Charles C. Carson

Counsel

Washington, D.C.
T +1.202.861.1771
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Overview

Charles Carson is a trial attorney with more than fifteen years of experience litigating cases with a focus on intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright infringement, as well as complex licensing and contractual disputes. Charles also has experience with international arbitration. He has represented clients in a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, software, electronics, computer networking, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Charles also has held positions with the U.S. federal government, where he served as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice and as a foreign service officer with the Department of State. Charles has lived abroad in the Philippines, Guatemala and Thailand.

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  • Obtained a favorable ruling for a U.K. client in an international arbitration involving fuel cell technology.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a patent infringement suit involving two large competing telecommunication companies.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a client in a patent litigation matter involving on-hold music and messaging technology, successfully upheld on appeal before the Federal Circuit.
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Experience

  • Obtained a favorable ruling for a U.K. client in an international arbitration involving fuel cell technology.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a patent infringement suit involving two large competing telecommunication companies.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a client in a patent litigation matter involving on-hold music and messaging technology, successfully upheld on appeal before the Federal Circuit.
  • Obtained a dismissal in favor of a global telecommunications company in a patent infringement suit involving data packet switching network protocols.
  • Obtained a dismissal in favor of an internet social networking client in a patent infringement suit involving smartphone advertising applications.
  • Represented a multinational disaster relief organization in a jury trial involving allegations of patent infringement for online fundraising. Received a jury verdict in favor of the client on the issue of patent invalidity, which was upheld on appeal before the Federal Circuit.
  • Obtained a summary judgment of noninfringement in the Eastern District of Virginia granted to a global internet portal and search engine company in a patent infringement suit involving online fantasy football. Defended the judgment on appeal before the Federal Circuit.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Abbreviated New Drug Application litigation in the District of Delaware.
  • Represented a social networking client in a trademark infringement suit in the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented a prominent GPS navigational equipment manufacturer in various patent litigation matters.
  • Represented a web portal company in a patent infringement suit in the Eastern District of Virginia involving centralized and instant messaging systems.
  • Represented an Australian biotechnology firm in a patent licensing dispute in the District of Delaware.
  • Represented a television set top box manufacturer in a complex patent litigation suit involving television programming guides in the Western District of North Carolina.
  • Represented a prominent telecommunications company in a complex contractual dispute in the Middle District of Florida.

Recognitions and Memberships

Pro Bono

  • Drafted an amicus brief on behalf of an American philanthropic organization in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court involving the affirmative action practices of the University of Michigan.
  • Obtained asylum in the United States for a prominent reporter who had faced persecution for his efforts to expose political corruption in his home country.

Prior Positions

  • U.S. Department of Justice: Trial Attorney
  • U.S. Department of State: Foreign Service Officer

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 46,603
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Colorado

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • M.A., Biological Sciences, University of Colorado
  • B.S., Biology, Auburn University

Blog

In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit Addresses Printed Publications Under 35 U.S.C. § 102 and the APA Notice Requirement in Inter Partes Reviews
By Charles C. Carson
February 17, 2021
In a precedential opinion, M&K Holdings, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics, Inc. (Fed. Cir. Feb. 1, 2021), the Federal Circuit further clarified the scope of prior art printed publications under 35 U.S.C. § 102. The Federal Circuit affirmed a...
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