Dority & Manning News

Grant Adkins, David Cromer, Devin Cummins, Lawrence Nwaesei, and Sterling Waite Join Dority & Manning

September 11th, 2017

Dority & Manning Mourns the Passing of Founder Wellington M. Manning, Jr.

August 14th, 2017

Jason Jennings and Thomas Huycke Elected Principals

February 2nd, 2017

Dority & Manning Attorneys Named to Legal Elite of the Upstate

August 5th, 2016

Yusuf Hasan Joins Dority & Manning

March 3rd, 2016

Jason Pittman, Edward Kiessing, and Robert Williams Join Dority & Manning

February 18th, 2016

Grant Adkins, David Cromer, Devin Cummins, Lawrence Nwaesei, and Sterling Waite Join Dority & Manning

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September
2017

Dority & Manning is proud to announce that Grant D. Adkins, David E. Cromer, Devin J. Cummins, Lawrence Nwaesei, and Sterling R. Waite have joined the firm.

Grant is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the Florida Bar. Grant earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Florida and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University.

David is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the California Bar. David earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and a J.D. from Tulane University.

Devin is a member of the North Carolina Bar. Devin earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and a J.D. from William & Mary Law School.

Lawrence is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the Illinois Bar. Lawrence earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Wayne State University and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Sterling is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the Georgia Bar. Sterling earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College; a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University; and a J.D. from University of Georgia.

Dority & Manning Mourns the Passing of Founder Wellington M. Manning, Jr.

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August
2017

Mackie Manning, one of the founding partners of Dority & Manning, P.A., passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017.  He was 81 years old.

A chemical engineer by trade, Manning’s keen interest in law led him to law school at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  Manning supported his family while attending law school by working at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he honed his legal skills and made friendships that lasted his entire career.  Manning returned to South Carolina and, after a brief time working as a patent attorney for a large corporation, he started Dority & Manning with long-time friend Julian Dority in 1984.  In a short time, Manning developed a reputation as a top intellectual property practitioner.  He successfully tried numerous patent infringement cases for both patentees and for companies accused of infringement.  He was also a recognized expert witness and mediator in intellectual property matters.  Manning’s influence helped Dority & Manning grow to become the Southeast’s largest boutique IP law firm.

Manning was tenacious, generous, and eternally optimistic, and brought all of those qualities to the practice of law.  “I didn’t like my work,” he said not long ago.  “I loved it.”  Respected and lauded in the field of intellectual property law, both locally and nationally, Manning received numerous awards and distinctions, including Clemson University’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus.  But Manning preferred a vigorous debate about an interesting legal issue over any such accolades.  Manning left an indelible mark on the firm he founded by guiding and mentoring every person with whom he worked.

“Although Mackie was an instrumental part of Dority & Manning’s success, his impact outside of the firm was equally significant,” said Stephen Bondura, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dority & Manning.  “Mackie’s unwavering faith led him to impact countless lives as part of the Kairos Prison Ministry that he participated in for so many years.  All who knew Mackie will miss him dearly.”

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or to the Kairos Prison Ministry of South Carolina.

Jason Jennings and Thomas Huycke Elected Principals

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February
2017

Dority & Manning is proud to announce the election of Jason Jennings
and Thomas Huycke as Principals of the firm. Both Jason and Tommy have been practicing intellectual property law since 2009.

Tommy focuses his practice on the management of global intellectual property portfolios, and has extensive experience in prosecuting U.S. and international patent and trademark applications and preparing patent related opinions of counsel, including validity, infringement, and right to practice opinions. Tommy also assists clients in a variety of other intellectual property related matters, including due diligence investigations and the drafting of collaboration agreements, confidentiality agreements, license agreements, terms of use agreements, and other agreements involving intellectual property issues. Tommy has a technical background in mechanical engineering, and has experience in a wide range of technologies in the electromechanical and mechanical arts, including fiber optic products and equipment, power generation and control systems, structural and building systems, pultrusion machinery, packaging and industrial machinery, automotive components, and agricultural machinery. Tommy graduated from Clemson University with a degree in mechanical engineering and received his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law.

Jason has extensive experience in prosecuting domestic and international patent and trademark applications. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications across a vast array of technology areas, including window coverings, agricultural vehicles and equipment, power generation systems and related control systems, aeromechanical systems, mechanical and electrical control systems, automotive components, medical devices, software, data management, and networking. Jason also assists clients with complex transactions involving intellectual property issues, including the preparation and negotiation of license agreements, collaboration agreements, software development agreements, intellectual property transfer agreements, and confidentiality agreements. Additionally, Jason has significant experience in preparing opinions of counsel related to patent matters, including opinions related to infringement, validity, and right to practice. Jason graduated from Clemson University with a degree in mechanical engineering and received his J.D. from Campbell Law School.

Dority & Manning Attorneys Named to Legal Elite of the Upstate

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August
2016

Dority & Manning is proud to announce that principals Alan R. Marshall and J. Parks Workman were named Legal Elite of the Upstate in the area of Intellectual Property Law by Greenville Business Magazine.

Alan concentrates his practice on managing patent portfolios and related issues for corporate clients and universities. He has particular experience in various industries, including polymer processing and synthesis, metallurgy and superalloys, ceramic matrix composites, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical and genetic biochemistry, semiconductor technologies, thin film photovoltaic and LED devices, and aerospace turbomachinery. Alan also advises clients in various trademark matters and disputes.

Parks advises clients in patent issues involving a variety of technology areas, including software, graphics, data analysis and management, electrical devices, electronics, communication systems, power distribution systems, renewable energy, semiconductor processing, industrial systems, and other technologies. Parks also assists clients with complex transactions involving intellectual property issues, including the preparation and negotiation of license agreements, collaboration agreements, software development agreements, intellectual property transfers, and confidentiality agreements.

Congratulations to Alan and Parks!

Yusuf Hasan Joins Dority & Manning

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March
2016

Dority & Manning is proud to announce that Yusuf A. Hasan has joined the firm. Yusuf earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University; and a J.D. from University of Connecticut School of Law.

Jason Pittman, Edward Kiessing, and Robert Williams Join Dority & Manning

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February
2016

Dority & Manning is proud to announce that Jason A. Pittman has joined the firm. Jason is a member of the South Carolina Bar. Jason earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel; and a J.D. from Charleston School of Law.

Edward H. Kiessling has also joined Dority & Manning. Eddie is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the Alabama Bar. Eddie earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from University of Alabama in Huntsville; and a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University.

Robert H. Williams has also joined Dority & Manning. Rob is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the South Carolina Bar and North Carolina Bar. Rob earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a J.D. from University of South Carolina.

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