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Amy Allen Hinson


  • (T) 864.282.1168
  • (F) 864.477.2601

Amy takes a business approach when it comes to protecting her client’s intellectual property.  Her goal is to obtain broad spectrum intellectual property protection to ensure that if one level of protection fails, a back-up plan is always in place.  Thus, instead of just focusing on only the most obvious area of intellectual property protection, her goal is to establish a plan for strategically protecting her client’s most important intellectual property assets using several forms of intellectual property protection. 

As a registered United States patent attorney, Amy prepares and prosecutes patent applications in the United States and assists clients with obtaining patent rights in foreign countries.   Amy also prepares and prosecutes trademark and copyright applications in the United States and advises clients on foreign protection of trademarks and copyrights.


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2005
  • Clemson University, B.S. in Ceramic Engineering, cum laude, 2002
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • South Carolina Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Court
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • Spartanburg County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Gridley Club, President (2011-2013)
  • City of Greenville, Board of Zoning Appeals (2010-2014; Vice-Chair 2013; Chair 2014)
  • Urban League of the Upstate - Board Member (2014 - Present); Executive Committee & Governance Committee Chair
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Leadership Greenville, Class 39


  • Leadership Greenville, Class 39
  • South Carolina Super Lawyer - Rising Star in Intellectual Property Law (2012-2017)
  • Named one of Greenville Business Magazine's "Best & Brightest" 35 and Under in 2011
  • Named to Greenville Business Magazine's "Legal Elite" list in 2014 and 2015 for Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Moot Court team, University of Tennessee
  • Ogden & Sullivan, P.A. Moot Court Brief Writing Award
  • At the University of Tennessee, Ms. Allen Hinson received the top grade in Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Contracts, Business Transactions, and Environmental Law

Since she began practicing law, Amy has obtained many favorable outcomes counseling and representing clients in federal intellectual property litigations throughout the United States including California, Delaware, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana.  Examples of such representations include defending against patent infringement on grounds of invalidity and noninfringement, enforcing trademark rights, defending against allegations of trademark infringement, defending against copyright infringement, and defensively utilizing patent reexamination to invalidate patents involved in federal litigation.

Amy has also obtained several patent, trademark, and copyright registrations for her clients and negotiated several successful licensing agreements for her client’s intellectual property rights.



Frequently authors articles concerning intellectual property matters including:

"Wake-Up Start-Up: A Start-Up and Small Business Patent Strategy for the Future" (2012, Various publications including LightSwitch)

"What the Librarian of Congress has to do with Your Cell Phone" (2011, LightSwitch)

"Wiping Out Patent Infringement Damages - The Reexamination Strategy" (2010, LightSwitch)

Amy also presents SCORE workshops on the basics of intellectual property law and presented a roundtable discussion at the Swamp Fox Materials Forum entitled: Best Practices for Collaboration Between Companies, Entrepreneurs, and Universities (February 17, 2009). Amy also lectures to college engineering students concerning how intellectual property will affect their future.

Amy is originally from Spartanburg, SC.  She received a B.S., cum laude, in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University and she received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.  Amy is a prior chair and member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Greenville, a board member, on the executive committee, and chair of the Governance Committee for the Urban League of the Upstate, a member and prior president of the Gridley Club, and a member of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, both the Spartanburg and Greenville County Bar Associations, and the South Carolina Bar.  She also actively participates in AIPLA and related conferences and is an active member of her neighborhood association, the Colonel Elias Earle Historic District Association.  Amy loves being a downtown resident of Greenville where she lives on Earle Street with her husband and two sons.

In her free time, Amy enjoys doing anything artistic and she especially loves to paint and draw.

Before joining Nexsen Pruet, Amy worked in various engineering-related positions with CeramTec North America in Laurens, S.C.

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