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Jeff Karmilovich is an intellectual property attorney with experience in numerous fields. He is a registered patent attorney. His clients include local companies and multinational corporations.
Jeff works with clients to identify and protect their intellectual property assets. He has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent, trademark and copyright applications in the United States and worldwide. He has helped companies set up employee intellectual property assignment, confidentiality and invention disclosure tracking systems. He has also negotiated and drafted licenses and other technology and trademark transfer agreements for clients.
Jeff also assists clients during product development to avoid conflicts with the intellectual property rights of third parties. His experience shows that informed decision making about intellectual property issues – before introducing new products – minimizes risks of capital, business relationships and business interruption. Jeff has prepared right-to-practice, non-infringement and invalidity opinions with regard to third-party patents and trademarks.
Jeff also audits company intellectual property portfolios in connection with merger and acquisition activities. He has prepared due diligence studies on behalf of buyers and sellers in such transactions. He has assisted in negotiating the terms of such agreements and in preparing the subsidiary agreements and schedules needed to close the transactions.
Jeff has also experience litigating patent, copyright and trademark issues in federal court. He has completed pre-litigation studies, prepared pleadings, conducted document discovery, taken and defended depositions, and appeared in court.
Jeff clients’ technologies have included complex machinery, conveying and accumulating systems, robotics, optics, automotive and commercial vehicle components, telephony, micro-actuators, gas and electric home and garden appliances and vacuums, medical and surgical devices, woodworking machinery and tools, gas turbines and components, home appliances and components.
Jeff received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Clemson University in 1987 and a law degree from George Washington University in 1991. He previously worked for intellectual property law firms in Washington, DC, from 1991-96, and in Greenville, SC, from 1996-2016. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and South Carolina, and has been admitted to practice before several federal district and appellate courts.
Jeff is married with two sons, both Clemson engineering students. In his free time, he and his wife Amy enjoy hiking, gardening and live music. He owns several guitars but can’t really play them. Jeff also enjoys cycling, slower than most everyone else, in the foothills of Upstate South Carolina and North Carolina. He can be found at the twice-yearly Albino Skunk Music Festival, in Greer, SC, where he assists with publicity, talent booking, and managing a charity bike ride.