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Clark AD Wilson

Patent application Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 14 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 16 years
    Florida - FL 17 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2009
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2006
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Clark

Learn Clark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Intellectual property

  2. Patent application
    Domestic & Foreign Patent Application Prosecution.

    19 years

  3. Patent infringement
    Freedom-to-Operate Opinions; Non-infringement opinions; Design-around strategies.

    18 years

  4. Trademark application
    Domestic & Foreign Trademark Registration Prosecution.

    18 years

  5. Trademark infringement
    Clearance opinions; Non-infringement opinions; Brand development strategies; Contentious allegation settlements.

    18 years

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.  In the patent space, I have represented clients in many technology areas, including manufacturing, fiber optic cable management, firearms, and construction. 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 am also an adjunct law professor, teaching an annual course in international intellectual property law at Georgia State University Law School.
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.  My experience also includes working as an in house patent attorney for a large multinational medical device company, acting as a national team leader with the Biomedical Engineering Society, and being a continued guest advisor to the Master of Biomedical Innovation and Design program at Georgia Tech. 
I am a registered US patent attorney and 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 am also AV Preeminent rated by the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating service. I have also been selected as a Georgia SuperLayers Rising Star in Intellectual Property law each year since 2013, a designation given to only 2.5% of the state's attorneys.

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Merchant & Gould P.C.
191 Peachtree St, NE
Atlanta, GA
Merchant & Gould P.C.
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55402
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  4 customer reviews
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Posted by daryl | October 29, 2009
Thank you
Clark was very knowledgeable, helpful and patient. He explained things in a very simple way. He has a very friendly personality.
Posted by Sean | September 26, 2009
Fantasticly knowledgeable and friendly!
I recently needed advice on which avenue to take with a copyright infringement situation. Clark was quick in responding and graciously answered all of my many questions. Clark helped make a frustrating and confusing situation much easier to deal with by generously offering sound advice with the many options I have. Thank you once again Clark.
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Posted by Jonathan | August 20, 2009
Outstanding Legal Advice and Very Helpful
I am a first time inventor and sought legal advice and information regarding the patent process as a whole. Clark was very patient and helpful in my understanding of intellectual property and my rights. I consulted a couple other IP lawyers before choosing Clark. Clark taught me many things that the previous lawyers did not inform me, which helped me immensely. I will definitely recommend him to my peers and colleagues.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2009
Highest recommendation as patent lawyer
I am a Senior Principal Scientist with Ciba Vision Corporation and have worked with Clark Wilson in 2007 and 2008 preparing a number of patent applications. During our collaboration, Mr. Wilson converted the scientific descriptions of the inventions to solid patent language and processed the applications in an efficient, knowledgeable, competent and timely fashion. He continuously provided valuable feedback and thoughtful comments about the applications, which clearly demonstrated his understanding of the technical concepts. As a result, Mr. Wilson has my highest recommmendation as a patent lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor - International Intellectual Property Law
  • Georgia State University School of Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Senior Counsel
  • Merchant & Gould P.C. - An Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva, PC - An Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Gardner, Groff, Greenwald & Villanueva P.C. - An Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Patent Attorney
  • CIBA Vision - Novartis AG
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Malin, Haley & DiMaggio, P.A. - An Intellectual Property Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Patent Agent
  • Law Office of L. Jack Gibney
  • 2004 - 2005
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  • University of Maryland
  • M.Eng.
  • 2013
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2005
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center
  • Visiting Student
  • 2003
  • University of Miami
  • B.S.
  • 2001
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Legal Cases

  • EES, Inc. vs. VCM Products LLC
  • The case settled favorably for my client.
  • Git-R-Done Productions Inc. v. Splash Medical Devices, LLC
  • The case settled favorably for my client.


