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Timothy D. St.Clair

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Overview

Tim chairs Nexsen Pruet’s Intellectual Property practice group.  A registered patent attorney with more than 60 jury trials to verdict as lead counsel, Tim has a skill set not often found:  lots of experience in courtrooms persuading juries and judges, combined with a busy practice of providing IP guidance and pursuing patents and trademarks.  He knows how IP is put together and he knows how it’s threatened.  He’s seen a lot of it, from both sides.  Which explains Tim’s enthusiasm and confidence about NP’s Intellectual Property practice group – certainty in proven abilities, “walk-the-talk” experience, and eagerness to think outside the box.

Intellectual property is the product of the creative mind.  Tim views his role with his Clients’ work to navigate that creativity to meaningful results – guiding his Clients from strategic counseling to registration, to commercialization, to licensing, and, if necessary, to litigation.  His practice focuses exclusively on IP, but his work runs that gamut:  patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  His Clients include individuals, start-ups, established companies, and multi-national corporations.

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Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Virginia Tech, B.S. magna cum laude, 1980
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association - Litigation Section (2006-2013); Membership Subcommittee of IP Litigation Committee, Co-Chair (2008-2011); Accelerated Examination Subcommittee of Intellectual Property Section, Chair (2008-2009)
  • Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association - Secretary and Board of Directors (2007-2010)
  • JDRF - International Board of Directors (2013-2016); Intellectual Property Advisory Task Force (2010); Development Committee (2009-Present); National Head Coach "Ride to Cure Diabetes" (2007-2011); National Ride Committee (2006-Present; Chair, 2009-2011)
  • Greenville Spinners Bicycle Club - Board of Directors (2006-2012; President, 2008)
  • Greenville Spinners Bicycle Safety Foundation - Chair (2010-2012)
Recognitions
  • Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property since 2008
  • Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Greenville (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star (2011-2013)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation (2012-2017)
  • Listed in Managing Intellectual Property magazine's "IP Stars"
  • Named Greenville Business Magazine's "Legal Elite list for 2015

Patent Litigation

  • After two years of litigation and on the eve of trial, Tim helped his client, a patentee, secure a consent injunction for willful patent infringements (along with several other remedies).
  • Tim represented a multinational corporation accused of patent infringement. He helped reach a settlement after early discovery revealed severe flaws in the plaintiffs' case.
  • Tim defended an innovative client accused of patent infringement. After two years of litigation, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case to avoid risking a ruling on pending summary judgment motions.
  • Represented a plaintiff against a patent infringer. Despite the defendants' arguments of claim invalidity, a settlement was reached.
  • Tim secured summary judgment of patent infringement and patent claim validity against a copyist competitor.

Trademark Disputes

  • Tim successfully defended a client accused of trademark infringement for using Google ad words that had been registered as federal trademarks. The case settled and the client was able to continue using the search terms.
  • He defended a client against a challenge seeking the cancellation of a federal registration. The matter successfully settled after three years of litigation.
  • Tim represented a client against a departing employee who took website data and passwords with him. He immediately initiated litigation which resulted in the recovery of the client's URL, content and passwords.

Copyright Litigation

  • Tim defended a company accused of copyright infringement. Following extensive discovery, a settlement was reached before trial.

Misappropriation of Identity

  • After a client of Tim ran radio ads, a celebrity sued alleging misappropriation of identity. A settlement was reached for nominal damages.

Tim volunteers with JDRF, working to cure Type 1 diabetes.  “I don’t have a personal connection to Type 1 diabetes; I just believe in JDRF and the people associated with it.”  His involvement started years ago with a JDRF “Ride to Cure Diabetes” bicycle ride.  Since then, he has served for five years as the National Head Coach for JDRF’s Ride program and for three years as the national chair of JDRF’s Ride Committee.  He was recently elected to JDRF’s International Board of Directors.  “The Ride to Cure is a powerful effort.  It fundraises for JDRF, but it also provides the opportunity to show that we're going to turn Type One into Type None. After that, we'll have one more Ride, just to celebrate that we did it.”

Tim St.Clair main bio photoTim St.Clair outside NP photo

"The energy and focus and ingenuity of IP is exciting. It's such a privilege working with these Clients."