Lance Lawson is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Group. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property, with a focus on patent infringement and other intellectual property litigation including trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and trade secrets, as well as commercial disputes involving technology. Lance also has extensive experience in strategic planning concerning patent and trademark procurement and portfolio management, including acquisition, maintenance, and licensing of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark assets. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Lance has been elected numerous times to Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" list as one of the top patent attorneys in North Carolina. Lance is named in The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized multiple times as a North Carolina Super Lawyer for his experience in Intellectual Property Litigation. Lance recently served as the Chair of the committee that prepared the Local Patent Rules for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
Lance has represented companies in more than forty intellectual property disputes in federal courts in Alabama, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and the International Trade Commission. Lance has handled intellectual property disputes in diverse technology areas including medical devices, mobile wireless telephones, hand held scanners, computer software and hard disk drives, spread spectrum chip technology, oil and water pipe joining devices, breathable film and nonwoven fabrics, cervical cancer screening systems and preservative solutions, high speed knitting needles, mechanical discharge constriction apparatuses, and athletic and comfort footwear.
Lance is a former law clerk to The Honorable Robert D. Potter, Senior United States District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Owner's Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Carolina Patent Trademark and Copyright Law Association. He recently chaired the Patent Law Committee for the IP Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Lance is a frequent speaker and has published numerous articles regarding intellectual property law and practice. In addition, for multiple years Lance served as the Managing Editor of Aspen's Federal Circuit Annual Review.
Lance is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as a number of U.S. District Courts throughout the country. He received his B.S. in civil engineering, with honors, at the United States Military Academy at West Point and his M.S. in environmental engineering from Stanford University. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1996, where he was a member of the Notre Dame Law Review.
Prior to attending law school, Lance served nine years on active duty as a civil engineer officer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, including three years as chief of engineering and design in a construction unit, and one year commanding a construction unit in Iraq and Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Storm. Lance served as an attorney at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves while performing duties as the general counsel to several military units in the Southeast. In addition, Lance serves as a college liaison counselor to local high school students interested in attending a service academy, and has served on a Congressional Service Academy Selection Panel. Lance also coaches athletic teams, including a high-school-age boys AAU basketball team.
· Represents designer and manufacturer of oil and water pipe joining devices.
· Represents manufacturer of mid-range heavy-duty combustion engine turbo chargers in patent infringement lawsuit.
· Represents designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art athletic and comfort footwear.
· Represented designer and manufacturer of medical devices that repair structural heart defects.
· Represented telecommunications client in several U.S. and international patent-related matters.
· Represented defendant designer and manufacturer of materials handling equipment in a patent infringement lawsuit. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement based on the claim construction advocated by defendant and affirmed by the Federal Circuit.
· Lead counsel in obtaining a favorable settlement for the defendant in a case for alleged infringement of a patent for a filter and shroud assembly for computer hard disk drives.
· Represented defendant accused of breaches of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and patent infringement with technology related to reagents and methods for determining the amount of certain analytes in human blood samples. Case resolved on favorable business agreement after court granted defendant's motion for summary judgment that plaintiff was not entitled to damages for lost profits and dismissal of plaintiff's unfair competition claims.
· Represented plaintiff and obtained a favorable settlement in a breach of contract and unfair and deceptive trade practices matter concerning hand-held scanners.
· Represented patentee regarding technology relating to spread spectrum electronic chips used on brake systems and warning lights for the heavy trucking industry. Case resolved on business arrangement including patentee granting some licenses regarding its spread spectrum technology.
· Represented the defendant in complex patent, antitrust, and Lanham Act cases in the District of Delaware and the District of Massachusetts relating to a system for screening for cervical cancer. The case resolved on a business arrangement.
· Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2014
· North Carolina Legal Elite
· North Carolina Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2006, 2012, 2013
Professional and Community Affiliations
· Intellectual Property Owner's Association
· Federal Circuit Bar Association
· Intellectual Property Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association
· Carolina Patent Trademark and Copyright Law Association
· Chair, Local Patent Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
· Co-Chair, Patent Law Committee, IP Section of the North Carolina Bar Association
· Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General's Corps
· Founder and President, Stanford Club of Greater Charlotte
· Past President and current Board of Directors, West Point Society of the Carolinas
· Coach, 16U Amateur Athletic Union basketball team for Team Heat, North Carolina