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Patent Law

Patent Law


Barnwell Whaley’s Registered Patent Attorneys Bill Killough, Todd Hess and Ernest Lipscomb provide legal services, counseling and representation in the highly specialized and regulated areas of Patent law regarding:

• Patent acquisitions and licensing, both U.S. and foreign
• Patent prosecution, both U.S. and foreign

Barnwell Whaley’s experienced litigation team provides representation in the following forums:

• Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings
• Litigation in US District Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Bill Killough is a certified mediator, having received training from the South Carolina Bar and the American Arbitration Association.

Killough, Hess and Lipscomb’s 90+ combined years working in this area of the law translates to thousands of patent acquisitions, hundreds of prosecutions and a reputation as leaders in the patent field in South Carolina. Killough and Lipscomb are adjunct professors for the Patent Law course at the University of South Carolina School of Law, yet another testament to the fact that these gentlemen have the ability to discuss the intricacies of inventions with engineers, chemists, researchers and scientists, and relate that information to the layperson sitting in a classroom…or in litigation: on a jury.

Todd Hess is an experienced business owner, certified financial planner and professional engineer.  He is registered to practice law with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as in all courts in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.He has extensive experience in the areas of chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing.

Ernest “Lip” Lipscomb literally “wrote the book” on Patent Law for many years:
Lipscomb’s Walker on Patents (11 volumes) and Lipscomb’s Patent Claims (4 volumes).

Killough, Hess and Lipscomb are supported by a team of associates including chemists, engineers, nurse attorneys and award winning litigators. Barnwell Whaley attorneys take client services seriously, working to advance each individual client’s business goals in the most efficient, cost efficient, manner possible. Our areas of practice include a broad range of technologies to include:

• Mechanical
• Computer Software
• Chemical
• Pharmaceutical
• Biotechnology
• Medical Devices
• and more.

Related areas of law:

Alternative Dispute Resolutions
Appellate Practice
Patent Litigation

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B.C. Killough  is a member attorney, registered patent attorney and engineer.  He has been practicing law since 1979.


thumbnail image of Todd Hess, patent attorneyTodd Hess is a registered patent attorney and certified financial planner. He has been practicing law since 2007.


image of Ernest Lip Lipscomb patent attorneyErnest “Lip” Lipscomb is of counsel to Barnwell Whaley. He is a registered patent attorney, an engineer and the author of Lipscomb’s Walker on Patents and Lipscomb’s Patent Claims. He has been practicing law since 1965.


Barbara Wagner_DSC2391_52x78_RGBBarbara Wagner  is special counsel at Barnwell Whaley with a Ph.D. in Chemistry. She has been practicing law since 2007.  She is listed as inventor on 20 United States Patents.

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