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J. Rhoades White, Jr.


J. Rhoades White, Jr.


(864) 271-1592


Licensed to practice in:

South Carolina, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Representative Practice Areas:

  • Preparing, prosecuting, and managing U.S. and international patent applications.
  • Managing extensive and complex patent portfolios.
  • Negotiating and drafting agreements related to development, ownership, and use of intellectual property.
  • Preparing and prosecuting trademark applications.


  • Rhoades concentrates his patent drafting and prosecution practice in the mechanical and electromechanical arts. Representative technologies with which Rhoades has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications include aeronautical propulsion engines and related control systems, power generation systems, agricultural machinery, locomotive and other industrial machinery, consumer appliances, and window treatments.
  • Rhoades has experience drafting and negotiating agreements involving complex intellectual property issues for large corporate clients, non-profit entities and universities, and individuals. Representative agreements include patent and trademark license agreements, software license and development agreements (including “Software as a Service” agreements), copyright license agreements, intellectual property assignments, collaboration agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Rhoades has experience preparing and prosecuting trademark applications, and conducting contested trademark administrative proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Professional Background:

  • Education: Vanderbilt University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, cum laude 2008); University of South Carolina (J.D., 2012, cum laude).
  • Civic and Community Service: American Bar Association.
  • Honors: Super Lawyers Rising Star; Legal Elite of the Upstate; Articles Editor, South Carolina Law Review; CALI Awards: Income Tax; Wills, Trusts and Estates; Order of the Wig and Robe; Order of the Coif.
  • Publications: “Products Liability Law for Design Defects in South Carolina: The Aftermath of Branham v. Ford Motor Co.,” South Carolina Law Review.