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Neil M. Batavia


What you should know about me:

I have been an intellectual property attorney at D&M for almost 20 years. My practice includes patent portfolio management and related prosecution, opinion work, and client counseling. I am motivated by the opportunity to partner with high-technology companies to develop innovative IP strategies.

  • Known as the team’s creative thinker and ideator
  • Neil serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, and is particularly passionate about access to early childhood education
  •  Prior to law school, Neil designed and implemented a bioinformatics software for genetic sequencing

Neil’s Experience

Neil serves as a leader within D&M’s Electrical & Computer Science practice group. Neil’s practice is directed toward electrical and computer-implemented subject matter and his experience spans related technical areas including computer hardware and software, autonomous robotics, computer vision, wearable technologies, telecommunications (e.g., 4G/5G), AI/ML, and data compression/encoding, among others.

In addition to managing complex intellectual property portfolios, Neil also assists clients with licensing agreements, opinion work, infringement and validity matters, and various litigation services.

Background & Credentials


  • Clemson University (B.S., Biochemistry; Minor, Computer Science, 2000)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2003)


  • 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

  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (Member, Software Related Inventions Committee)
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors)
  • A Child’s Haven (Board of Directors)
  • Intellectual Property and Unfair Trade Practice Committee for the South Carolina Bar (Chair, 2006-2008)
  • American Bar Association
  • Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association


  • AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Attorney Vote, Legal Elite of the Upstate
  • Super Lawyers
  • Best and Brightest 35 and Under
  • Leadership Greenville (Class 37)
  • Editor, South Carolina Law Review
  • President, University of South Carolina Intellectual Property Law Society


  • Overview of the Approach to AI in the United States, Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: A Global Perspective, Imperial Hotel Tokyo (Dec. 2019).
  • “That Which We Call a Domain by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet: The Overbroad Protection of Trademark Law as Applies to Domain Names on the Internet”, S.C. L. Rev., 461-486 (2002); “When Copying Becomes Criminal – The Stiff Penalties for Copyright Infringement”, South Carolina Lawyer, May 20.

News & Events

Dority & Manning to Participate in Artificial Intelligence Seminar in Tokyo, Japan

Dority & Manning is pleased to announce our collaboration with Marks & Clerk in the international seminar, Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: A Global Perspective. The seminar will be held at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, December 3rd.  Principal Neil Batavia and Senior Associate Joseph Probst will be presenting “An Overview of …

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