Carl Sanders focuses his practice on intellectual property, particularly patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation. He has prosecution experience in a wide range of technologies, including software, electro-mechanical devices, haptics, medical and surgical devices and simulations, business methods, and distributed computing systems. He has experience with all aspects of prosecution, including application drafting, responding to Office Actions, and addressing more recent rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101 and Alice. He has successfully appealed a substantial number of applications to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Sanders also has litigation experience with a variety of software and electronics-based patents, include database technology, locationing and dispatching systems, cellular technologies, and banking systems. He has also counseled clients regarding software licenses and professional services agreements.

Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend, he worked as a software engineer and developed real-time embedded systems, including remote monitoring, diagnostic systems, and cellular technology.

Mr. Sanders currently serves on the patent local rules advisory committee for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He has been recognized as a North Carolina “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Law in 2016 and the five years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine.


  • Wake Forest University, J.D. (2005)
  • Swarthmore College, B.S., Engineering (1998)
  • Swarthmore College, B.A., Computer Science (1998)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Who We Are

Suite 1400, 4208 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC, 27609
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Winston-Salem, NC, 27101-2400
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Carl E. Sanders

Experience Highlights

Firestar Software Inc. v. Red Hat, Inc., et al.
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of Red Hat, an open-source software company, in a patent infringement suit brought by Firestar related to 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
Patent prosecution for a wireless telecommunications company
Drafted and prosecuted significant number of applications for a prominent wireless telecommunications company in various technologies, including 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