropertyFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2011
Award for Academic Excelence - Intellectual PropertyFlorida Coastal School of Law2005
Best AdvocateFlorida Coastal School of Law, Trial Advocacy Competition2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior CounselMerchant & Gould P.C. - An Intellectual Property Law Firm2014 - Present
PartnerGardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva, PC2012 - 2014
AssociateGardner, Groff, Greenwald & Villanueva P.C.2008 - 2012
Patent AttorneyCIBA Vision - Novartis AG2007 - 2008
AssociateMalin, Haley & DiMaggio, P.A.2005 - 2007
Patent AgentLaw Office of L. Jack Gibney2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Law SectionExecutive Committee Member2014 - Present
Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of CourtBarrister2011 - Present
YLD IP Committee, Georgia BarCo-chair2013 - 2014
Atlanta Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionChair2010 - 2016
Publication nameTitleDate
Medical Device + Diagnostics Industry MagazinePatent Wars: The University of Minnesota and AGA Medical’s Clash Over Septal Occluders2013
Medical Device + Diagnostics Industry MagazinePatent Wars: Fresenius v. Baxter and How to Trump District Court Rulings2013
Medical Device + Diagnistoc Industry MagazineFirst-to-File Update on Patent Law and its Effect on Medical Device Industry2013
Atlanta Bar AssociationBusiness Method Patents After In re Bilski: Should Your Strategy Change?2009
JD SupraTTAB Decision: Honda v. Winkelmann2009
Atlanta Bar AssociationWhat Businesses and Individuals Must Consider About Patents2008
The University of Florida Journal of Technology Law & PolicyTHE TRIPS AGREEMENT: Is it Beneficial to the Developing World, or Simply a Tool used to Protect Pharmaceutical Profits for Developed World Manufacturers?2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MarylandBioengineeringM.Eng.2013
Florida Coastal School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Franklin Pierce Law CenterIntellectual Property LawVisiting Student2003
University of MiamiCivil & Environmental EngineeringB.S.2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Venture Capital and Patent LawPatent Law: Practical Strategies for Patenting an Innovation2014
Summit on Medical Device PatentsCombatting Obviousness post-KSR2014
Master's of Biomedical Innovation & DesignIntellectual Property for Biomedical Innovators2014
Insider's Guide to Corporate IP StrategyInsider's Guide to Corporate IP Strategy2014
I-Corps Southeast RegionalKeynote Speaker - IP2014
Georgia Bar Assoc. IP InstituteStrategies & Tactics in Post-Grant Proceedings2014
Medical Device and Manufacturing -FloridaPatent Law Update post-AIA and its Impact on the Medical Device Industry2013
Georgia Bar YLD IP CommitteeIP Aspects of Social Media2012
CLETrademark Registration and Practice: An Attorney's Role2012
Social Media LawProtecting your brands and patentable inventions2011
Continuing Legal EducationIntroduction to Copyright, Trademark and other IP law2011
Technology Association of GeorgiaIP in the Digital Age2010
Goodwill Industries: Series on Business EntrepreneurshipIntellectual Property: What Every Business Owner Needs to Know2010
Georgia Tech Advanced Technology Development CorporationValue Driven IP Protection: Cost Effective Strategies for Securing your Innovation2010
Atlanta Bar AssociationWhy businesses (and therefore you) care about that new Bilski case.2010
The Power of Angel InvestingIP Due Diligence2009
CLE SeminarProtecting Intellectual Property in a Down Economy2009
Florida Coastal Alumni WeekendIdentifying IP Issues for the General Practitioner2008