Alexis N. Simpson

Associate

Atlanta
Business Phone: 404.885.3098
Business Fax: 404.885.3900

alexis.simpson@troutman.com

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As a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, Alexis Simpson helps her clients implement strategies that maximize the value of their patent portfolios. While Alexis primarily focuses on client counseling in the patent prosecution/opinion/due diligence arenas, her broad range of experience with litigation, pre-litigation counseling, trademark prosecution, and design patent prosecution allows her to see the big picture and work with clients to develop a comprehensive IP strategy. Whether building a utility patent portfolio (domestic and abroad), adding layers of trademark and/or design patent protection, analyzing a competitive landscape, or setting up defensive/offensive litigation strategies, clients benefit from Alexis’s understanding of how patent acquisition and enforcement enhances their long-term business goals. Alexis places a high priority on communication and client service, and strives to be the first call her clients make when they are in need.

Alexis has represented clients in a variety of matters varying from patent prosecution and counseling to litigation. She represented a specialty paper company in litigation at the International Trade Commission involving the importation of reduced ignition proclivity cigarette papers by a number of the company’s competitors, wherein a successful settlement agreement was negotiated for the client. Additionally, she was involved in pre-litigation counseling a for a major branded pharmaceutical company in which she analyzed a portfolio of patents covering an anticipated blockbuster drug on the brink of FDA approval. She has counseled a multi-national polymer company in ensuring a subsection of its patent portfolio was in peak condition to facilitate its sale, and has counseled an industry-leading clothing company client to strategically develop its patent portfolio.

Her extensive advocacy and teaching background allows her to simplify complex issues, think on her feet, and reach consensus among a broad range of viewpoints. Alexis has been consistently recognized over the last decade for her leadership and team contributions. She has a track record of successfully leading a variety of organizations (e.g., state-wide, law school, undergraduate, professionally, etc.). Additionally, from very early in her career, Alexis has sought out and received the opportunity for intensive oral advocacy. For instance, Alexis argued at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit before a panel of Federal Circuit judges in her third year in law school, receiving high accolades and invaluable exposure that few junior attorneys have experienced.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • Maximizing Value Through Mindful Prosecution, CLE (2014).
  • Design Patent Considerations in the Software Arena, Industry Presentation (2014).
  • Design Patent Considerations in the University Setting, University Presentation (2014).
  • Design Patent Prosecution Basics, Industry Presentation (2012).

Publications

  • Thomas L. Irving, Lauren L. Stevens, Scott M.K. Lee, & Alexis N. Simpson, The Evolution of Intent: A Review of Patent Law Cases Invoking the Doctrine of Inequitable Conduct from Precision to Exergen, 35 U. Dayton L. Rev. 303 (2010).
  • Alexis N. Simpson, The Monster in the Closet: Declawing the Inequitable Conduct Beast in the Attorney-Client Privilege Arena, Note, 23 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 1077 (2007).
  • Stephen Schaetzel & Alexis Simpson, CAFC: You Can’t Stop the VILLAGE PEOPLE Marks for Fraud or Abandonment, World Trademark Review (2012).
  • Stephen Schaetzel & Alexis Simpson, Apple’s Music Icon Is Denied Registration, World Trademark Review (2012).
  • Alexis N. Simpson & Andrew Jones, Peach Sheet® on H.B. 1281: Water Legislation, 25 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 117 (2008) (coauthor).
  • Assistant to Donald Dunner, A Retrospective of the Federal Circuit’s First 25 Years, IPL Newsletter, Vol. 25, No. 4: Summer 2007.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Atlanta IP American Inn of Court, Associate, 2010–present
  • Logan E. Bleckley Inn of Court, Pupil, 2008–2009
  • AIPLA Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition Southeast Regional Director, 2015
  • AIPLA Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition Problem Statement Writer, 2010–2012 and Rules Interpreter, 2012–2013
  • Pro Bono Involvement with Veterans Appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Educational Neglect Cases for Truancy Intervention Project, and Mediating Landlord-Tenant Disputes for Fulton County Municipal Court

Rankings and Recognition

  • Ranked in top 5 students (top 3%) at Georgia State University College of Law, receiving Merit Awards for outstanding performance in Litigation, Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Research, Writing and Advocacy (I & II), Constitutional Law II, Property Law (I & II), and Law and the Internet.
  • National Finalist in the Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition and Irving Marcus Award winner, arguing patent exhaustion issues arising from Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. (U.S. 2008) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in front of Judges Sharon Prost, Kimberly A. Moore, Raymond C. Clevenger III; Overall Champion and Best Appellant Brief winner in Southern Regional.
  • Law Review Student Writing Editor for the Georgia State University Law Review; selected twice for publication.
  • ALI-ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award Recipient, awarded to one law student per year by GSU faculty.
  • While earning her undergraduate degree, Alexis worked on a senior design team for Intel®, designing a Silicon Wafer Regeneration Facility including a fully equipped Ultra-Pure Water System and Cleanroom. Alexis was awarded 2nd Place for Engineering Excellence by Intel® for the design, and was voted most contributing team member twice in a row by her peers.
  • Recipient of the Georgia State University Intellectual Property Scholarship, and the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation Scholarship, awarded for superior ability in the area of litigation and advocacy.
  • Outer Barristers Guild Award Winner

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2014-present
  • Associate, Meunier, Carlin, and Curfman, 2012-2014
  • Associate, Student Associate, and Summer Associate, Finnegan, 2007-2012

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Education

  • Georgia State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office