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Erik K. Sivertson


Erik K. Sivertson


(864) 271-1592


Licensed to practice in:

South Carolina, Virginia, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Representative Practice Areas:

  • Preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patent and trademark applications.
  • Conducting contested administrative proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including AIA post grant review proceedings (e.g. inter partes review, covered business method review).
  • Litigating cases involving claims of patent and/or trademark infringement.
  • Providing written opinions as to patent validity and infringement.
  • Negotiating and drafting intellectual property (IP) and software license agreements.


  • Erik joined Dority & Manning in 2015.
  • Erik mainly concentrates his practice on electrical and computer-implemented subject matter but has experience in many different fields of technology.
  • Prior to joining Dority & Manning, Erik was an associate with an intellectual property boutique firm in Washington, D.C. where he litigated patent cases related to various technologies, represented clients in several AIA post-grant review proceedings, and drafted non-infringement and invalidity opinions.
  • Additionally, Erik was an associate in the intellectual property group of a large general practice firm in Charleston, SC where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications related to various technologies, drafted and prosecuted trademark applications for various goods and services, drafted and negotiated IP and software license agreements, counseled clients regarding corporate formation, and performed due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.
  • Prior to law school, Erik worked as an engineer and contractor for Directed Technologies, Inc. supporting programs for The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Professional Background:

  • Education: Washington and Lee University (B.S., Physics-Engineering, summa cum laude, 2007); The George Washington University Law School (J.D., with Honors, 2012).
  • Civil and Community Service: American Intellectual Property Law Association.
  • Achievements and Honors: George Washington University Law School Thurgood Marshall Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; Robert Alexander Scholarship; Walter LeConte Stevens Scholarship; Physics-Engineering Department Award and Scholarship.