Justin Nifong is a founder of NK Patent Law and an experienced Patent Attorney, and is recognized as a preeminent North Carolina Patent Attorney by peers and publications. Mr. Nifong’s practice focuses on patent prosecution before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in foreign countries. Mr. Nifong also renders patentability and clearance opinions, and counsels clients in regards to preparing for intellectual property litigation. Mr. Nifong has experience in United States reexamination and European opposition practice and has represented clients in various intellectual property litigation matters including patent infringement, patent invalidity, patent ownership, trade dress, and trade secret matters.
Practicing as a patent attorney, Mr. Nifong has represented many international companies, universities, and startups across the country. He has worked as outside counsel for a Fortune 10 company, with various venture funds on due diligence matters and intellectual property procurement, with university projects that have received private funding, and with established companies to add value to their intellectual property portfolio. He has managed and created patent portfolios valued in excess of 50 million dollars and been responsible for over 400 issued patents.
Mr. Nifong is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues for entrepreneurial and business organizations and has been published in various publications. Mr. Nifong serves on the board of academic organizations and is involved in the local startup community as an active member and former ambassador with the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and as a volunteer and sponsor at the technology incubator First Flight Venture Center. Additionally, he is a member and accredited investor with Harbright Ventures, a North Carolina based investment group, and is a current investor in multiple startups within the entrepreneurial community. He is admitted before the Federal Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Nifong has been recognized for his achievements as a North Carolina Patent Attorney by his peers as a Legal Elite® in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 for Intellectual Property by Business North Carolina and as a Super Lawyer® for Intellectual Property, Rising Star category in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 by the North Carolina Super Lawyers.