Mr. Clements has been involved with patents for 40 years, first as a USPTO primary examiner, and practicing law for 33 years in various intellectual property areas. Mr. Clements began his career at the USPTO, and has worked in private practice at leading law firms and in-house at B.F. Goodrich and KoSa (Hoechst Celanese) serving as the Chief Patent Counsel for the Fiber and Film Division. Mr. Clements has been Of Counsel with the Firm since 2016.
Mr. Clements focuses his practice counseling clients with respect to patents, trademarks, copyrights, opinions, and licensing and corresponding litigation in polymers, resins, fibers, chemical compositions, pharmaceutical compositions, and biotechnology. Mr. Clements advises clients in the U.S. and abroad and has been involved in patent and trademark matters in the U.S., Korea, France, Japan, and India, as well has having spent two-years in Germany actively participating in matters before the European Patent Office related to oppositions and appeals. In the U.S., Mr. Clements regularly practices before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
Mr. Clements is fluent in German, and is a master beekeeper serving as a past president of the N.C. Beekeepers Association as well as teaching prospective beekeepers each year. Mr. Clements was named to the N.C. Legal Elite for Intellectual Property in 2008.