  • State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2011 - Present
  • YLD IP Committee, Georgia Bar
  • Co-chair
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Chair
  • 2010 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Rising Star - Intellectual Property
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star - Intellectual Property
  • Georgia SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star - Intellectual Property
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star - Intellectual Property
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star - Intellectual Property
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star - Intellecual Property
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Board Certification - Intellectual Property
  • Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • 2011
  • Award for Academic Excelence - Intellectual Property
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2005
  • Best Advocate
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Trial Advocacy Competition
  • 2005
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  • The University of Florida Journal of Technology Law & Policy
  • THE TRIPS AGREEMENT: Is it Beneficial to the Developing World, or Simply a Tool used to Protect Pharmaceutical Profits for Developed World Manufacturers?
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Master's of Biomedical Innovation & Design
  • Intellectual Property for Biomedical Innovators
  • 2014
  • Georgia Bar YLD IP Committee
  • IP Aspects of Social Media
  • 2012
  • The Power of Angel Investing
  • IP Due Diligence
  • 2009
  • CLE Seminar
  • Protecting Intellectual Property in a Down Economy
  • 2009
  • Florida Coastal Alumni Weekend
  • Identifying IP Issues for the General Practitioner
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (18)
Endorse Clark
Trademark infringement Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I have a client that needs help with an intellectual property matter Clark his who I send them to. I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wilson is an exceptional attorney. Although I have been practicing law for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, prosecutor, and private attorney, I learn from his responses on Avvo every time that he posts. If I needed an attorney, I would hire him. I recommend him with no reservation. It would be the best investment of your life to hire him to represent you."
Trademark application Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"i have seen numerous answers by Mr. Wilson on this site and they are consistently accurate, analytic, practical, and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualitites that every client is looking for when hiring an attorney,"
Patent application Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Clark has an exceptional legal mind and quickly takes a semmingly complex matter and distills it into a simple answer. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a client."
Trademark infringement Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clark is an exceptionally smart lawyer. I highly endorse him."
Intellectual property Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Other
"I routinely read Clark's responses to questions posed on Avvo and find them to be consistently insightful and highly useful. He is very good at applying his deep knowledge of the law to the business situation at hand. The result is practical information the questioner can then use to further his business goals. No one can ask for anything more."
Patent application Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Clark for a few years and have called him regarding patent issues in the past. I have also had the opportunity to refer clients to him in the past. I always found Clark to be very knowledgeable about patent law and generous with his time. I endorse Clark for patent law matters."
Trademark application Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clear answers for the lay person and always accurate."
Intellectual property Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Clark is well-respected in the legal community. He is especially known for his insight in complex intellectual property matters, particularly those matters made more complex by emerging technologies. As a business attorney, I contact Clark regularly for guidance in this area of the law. Clark is a professional in every sense of the word."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse Clark Wilson as an intellectual property attorney. Clark and I had the opportunity to work together in assisting a business entity in launching a new concept. The concept featured many intellectual property issues and Clark developed a strategic plan intended on the best protection of our client's intellectual property. Clark gives direct answers to client inquiries and holds a strong command of a complex and evolving area of law. I am pleased to offer Clark Wilson my endorsement."
Patent application Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Clark for several years as a mutual member of the Atlanta Bar Association. Clark is respected in the field of intellectual property by his clients and by other fellow members of the bar. Highly recommended."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Clark to all of my clients and colleagues with any intellectual property issues, especially as it pertains to patents. I know of no other attorney as knowledgeable regarding patents as Clark. He is definitely an expert in the field."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Clark since law school, and now that we are fellow patent practitioners, I am honored to have a colleague with Clark's experience and credentials. He has been invited to speak at several engagements involving patent law."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Clark for over 10 years and would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an intellectual property (“IP”) attorney. Not only is Clark an outstanding IP attorney, he is also a Civil and Environmental Engineer. Clark’s technical background distinguishes him from all other IP attorneys. He is extremely qualified both legally and technically to handle any and all IP matters."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have associated Clark to assist me with intellectual property matters on several occasions. In each case, his advice has been timely and to the point and his charges have been fair and reasonable."
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