Charlie Shonkwiler

  • 2010, Washington
  • 2009, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • *Not admitted in North Carolina
  • University of Washington (B.S., Paper Science and Engineering, 2002)
  • University of Oregon (J.D. / M.B.A., 2009)

Charlie Shonkwiler helps clients obtain U.S. and international patent protection, and provides advice to clients about complicated patent-related issues, including patentability, non-infringement, product clearance, and licensing.  This includes developing patent assets for large patent portfolios, and securing initial patent protection for startup companies.

Charlie also helps clients protect their intellectual property and navigate the IP landscape of third-parties throughout the course of various business activities.  This includes addressing issues around ownership of new inventions and other IP; relationships with suppliers and distributors involving IP or products and services that contain IP; and merger and acquisition transactions involving IP.  Charlie also advises clients on trademark issues and helps clients register their trademarks and navigate the trademarks of others when branding their products and services.

Charlie’s advice helps clients decide where to focus their valuable resources when pursuing patent protection or handling other IP issues.  When advising clients, Charlie keeps a view for the interrelated legal, technical, and business issues that influence a client’s alternatives and decision making process.  Charlie also excels in the art of analyzing complex, multi-faceted issues and distilling them into practical and actionable advice, remaining mindful both of the details and of the big-picture.

In addition to Charlie’s legal experience, Charlie has an engineering degree, an M.B.A. degree, and he worked as a process engineer in the pulp & paper industry.  Charlie has worked with clients on patent and IP matters involving a wide range of technologies, including:

  • Chemical engineering, specialty chemicals, and agricultural sciences
  • Outdoor recreation and sports equipment
  • Physical therapy devices
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Process automation, packaging, and logistics
  • Image and laser-based data collection devices
  • Augmented reality and speech recognition
  • Mobile devices, software, and data analytics