Alton Hornsby prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He also advises clients on patent portfolio management and provides non-infringement, invalidity and patentability analyses.
Alton counsels clients across a wide range of technological areas, including electrical systems, mechanical devices, computer hardware and software, computer networks, medical devices and telecommunication systems.
Prior to joining Sutherland, Alton served as senior counsel for an intellectual property firm in Atlanta. His previous experience includes working as a patent examiner for the USPTO and as an engineer at an international telecommunications company. Alton is registered to practice before the USPTO.
Awards and Rankings
Selected for inclusion among The National Black Lawyers
“Top 100” in Intellectual Property (2015)
Named to Lawyers of Color
“Hot List” (2014)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, National Bar Association
Member, Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court
Member, National Society of Black Engineers
Member, Intellectual Property Law Advisory Board, Georgia State University College of Law
Practices / IndustriesIntellectual PropertyPatentsComputers, Software & ElectronicsMedical DevicesMechanical Engineering
J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, Member, Moot Court Board
B.E.E., Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit