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Alan R. Marshall


What you should know about me:

My practice is focused on representing clients in the chemical, electrochemical, and mechanical arts. I enjoy partnering with clients to understand their root issues and collaborate to build successful IP strategies.

  • An outdoor enthusiast who enjoys fishing
  • Published in four leading chemical journals for undergraduate research on organic polymers, including applications involving the use of poly (p-phenyleneethynylene) in light emitting diodes (LEDs)

Alan’s Experience

A leader within the Mechanical practice group, Alan oversees all aspects of extensive international patent and trademark portfolios for corporate clients and universities. He also prepares clearance opinions on proposed new products and non-infringement and invalidity opinions for numerous patents.

Alan has extensive experience advising clients on IP issues relating to various technology areas, including aerospace turbomachinery, additive manufacturing, metallurgy, superalloys, ceramic matrix composites, nanotechnology, biochemistry, semiconductors, thin film photovoltaic, and LED devices.

Background & Credentials


  • University of South Carolina (B.S., Chemistry, magna cum laude, 2001)
  • University of South Carolina (J.D., cum laude, 2004)


  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional Activities

  • United Ministries (Director 2012-2020, President/Chairman 2016-2017, Secretary 2013-2015)
  • Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association (President 2012-2013, Board of Directors 2006-2012)
  • Intellectual Property and Unfair Trade Practice Committee for the South Carolina Bar (chair, 2008-2010)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Greenville County Bar Association


  • Legal Elite of the Upstate
  • Leadership Greenville (Class 39)
  • University of South Carolina Intellectual Property Law Society (President 2003-2004)
  • Southeastern Environmental Law Journal
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of Omega


  • “Synthesis and Characterization of Poly[1,5-(3,7-ditert-butyl)naphtyleneethynylene] by Alkyne Metathesis,” Macromol.Rapid.Commun.,21 493 (2000).
  • “Blue Solid-State Photoluminescence and Electroluminescence from Novel Poly(para-phenyleneethynylene) Copolymers,” Chem.Mater,13 2691-2696 (2001).
  • “Alkyne-Bridged Polymers as Platform for Novel Macromolecular Materials: Catalytic Hydrogenation of Poly[(p-dialkylphenylene)ethynylene]s,” Macromolecules 34 (14) 4688-4690 (2001).
  • “Rod vs Coil: Molecular Weight Comparison of a Poly(dialkyl-p-phenyleneethynylene) with Its Reduced Poly(2,5-dialkyl-p-xylylene),” Macromolecules, 36 (5), 1424-1425 (2003).

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