Alton Absher III is a member of the firm’s Patent Litigation Team. He focuses his practice in patent litigation, licensing, and proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and International Trade Commission. He has significant experience in all phases of litigation, including trials and appeals. Mr. Absher practices in a wide range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, smartphones, and telecommunications standards.

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.

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Alton L. Absher III

Experience Highlights

Sky Technologies LLC v. Microsoft Corporation et al.
Represented Manhattan Associates in a patent infringement litigation in the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiff asserted a patent related to more
Intellectual Ventures v. Motorola Mobility LLC
Defending Motorola Mobility LLC in the District of Delaware. Intellectual Ventures filed a patent infringement action against Motorola accusing more
Inter partes review for Nissan
Representing Nissan in IPR of U.S. Patent No. 6,549,130. The ‘130 patent relates to remotely controlling a vehicle.
Nissan North America Inc. 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