Alton Absher focuses his practice on patent litigation, as well as patent preparation and prosecution and technology transactions. He practices in a wide range of technologies, including software, computer peripheral devices and control methods, network security, e-commerce, telecommunications and electronics. Mr. Absher also has significant experience with patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Absher was a Unix Systems Engineer for Lowe's Companies, Inc. While with Lowe's, he engineered integrated hardware and software solutions for approximately 1,000 retail locations and designed, tested and implemented a security system that involved customizing open-source software. He also wrote low-level software to interface numerous peripheral devices with point-of-sale systems and was a member of a team that developed a Linux point-of-sale system. While at Wake Forest University, Mr. Absher was a recipient of the Law Faculty Scholarship.

Mr. Absher has been recognized as a 2013 "Legal Elite" by Business North Carolina magazine in the area of Intellectual Property Law. He has also been named a North Carolina "Rising Star" in 2017 and the four years immediately preceding for Intellectual Property Law by Super Lawyers magazine.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, IP Litigation Committee, Young Lawyers Subcommittee, Co-Chair (2009-2012)

American Bar Association, IP Litigation Committee, Patent Law Subcommittee, Co-Chair (2012-Present)

North Carolina Bar Association, Co-Editor of IP Links Newsletter (2010-2012)

North Carolina Bar Association, IP Section Council, Member (2012-Present)

North Carolina Museum of Natural Resources, Advisory Council, Member (2014-Present)

Wake Forest Law Review, Managing Editor (2006-2007)


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (2007)
    cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville, B.S., Computer Science (2000)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (2007)


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2011)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (2008)
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (2007)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2007)

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Taking ownership and doing everything in my power to obtain the best possible result for the client.

1001 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-2400
t +1 336.607.7307
f +1 336.734.2755

Alton L. Absher III

Experience Highlights

Open Text v. Alfresco
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of Alfresco Software in a lawsuit involving allegations of patent infringement related to content more
Patent infringement suit for a large financial institution
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of a large financial institution in a patent infringement suit filed by a financial institution services more
DataTreasury Corp. v. Wachovia Corp., et al. and DataTreasury Corp. v. Wells Fargo & Co., et al.
Lead counsel for Wachovia Bank, Branch Banking & Trust Company, M&T Bank and Comerica Bank against DataTreasury in patent infringement more
Akamai Technologies Inc. et al v. Limelight Networks Inc.
Representing amicus curiae The Financial Services Roundtable in pending appeal involving the proper standard for direct patent infringement more