Clark A.D. Wilson

Senior Counsel
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3800
Atlanta, GA 30303
D: 404.954.5087
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Jennifer Williams
D: 404.954.5041


University of Maryland
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Bioengineering, 2013
Florida Coastal School of Law
J.D., 2005, Dean’s Scholar
University of New Hampshire
Visiting Law Student, Franklin-Pierce Law Center Intellectual Property Summer Institute, 2003
University of Miami
B.S. Civil Engineering, 2001
University of Miami
B.S. Environmental Engineering, 2001

Bar and Court Admissions

Georgia State Bar, 2009
District of Columbia Bar, 2006
Florida State Bar, 2005
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Georgia
    Intellectual Property Law Section, Executive Committee Member and Networking Committee Chair
Atlanta Bar Association 
  Intellectual Property Law Section Chair and SpringPosium Chair
Atlanta IP Inn of Court
Biomedical Engineering Society
   Medical Devices Special Interest Group
Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
    Executive Board Member of the Atlanta Chapter

Awards & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Leadership DeKalb’s Class of 2016
Rising Star - Intellectual Property
, Georgia SuperLawyers, 2013-2017
Board Certification in Intellectual Property, Florida Bar, 2012-2016
Book Award for Academic Excellence in IP Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2005

Publications & Speaking


Big Changes in International IP Laws: Business Methods and Computer Programs in China and Copyright Protection for Digital Technologies in Europe, Author, Amercian Bar Association, June 2018.

In-House Best Practices for Trademark and Copyright Litigation & Portfolio Management, moderator, Intellectual Property Section CLE, Atlanta Bar Association, Feb. 11, 2016

An Intellectual Property: Practical Issue Spotting to Keep Growing Clients Out of Trouble, speaker at conference hosted by the State Bar of Georgia, Oct. 22, 2015

Managing Early Stage Intellectual Property, speaker in Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) Medtech Innovation Speaker Series, Sept. 10, 2015

Translation, Intellectual Property and Venture Capital, speaker in webinar for the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), July 29, 2015

That Medical Device Invention Can't Be Patentable...Can It?, guest column in Medical Device Online, June 19, 2015

The Challenges of Innovation and Patentable Subject Matter of Medical Devices, a panel discussion CLE given at the Medical Device & Diagnostic IP Conference in Alexandria, Virginia, March 2015

An Obviousness Perspective for Medical Device Patent Innovators, a panel CLE given at the 5th Annual Medical Device Patents Summit in Chicago, March 2015

Deference to the District Courts: Analyzing the Supreme Court’s decision in Teva v. Sandoz, State Bar of Georgia IP Section Newsletter, February 2015

Intellectual Property for Biomedical Innovators, Presentation made to students at the Georgia Tech Master's degree in Biomedical Innovation & Development program, November 2014

Strategies and Tactics in Post-Grant Proceedings, Panel Moderator, Georgia Bar Intellectual Property Law Institute, September 19, 2014

NSF I-Corps Southeast Life Science Startup Accelerator, Keynote Speaker, September 11, 2014
Do You Have Intellectual Property to Protect?, Healthcare Pioneers Conference in Atlanta, GA, June 2014
Venture Capital and Patent Law: Practical Strategies for Patenting an Innovation, speaker in webinar for the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), April 2014
Strategies for Combatting Obviousness post-KSR, Medical Device Patents conference in Chicago, IL, March 2014
First-to-File Update on Patent Law and its Effect on Medical Device Industry, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry Magazine, March 1, 2013
Patent Law Update Post-AIA and its Impact on the Medical Device Industry, Medical Device & Manufacturing conference in Orlando, FL, February 2013
IP Aspects of Social Media, Georgia Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division, Intellectual Property committee CLE, 2012
Trademark Registration and Practice: An Attorney’s Role, CLE, 2012
Protecting Your Brands and Patentable Inventions, Social Media Law conference CLE, 2011
Introduction to Copyright, Trademark and Other IP law, CLE, 2011
Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), 2010
Value Driven IP Protection: Cost Effective Strategies for Securing Your Innovation, Georgia Tech Advanced Technology Development Center, 2010
Why Businesses Care about the "In re Bilski Case," CLE Atlanta Bar Association, 2010
Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Investing, The Power of Angel Investing conference at the University of Georgia, 2010


Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University School of Law, Spring 2017
Course title: International Intellectual Property Law

Clark Wilson, an attorney in the Atlanta office, is interested in achieving the best business solution when working with a client to develop a strategy.  Whether it is offensive or defensive, guiding the client to an outcome of continued forward progress is his ultimate goal.  
Clark’s practice includes patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate and non-infringement counselling, license negotiation and patent litigation support. Through his counselling, Clark has gained experience with both utility and design patents.  He also provides trademark prosecution, trademark litigation support and cancellation and opposition proceedings at the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB).  Clark has obtained the Board Certified Expert designation in intellectual property by the Florida Bar Association.

