Sean J. Holder

Counsel

Atlanta
T +1 404.256.8236
F +1 404.459.5734

Overview

Sean Holder is an experienced attorney in the Intellectual Property Group who focuses primarily on domestic and international patent prosecution. He is routinely relied upon for the most complex and deeply technical patent portfolios of the firm. He has a unique and well-rounded background that provides an extra level of creativity and dependability, making him a standout in navigating difficult legal situations.

Sean manages patent portfolios for several large multinational companies and world-class universities. He also serves as lead IP counsel for several small companies and startups. Sean also regularly engages in opinion work, licensing, litigation and other intellectual property and data-related counseling. 

Representative technologies include telecommunications, artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, quantum computing, home security and automation, virtual reality, augmented reality, optics, satellites, nanophotonics, wearable devices and sensing, image analysis, medical devices, medical physics, medical treatment planning and diagnosis, blockchain, FinTech, cloud computing, networking and content delivery, AgriTech, renewable energy technology, wind turbines, semiconductor manufacturing, transistors, memory cells, lighting devices, LIDAR, thin films, big data, avionics, antennas, textiles and a variety of others. Sean has also substantial computer programming experience in over ten programming languages and database technologies.

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  • Managed all phases of domestic and international patent prosecution for multiple large media, telecommunication and network services companies, including technologies related to network protocols and infrastructure, content delivery, transcoding, load balancing, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain, user interfaces, social media, digital video recording and many other technologies.
  • Managed all phases of domestic and international patent prosecution for a complex portfolio of cases in the field of premises automation and security.
  • Drafted, prosecuted and performed opinion work for world-class universities and companies in the field of physics-related medical devices for scanning, treatment, object recognition and complex image analysis.
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Experience

  • Managed all phases of domestic and international patent prosecution for multiple large media, telecommunication and network services companies, including technologies related to network protocols and infrastructure, content delivery, transcoding, load balancing, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain, user interfaces, social media, digital video recording and many other technologies.
  • Managed all phases of domestic and international patent prosecution for a complex portfolio of cases in the field of premises automation and security.
  • Drafted, prosecuted and performed opinion work for world-class universities and companies in the field of physics-related medical devices for scanning, treatment, object recognition and complex image analysis.
  • Drafted and prosecuted optics-related patent applications in the field of satellite communication.
  • Drafted optics-related patent applications in field of smart contact lenses.
  • Managed domestic and international prosecution for a company providing augmented reality technology for surgery.
  • Drafted, prosecuted and performed prior art searches for a portfolio of cases for a world-class university in the optics-related field of nanophotonics.
  • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications for a world-class university in the field of quantum computing.
  • Performed substantial opinion work for a large power company in the field electrical circuits related to renewable energy.
  • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the field of wearables for a large chemical company and a startup, including touch sensors, triboloelectric sensing, heart rate monitoring and sweat monitoring.
  • Prosecuted applications and performed opinion work for a university related to smart fabrics and other technologies.
  • Provided litigation support in litigation related to network security analysis.
  • Provided patent counseling for a startup company that developed an innovative use of sound waves.
  • Managed and counseled a client for an international and domestic patent family related to agricultural forecasting.
  • Prosecuted patent applications and provided counseling to a company that provides tools for complex data analysis.
  • Drafted and prosecuted semiconductor patent applications for a large international company and several universities, including transistors, memory cells and light emitting diodes based on phase change memory, topological insulators and other nano-level features.
  • Prosecuted financial-related patent applications for several large and small companies, including a credit card company, a card transaction processor, loan company, a debt collection company and an investment analysis company.
  • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications related to avionics for a shipping company.
  • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications and drafted agreements for a university, including technologies related to weather forecasting, tax assessment, antenna arrays and related signal processing, sensor networks and sound devices.
  • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications for a university related to validation of chip circuitry and novel approaches to chip design processes to prevent unauthorized introduction of malware, chip recycling and reverse engineering.
  • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications related to bioinformatics for a pharmaceutical company.
  • Researched and drafted a freedom to operate opinion related to the buyout of a lighting company.
  • Researched and drafted invalidity opinions for a variety of technologies.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2021)
    • “Ones to Watch” Georgia: Litigation - Patent
    • "Ones to Watch" Georgia: Patent Law

Memberships

  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Georgia Tech Bar Association
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Georgia PATENTS, Advisory Board

Community

  • Boy Scouts
  • TI:GER: Legal Mentor

Pro Bono

  • Served on the Advisory Board and provided legal assistance to the Georgia PATENTS program.  

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 65,893
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2012
  • B.S., Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011, summa cum laude
  • B.A., Philosophy, Brigham Young University, 2007