Ernest B. Lipscomb, III

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Office: 843.577.9800

Email: elipscomb@rplfirm.com

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A native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Ernest B. “Lip” Lipscomb, III has been practicing law for over 45 years. He is the author of the seminal eleven-volume treatise in the patent field, Lipscomb’s Walker on Patents, author of Lipscomb’s Patent Claims and has testified as an expert witness in patent cases. He formerly served as an adjunct professor, teaching patent law, at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mr. Lipscomb practices law in the areas of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Mr. Lipscomb is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the New York Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel and Carolinas Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of Mississippi, his Juris Doctor at the University of Mississippi and his Master of Laws (LL.M.), Patent and Trademark Registration Law at George Washington University.  Mr. Lipscomb is admitted before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, all South Carolina Courts, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Western District of North Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Lipscomb previously practiced as a partner with law firm of Alston and Bird in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a concentration in chemical, pharmaceutical and medical device patents. He has more than 20 years experience as in house intellectual property counsel for major corporations such as Westvaco, Revlon Inc., and Rorer Group, Inc. In addition, he has served as an Examiner in the United States Patent Office.

Mr. Lipscomb has a preeminent (formerly referred to as AV) Martindale-Hubbell rating, representing the highest level of professional excellence. He is recognized by both Best Lawyers of America and Super Lawyers for his work in trademarks, patents and intellectual property law. In 2015, the South Carolina Bar Foundation honored him as a member of the Nifty Fifty Class and in 2017 he was listed as a Lowcountry Legal Elite attorney in the areas of intellectual property and innovation by Charleston Business Magazine.
Mr. Lipscomb is a member of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church and the Historic Charleston Foundation.