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Kirk A. Wilson

Patent Agent

Kirk A. Wilson

Patent Agent

(864) 271-1592


Licensed to practice in:

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Representative Practice Areas:

  • Preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications.
  • Preparing patentability studies.
  • Providing technical and legal support in patent litigation matters.


  • Kirk joined Dority & Manning in 2015.
  • Kirk has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in transportation, energy, materials, sensors, appliances, and aviation, including specific technologies in power electronics, electric machines, fuels & emissions, combustion, hybrid solar lighting, fuel cells, thermal management, activated carbon fiber, carbon foam, carbon fiber manufacturing, microcantilevers, and spectrometry.
  • Kirk assisted counsel with managing and developing IP portfolio for wind turbine products, chaired patent evaluation boards for towers & structures, services, and offshore wind technologies, searched and cleared competitor patents for offshore wind turbine, including patent due diligence of acquisition, and provided patent landscape analysis for blade handling, uptower repair, services, logistics, and repair technologies..
  • Kirk prepared and prosecuted US and PCT patent applications, disclosed new inventions, managed outside counsel patent prosecution, and advised licensing executives on patent matters related to metals, carbon & ceramics, engineering technology, energy, life sciences, environmental, and waste management technologies.

Professional Background:

  • Education: Clemson University (BS Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, 1978); University of Tennessee – Knoxville (MS Industrial Engineering, Engineering Management, 1985); University of Alabama – Huntsville (Ph.D. Candidate, Industrial & Systems Engineering).
  • Civic and Community Service: Past-President East Tennessee Chapter of ASHRAE; Past Board of Director for National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP); Greenville Downtown Rotary.
  • Honors: 2010 GE Team Growth, Offensive IP Award; 1999 Oak Ridge National Laboratory R&D 100 Award, “Self Cleaning Carbon Filter”; Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
  • Publications: “The Softer Side of NAPP”, The Disclosure, August 2005, NAPP Newsletter; “A Look At The CREATE Act”, The Disclosure, January, 2005, NAPP Newsletter; “The Nuts and Bolts of Patent Prosecution Practice-Provisional vs. Non-Provisional Patent Applications”, Short Course at NAPP Annual Meeting, [2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004]; “The Fireworks of PCT Practice-Chapter I, II, National Phase”, The Disclosure, Fall, Winter Spring and Summer 2002, NAPP Newsletter; “Road Rules – PBG Style”, The Disclosure, Vol. 6, No. 2, Summer 2001, NAPP Newsletter; “37CFR 10.27 – Division of Fees Among Practitioners”, The Disclosure, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 2001, NAPP Newsletter; US Patents 5,827,355 and 6,375,716 “Carbon Fiber Composite Molecular Sieve”.