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Neil M. Batavia


Neil M. Batavia


(864) 271-1592

Licensed to practice in:

South Carolina, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Representative Practice Areas:

  • Managing client intellectual property portfolios and related prosecution, opinion work, and counseling.
  • Litigating all aspects of intellectual property law issues.
  • Drafting and negotiating license agreements, collaboration agreements, software development/maintenance agreements, confidentiality agreements, and other agreements involving intellectual property issues.


  • Neil is a Principal at the firm.
  • He concentrates his practice on electrical and computer-implemented subject matter but has experience in many different fields of technology.
  • He has drafted and prosecuted numerous U.S. and international patent applications.
  • Neil also has extensive experience managing trademark portfolios.
  • He is adept at resolving domain name disputes, including arbitration complaints filed under ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
  • While at Clemson, Neil did research on the implementation of Kaleidaseq DNA sequencing software at the Clemson University Genomics institute and also worked as a DNA tracking technician.

Professional Background:

  • Education: Clemson University (B.S., Biochemistry; Minor, Computer Science, 2000); University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2003).
  • Admissions: 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.
  • Civic and Community Service: Greenville Chamber of Commerce (Vice-Chair, Talent Development, Board of Directors), YouthBase (Board of Directors); Greenville B-Cycle (Chairman of Steering Committee); Intellectual Property and Unfair Trade Practice Committee for the South Carolina Bar (Chair, 2006-2008); American Bar Association; Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association.
  • Achievements and Honors: 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; AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Publications: “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 2003.

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