Brian C. Ellsworth

Brian C. Ellsworth

Alston & Bird LLP

Recognized since 2016

Charlotte, North Carolina

Practice Areas

Patent Law

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Mr. Ellsworth counsels clients to procure, protect, license and enforce intellectual property rights. Mr. Ellsworth works diligently to understand his client’s business and to leverage that understanding to achieve his client’s intellectual property goals in a turn-key and cost-efficient manner.

Mr. Ellsworth manages extensive domestic and international patent portfolios for several publicly traded companies and provides strategic counseling to a variety of smaller business concerns. He has considerable experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in cutting edge fields such as ecommerce, real-time location, mobile device applications, machine learning, big data, composite technologies, advanced printing technologies and RFID. Mr. Ellsworth also focuses on studying and managing patent risks through in-depth patent analysis, innovative product and process design, prior art studies and licensing.

Mr. Ellsworth is adept at managing an array of transactions involving intellectual property portfolios. Indeed, he has successfully performed due diligence for and negotiated the acquisition of numerous patent portfolios, ranging from a relatively few standard essential patent families to vast portfolios composed of thousands of patent assets.


  • One South at the Plaza, Suite 4000
    101 South Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28280-4000


  • Wake Forest University, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina Bar Association


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association - Member
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association – U.S. Patent Practice Committee - Member

Alston & Bird LLP
Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

227 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

99 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Patent Law


  • Client team leader and strategic counsel to a global leader in online commerce, data analytics, machine learning and mobile application content delivery.
  • Client team leader and strategic counsel to a global innovator in advanced printing, real-time location, active and passive RFID and wireless communication technologies.
  • Strategic counsel to a world technology and manufacturing leader that specializes in aerospace products; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; electronic package cooling; and specialty ballistic composite materials.
  • Lead intellectual property counsel to a world leader in specialty insurance, service contracts and risk management solutions.
  • Counsel to a world leader in mobile communications and mobile phone manufacturing.

Other Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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