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J. Clinton Wimbish

J. Clinton Wimbish


T (704) 384-2658
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Clint Wimbish is a partner in the patent group and focuses his practice on the procurement of patent rights in the chemical and biochemical fields with special emphasis on advanced materials and nanomaterials. Mr. Wimbish regularly advises clients on comprehensive United States and international patent portfolio strategies in the fields of advanced ceramic and cermet compositions, transition metal and alloy technologies, powder metallurgy, inorganic and organic semiconductor materials and related LED and luminaire architectures, polymeric composites and nanomaterials for biological applications. Mr. Wimbish additionally has significant experience counseling clients regarding commercialization of various technologies including advisement on freedom to operate and patent invalidity strategies.

Mr. Wimbish has lectured on various intellectual property matters both domestically and internationally and was selected for inclusion in SuperLawyers® Magazine as a North Carolina “Rising Star”, a distinction reserved for the top 2.5% of North Carolina lawyers who are under 40 or in practice for 10 years or less.

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Intellectual Property (2011-2013)
  • North Carolina Bar Association IP Section’s Outstanding Achievement Pro Bono Award, 2005
Thought Leadership

Published Works


  • Lectured on the commercialization of nanotechnology at the Workshop on Nanoscale Science, Technology and Innovation – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2010
  • Lectured on various types of intellectual property protection with a focus on patents and trade secrets – Wake Forest University, August 2010
  • Lectured on technology transfer issues and considerations facing universities and research institutions, Georgia Institute of Technology, March 2008
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., Chemistry, Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction, 1998
  • Princeton University, M.A., Chemistry, 2000
  • North Carolina, 2003
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2003
Academic Honors
  • Mildred M. and William A Johnson Scholar – University of North Carolina School of Law (2000-2003)
  • Dr. Thomas and Caroline Royster Scholar – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1994-1998)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1997)

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