Throughout his career, Clark has worked with a variety of technologies from a mix of industries. Example industries include medical devices, firearms and shooting sports, construction equipment and materials, consumer chemicals, cable management and connection equipment software.
While working with medical device innovators as both in-house and outside patent counsel, Clark obtained particular experience working on technologies including the following: ophthalmic lenses, surgical implant devices, medical feeding equipment, diagnostic equipment, orthopedic equipment, software, and dental inspection and surgical equipment.  He is also a Guest Faculty member of the Master of Biomedical Innovation & Design program at Georgia Tech.  In addition, he is Team Leader in the Industry Committee of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Clark is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University College of Law, where he teaches an annual course in International IP Law. He is also a past Chair of the Atlanta Bar Association IP section and a current Executive Board Member of the State of Georgia IP Section.
In Clark’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, attending and watching soccer and football games, and keeping up to date on current affairs. As an Eagle Scout, his Eagle project involved planting 300 trees on a barren hill along a highway in Fairfax, Virginia.  Those trees are still growing 20 years later.

Florida Bar Intellectual Property Law Board Certification Avvo Rating for Top Attorney Patent Application
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Pro Bono Work

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation


3D printing raises issues of IP protection, by Leslie Johnson, Atlanta Business Chronicle, March 13, 2015


All Media
Strategies & Best Practices for Corporate IP Counsel: The Big Picture
Strategies & Best Practices for Corporate IP Counsel: The Big PictureYou're invited to the second annual Merchant & Gould In-House Strategies Updates and Panel on March 6 at the Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta. Join us for updates and tactics ...
Clark A.D. Wilson on Biomedical Engineering Society Patent Process Panel
Clark A.D. Wilson will be a panelist in the “Intellectual Property: Patent Process" seminar at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on October 6, 2016. Industry Session: Intellectual Property: Patent Process Thursday, ...
White Papers
Twice-Freezing Naturally-Occurring Liver Cells Can Be Patentable Under §101
New and useful laboratory techniques for preserving naturally-occurring cells is “precisely the type of claim that is eligible for patenting.”  That is the ruling by the Federal circuit in Rapid Litigation Management Ltd. V. Cellzdirect, Inc. ...
Clark Wilson to moderate Atlanta Bar CLE on Trademark and Copyright Litigation
Clark Wilson, an intellectual property attorney in the Atlanta office of Merchant & Gould, has organized a lunch event, eligible for CLE credit, for the IP section of the Atlanta Bar Association.Atlanta Bar Association Intellectual Property Section Luncheon In-House ...
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould's Atlanta office relocates
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm, announced today that its Atlanta, Georgia office has relocated. Effective October 26, 2015, Merchant & Gould has moved to a different floor in One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, occupying Suite ...
Clark Wilson to speak on IP matters at Georgia conference
Merchant & Gould attorney Clark A.D. Wilson will be giving a presentation on intellectual property matters at a full-day conference provided by the State Bar of Georgia on October 22, 2015.The conference is called "Growth Companies - Legal and Business ...
Press Releases
Merchant & Gould’s Clark Wilson selected for Leadership DeKalb Class of 2016
Clark Wilson, a senior counsel in Merchant & Gould’s Atlanta office, was one of sixty candidates chosen to participate in Leadership DeKalb 2016 class. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the respected Atlanta-area leadership development program. ...
Clark A.D. Wilson to present on IP for Biomedical Engineering Society
Merchant & Gould attorney Clark A.D. Wilson will be a featured speaker for the Biomedical Engineering Society's webinar on Translation, Intellectual Property, and Venture Capital on July 29, 2015.Translation, Intellectual Property, and Venture Capital ...