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James H. Noel


What you should know about me:

Exploring technological frontiers is my passion and is what sparked my interest in IP law. I started my journey at D&M as an intern. I later returned to work as a patent agent, and after completing law school at Duke University, an associate attorney. I enjoy diving into new and exciting technologies within electrical engineering…

  • Known as a team player whose door is always open
  • Builds basic hobby electronic circuits and lays out custom printed circuit boards
  • Designed and built an energy-producing merry-go-round that powered the lights in a Liberian schoolhouse

James’ Experience

James assists small and large organizations in thoughtfully building, understanding, and concentrating patent portfolios to align with business goals, the competitive landscape, and upcoming technology trends. James prepares and prosecutes a wide variety of patent applications, and also researches and develops non-infringement and invalidity positions.

James’ practice focuses on providing clients within the electrical and computer science sectors with strategic patent protection. He has experience with a variety of groundbreaking technologies including machine learning, mechanical, polymeric, biochemical, and other textile arts.

Background & Credentials


  • Clemson University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 2016)
  • Clemson University (M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2017)
  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2021)


  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities

  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association


  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Research Editor, Duke Law Journal
  • Dean’s Award, Criminal Law, Duke Law
  • Faculty Scholarship Award, Clemson University
  • Eastman Chemical Award for Excellence, Clemson University
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society


News & Events

D&M Attorneys Support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala

[Greenville, SC; May 11, 2024] Dority & Manning proudly celebrates the achievements of our Associate Attorneys, Lillian G. Fant and Caroline E. Leadmon, for their outstanding contributions to the recent Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Gala. Serving on the planning committee, Lillian and Caroline demonstrated their dedication to raising awareness and funds for Type 1 …

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