Corky Klett has a broad and diverse intellectual property practice. While his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation of all types, he is also routinely involved in the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions including due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, technology transfer and licensing, as well as intellectual property portfolio creation, management, and enforcement.
Corky has experience representing clients in patent infringement matters related to a broad range of technologies, and has argued before Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Corky has experience filing and prosecuting federal trademark applications, managing and enforcing trademark portfolios, and litigating trademark matters, including infringement actions in federal court and cancellation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Such matters often involve internet domain names. Corky has experience with UDRP claims associated with domain name disputes.
Corky has a wide variety of copyright experience, including internet music downloading cases, publication and manufacturing design.
Corky has experience in developing strategies for the preservation and enforcement of corporate proprietary information. He assists companies in developing policies and employee agreements aimed at protecting this valuable intangible asset.
Corky has experience in negotiating and drafting license agreements for software, as well as litigating software issues.
Corky is the primary intellectual property counsel to the Estate of James Brown. In connection with this representation, he is involved with a wide variety of issues.
Corky routinely represents companies in the development, protection, and management of intellectual property assets.
•Best Lawyers in America - Intellectual Property (2006-2011); Copyright Law (2012-Present); Trademark Law (2012-Present); Patent Law (2012-Present); Patent Litigation (2012-Present); Intellectual Property Litigation (2012-Present)
•Martindale-Hubbell - AV-rated
•Supreme Court of SC's Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline (1995-1997)
•Supreme Court of SC's Commission on Lawyer Conduct (1997-1998; 2000-2004)
•SC Bar Ethics Advisory Committee - Chair
• Legal Elite of the Midlands - Intellectual Property, 2012
•Listed in Managing Intellectual Property magazine's IP Stars
Speaking & Writing
•2015 Legal Elite of the Midlands
October 14, 2015
December 9, 2013
•Is Your Website Subject to the ADA?
January 13, 2016
Corky is a frequent speaker on a variety of intellectual property issues. He has taught copyright and entertainment law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, and participated as a speaker at numerous continuing legal education seminars on a variety of IP and ethics topics.
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Outside the office, Corky spends as much time as possible with his wife and four children. Corky is also an avid soccer player, having played on scholarship in college, as well as professionally. He still plays in amateur leagues and has been a member of amateur State Cup title teams in Colorado, South Carolina, and Texas. He has had the privilege of coaching all four of his children's soccer teams, and is currently still coaching the team for his youngest child.
When he is not on the soccer field, Corky enjoys international travel, snow skiing, and reading.