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Wesley Thaddeus Adams, III

W. Thad Adams, III, was born on July 4, 1946, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1968 and from the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Juris Doctor degree in 1971. Adams began his professional practice of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1971 — first with a large firm, then while building his own international IP law firm over a span of more than 30 years. In 2011 Adams, along with other attorneys and staff of Adams Intellectual Property Law, joined the law firm of Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP — where Adams and his team are part of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. Mr. Adams is co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group.

Mr. Adams is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and before the United States Copyright Royalty Arbitration Panel of the Library of Congress. He is also admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America and numerous lower courts.

Mr. Adams has carried an ""AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for many years. In the past several years Mr. Adams has been retained by other patent counsel to evaluate litigation positions and offer expert testimony in several patent infringement cases. Mr. Adams has presented dozens of presentations on patent, trademark and copyright topics before legal, industrial and trade groups.

Mr. Adams is a North Carolina certified mediator, and is a member of the International Trademark Association mediator network, an alternative dispute resolution resource for members of the Association and the general public involved in trademark disputes.


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Editor and Principal Author — Asymptote Review, 1992-2012. Digital issues of Asymptote Review can be accessed from the Patently Different section on this website.


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