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B. C. Killough

patent attorney. litigator. business counselor. mediator

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Patents and Trademarks

With regard to all intellectual property, both foreign and domestic, B.C. Killough has:

  • obtained more than 300 United States patents for clients
  • participated in prosecuting more than 100 foreign patent applications
  • filed more than 1000 trademark applications with the US Patent and Trademark Offices on behalf of his clients
  • participated in more than 200 commercial transactions representing buyers, sellers, borrowers and lenders

Killough’s patent experience includes work with clients in the fields of:

  • medical devices
  • medical diagnostic and surgical methods
  • physical chemistry
  • digital printing technology
  • telecommunications
  • electro-mechanical and mechanical devices

His foreign patent work includes participation in contested proceedings before the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office. Killough is an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he teaches patent law.


Killough is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Killough regularly litigates intellectual property and trade regulation matters before US District Courts and trademark matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Business Counseling and Transactions

Killough puts his business training and education to work for clients. As an experienced transactional lawyer, Bill Killough has participated in more than 200 commercial transactions representing buyers, sellers, borrowers and lenders. Killough is a problem solver. Local companies count on him to provide a wide array of legal advice on which business decisions are made. He has designed novel restructuring of business organizations where changes were indicated. He became a licensed title insurance agent to assist his clients in these matters where needed.


Bill is certified as a mediator by South Carolina Supreme Court Arbitrator and Mediator Certification Board. He prefers to mediate intellectual property disputes and commercial disputes.

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B.C. Killough
Practice areas

Intellectual property
Administrative law
Alternative dispute resolution
Commercial transactions
Civil litigation

Professional memberships

Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Member, Intellectual Property Institute
Federal Bar Association, South Carolina Chapter Co-Chair,  Intellectual Property Committee
Federal Circuit Bar Association
National Association of Patent Practitioners
Carolinas Patent, Trademark and
Copyright Law Association
Charleston County Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
South Carolina Public Service Commission
Advisory Committee


Bachelor of Industrial Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Master of Business Administration
University of South Carolina
Juris Doctor
University of South Carolina

Court admissions

United States Patent and Trademark Office
All South Carolina Courts
United States District Court for the District
of South Carolina
United States Court of Appeals for Federal
United States Court of Appeals for the
Fourth Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Awards and Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
South Carolina Super Lawyers: Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney
Best Lawyers in America: Intellectual property litigation; corporate law.
2015, Charleston SC Corporate Lawyer of the Year
2017 Charleston Business Magazine Legal Elite:  Intellectual Property and Innovation


Contributor, Federal Circuit Bar Association Circuit Case Digest
Contributor, Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law, Intellectual Property and Technology


Kentucky Colonel
Instrument rated pilot
Merit badge counselor, Boy Scouts of America Troop 502