Lica Colwell: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Lica Colwell

Special Counsel
Charleston,  SC  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Business Disputes
  • Environmental, Administrative & Regulatory Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Chemistry, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical
University Miami University, B.A. in Zoology, 1990; Miami University, M.S. in Microbiology, 1993
Law SchoolUniversity of Toledo, J.D., 1998
Admitted1999, Ohio (inactive) and Michigan; 2005, South Carolina; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, South Carolina; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Angelica ("Lica") M. Colwell practices in the Business Litigation Group, where she focuses on intellectual property litigation and other litigation involving complex medical issues. She has a significant educational and practice background in the medical field. She is also a registered patent attorney and does patent and trademark prosecution.

Ms. Colwell is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology and a Master of Science in Microbiology. Her research for her Master's degree focused upon the response of macrophages to intracellular infection with Chlamydia psittaci, a bacterial parasite that primarily infects birds but has also crossed over into humans. Research findings reported in her thesis, entitled "Characterization of Chlamydia psittaci-induced Indoleamine 2, 3 dioxygenase in Human Monocyte-derived Macrophage Cultures," were published in the journal Infection and Immunity, Vol. 62, No. 4, in April 1994.

After earning her M.S., Ms. Colwell did medical research for immunology professors at the Medical College of Ohio, now Medical University of Ohio, in Toledo, Ohio, and assisted with teaching microbiology courses to medical students.

Ms. Colwell came to Nexsen Pruet from Marshall & Melhorn, LLC in Toledo, Ohio, where she gained extensive experience in the defense of medical malpractice claims brought against physicians, hospitals, and other health care practitioners and facilities. At Nexsen Pruet, she has continued to work on complex cases involving medical issues, including medical device, pharmaceutical, and catastrophic injury cases.

Professional Highlights:

· Charleston County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council, Board Member (2008-2010), Board Chair (2009-2010)

· Leadership Charleston Class of 2009

· Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for Charleston County

Representative Matters

· Maintains the intellectual property portfolios for several large corporations in South Carolina, representing the companies before the USPTO.

· Represents clients in the prosecution of patent and trademark applications and in litigation of IP claims.

· First chair trial experience in the defense of medical negligence claims in the areas of orthopedic surgery, oncology and gynecological surgery, general surgery, urology, and cardiac care. Has also handled appeals of several decisions rendered in medical negligence claims.

· Founded and served as laboratory quality control officer for medical device company in the business of selling pre-measured bacterial suspensions for use in quality control and sterility testing. After three successful years, the company was sold to NAMSA Laboratories, a major contract testing laboratory, located in Northwood, Ohio.


School Supply Drive Helps Memminger Elementary Transition to New Campus
Nexsen Pruet donated more than $700 in school supplies to Memminger Elementary School in Charleston.

Client Alert: Act Now To Protect Trademarks On Facebook
The popular social networking site Facebook recently announced that starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 13, users could create personalized URLs for their pages. This poses a potential threat to trademark owners, who should act immediately to protect their rights.

Intellectual Property Group Recognized in Leading Trade Publication
Nexsen Pruet announced today that it has been recognized in "Who Protects Innovation in America 2008" by IP Law & Business.

Attorney Named to Leadership Charleston Class of 2009
CHARLESTON, SC - Angelica ("Lica") Colwell, an attorney in Nexsen Pruet's Charleston office, has been selected for the Leadership Charleston class of 2009.

Nexsen Pruet Expands IP Practice With Addition Of Lica Colwell in Charleston
Nexsen Pruet, LLC has expanded its intellectual property practice with the addition of Angelica "Lica" Colwell to the firm's Charleston, S.C., office.


Spring Fashion Season: The Time is Ripe for Rip-Offs and the Industry Still Awaits a Remedy
Unfortunately, the current system of intellectual property laws - consisting of patent, copyright and trademark - does not provide a one solution for designers to protect their work from being blatantly copied.

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
The Patent Reform Act of 2010
Notable IP Group Activities
The Transformative Obama "Hope" Poster Fair Use or an Infringing Derivative Work?

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
Court Applies "Reasonableness" Standard to Invention Assignment
I Lost Fifty Pounds Using This Product!!!
Why Should Cash-Strapped Start-Up Companies Spend Money on IP Attorneys?

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains the following articles:
- South Carolina and The Wind Energy Debate
- Virtual Mediation
- Damages in Patent Cases
- Liability Risks for Corporate Networking Websites

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains articles related to:
1. Trademark Protection in NC Under State Statutes
2. Using a Trademark in Commerce
3. Damages in Patent Cases, Part 2 of 3

LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin
This edition contains articles related to:
1) The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (a.k.a. PRO-IP Act)
2) Damages in Patent Cases, Part 1 of 3
3) Non-traditional Trademarks and Servicemarks

Human Tissue Litigation: Where is the Injury?
Val H. Stieglitz & Angelica M. Colwell co-authored an article published in International Association of Defense Counsel Committee Newsletter, No. 9 entitled Human Tissue Litigation: Where is the Injury? (March 2007).


Intellectual Property as a Means of Building Value and/or Pricing at The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for the FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ class - March 2010

Intellectual Property for Small Business Owners at Conway Chamber of Commerce and for FASTrac class - June, 2008

Trademarks, Copyrights and Licensing for the Charleston Digital Corridor's "Friday's At the Corridor" Series - April, 2006

Intellectual Property Concepts for Non-Intellectual Property Lawyers at the South Carolina annual bar convention, Charleston, SC - January, 2005

Civic & Professional Memberships

· Michigan State Bar Association

· Charleston County Bar Association

· South Carolina Women Lawyers Association

· Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association, Board Member

· Charleston Digital Corridor

· Palmetto Biotechnology Association

· Parent Teacher Association of Murray-LaSaine Elementary School, Vice President (2008-2009)

· Parent Teacher Association of Murray-LaSaine Elementary School, President (2009-2010)

· Superintendent's Parents' Advisory Council/Parent Roundtable, Charleston County Schools (2009-2010)

· Ronald McDonald House Charleston, Board of Directors

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Office Information

Lica Colwell

205 King Street, Suite 400
CharlestonSC 29401


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