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J. Parks Workman


J. Parks Workman


(864) 271-1592


Licensed to practice in:

South Carolina, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Representative Practice Areas:

  • Preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patent, trademark, and copyright applications.
  • Litigating all aspects of intellectual property matters.
  • Rendering opinions on patent infringement, validity and right-to-practice issues.
  • Drafting and negotiating license agreements, collaboration agreements, software development/maintenance agreements, confidentiality agreements, and other agreements involving intellectual property issues.


  • Parks has been with Dority & Manning since 2007 and is a Principal of the firm.
  • Parks has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the electrical, electromechanical, and mechanical arts, including software, data management, electronics, image processing, electrical power systems, control systems, semiconductor processing, electrical devices, and industrial machinery.
  • Parks has experience managing global patent portfolios for a variety of clients.
  • Parks has prepared clearance opinions on a variety of proposed new products and prepared non-infringement and invalidity opinions for numerous patents.
  • Parks has been involved with all aspects of intellectual property litigation.
  • Parks has drafted and prepared numerous agreements involving complex intellectual property issues.

Professional Background:

  • Education: Clemson University (B.S., Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, 2004); University of South Carolina (J.D., magna cum laude, 2007).
  • Admission: United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
  • Civic and Community Service: South Carolina Bar Association; DRI; Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association; American Bar Association.  Parks serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of the Upstate.
  • Honors: Legal Elite of the Upstate; Leadership Greenville (Class 40); Law Review, Managing Editor and Editor’s Award; Order of the Coif; Order of the Wig and Robe; Student member of the John Belton O’Neal Inn of Court; CALI awards in Evidence; Agency, Partnerships and LLCs; and Start Ups and New Ventures; Tau Beta Pi; Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Publications: “Combating Threats of Attorney’s Fee Awards in Settlement of Intellectual Property Cases,” Tim F. Williams and J. Parks Workman, Volume 13, Issue 10, DRI, The Business Suit; “Patent Litigation: Attacking Claims of Privilege for Communications with Foreign Patent Agents,” Tim F. Williams and J. Parks Workman, Volume 14, Issue 1, DRI, The Business Suit; “Federal Circuit Clarifies Injunction Requirements in a Patent Case,” Tim F. Williams and J. Parks Workman, DRI Today, January 5, 2012; “The South Carolina Uniform Securities Act of 2005: A Balancing Act Under a New Blue Sky.” 57 S.C.L. Rev. 409 (2006).