Partner Andy Spence joins the firm's IP practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Smith Moore Leatherwood continues to expand its Charlotte office and strengthen its intellectual property practice with the addition of Andy Spence as partner. The expansion of the firm's Charlotte office is part of an overall strategic growth initiative for the firm. Spence brings 11 years of patent prosecution experience in electrical engineering, computer software and business methods to diversify the firm's intellectual property group.
"With the recent passing of the patent reform bill, we anticipate a growing need from business clients as they navigate the new legislation," said Rob Marcus, chairman of the firm's Management Committee. "The attorneys in the firm's intellectual property practice have a broad range of global experience in intellectual property matters, and Andy's diverse patent law background makes him an integral addition to the firm."
Before joining Smith Moore Leatherwood, Spence practiced in the Charlotte office of Alston & Bird.
Spence focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the electrical, computer software and business method arts. He handles patent applications such as telecommunications, aircraft manufacturing, Internet and e-commerce, and business method applications directed to online real estate services. He has also prepared and filed requests for ex parte and inter partes reexamination, and has assisted clients in patent interference and reissue proceedings. He counsels clients on a number of other intellectual property matters including patent infringement, validity and enforceability issues, and intellectual property due diligence.
Spence graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He received his law degree from Washington University, St. Louis, in 2000. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Missouri and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has written and spoken on patent law matters, most recently speaking at seminars in China and Taiwan. Spence is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Carolina Patent Trademark and Copyright Law Association (CPTCLA).