People who find material science and inorganic chemistry interesting tend to gravitate toward other people who find material science and inorganic chemistry interesting. If you are one of those people, and you need a patent, then you will have a field day talking with attorney Clint Wimbish.
Clint is one of those hybrids who enjoys both science and intellectual property law. He simply loves his practice in patent prosecution and opinion work. “I get to see cutting-edge technologies in a variety of chemical disciplines,” he explains. “I can be reviewing three or four pages of findings, knowing that I’m also looking at two or three years of incredible scientific work. It’s very exciting to see.”
For Clint, a significant portion of his practice is devoted to nanotechnology. Clint has procured patent rights in a variety of nanotechological fields including nanolithographic resists, quantum dots, cancer therapeutics, photovoltaics and composite materials. Moreover, Clint often lectures on the interplay between nanotechnology and patent law, including a lecture last fall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the commercialization of nanotechnology at the Workshop on Nanoscale Science, Technology and Innovation. “Nanotechnology continues to play an increasingly important role in the development of new technologies and realizing comprehensive strategies to move such technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace is critical for the continued growth of nanotechnology,” he says.
Clint will tell you that the best part of his work is being able to meet the high demands of his clients. “There aren’t a lot of attorneys who do what I do in this particular field. I’m often involved at the genesis of a new product launch or a new process. It’s very gratifying to assist clients in obtaining protection for their intellectual property and turning that protection into a dominant market position.”
Clint’s enthusiasm and experience is paying off. He was recently selected for inclusion in SuperLawyers® Magazine as a North Carolina “Rising Star”, a distinction reserved for the top 2.5 percent of North Carolina lawyers who are under 40 or in practice for 10 years or less.
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