Coby S. Nixon

Partner

Atlanta, Georgia

Coby Nixon is chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. For nearly twenty years, Mr. Nixon’s practice has focused primarily on patent infringement litigation.

Serving as first-chair in many IP cases, Mr. Nixon has repeatedly delivered favorable results for his clients in the courtroom. He has argued successfully on appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit and at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board, won oral arguments at hearings on various motions in district court including motions to dismiss and motions for preliminary injunction, and obtained favorable rulings through argument at numerous Markman (claim construction) hearings.

Mr. Nixon’s practice is national in scope. He has litigated matters in all the popular patent courts such as Delaware, California, Texas, and New Jersey, in district courts throughout the country, including New York, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee to name a few, in post-grant proceedings such as inter partes reviews (IPRs) before the USPTO, and in the International Trade Commission.

Mr. Nixon’s experience before the judges in the Northern District of Georgia is particularly deep, having served as lead or local counsel in over 50 IP cases in the district. If you consider only the cases where both sides made an appearance, Mr. Nixon has been selected to represent clients in about 15 percent of all patent infringement cases filed in the district since 2016.

An engineer by training and lifelong student of science and technology, Mr. Nixon enjoys being entrusted to handle complex IP disputes for his clients. He is committed to providing efficient, high-quality representation that focuses on what matters most for his clients and what aligns with their business goals and interests.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Nixon practiced at an Am Law 50 firm based in Atlanta.

Affiliations

  • Atlanta Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Member, 2007-present
  • Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Volunteer, 2010-present; Member of Speakers Bureau, 2013-2017, Member of Junior Board of Directors (“AB67”), 2017-2021
  • Member of Speakers Bureau, 2013-present, Member of Junior Board of Directors (“AB67”), 2017-present
  • Atlanta Pro Bono Roundtable, Taylor English Representative, 2015-present
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Volunteer Lawyer for the Domestic Violence Program, the Saturday Lawyer Program (Taylor English coordinator), and the Standing With Our Neighbors Program, 2012-present
  • Federal Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Chair, 2019-2020, Treasurer, 2017-2018, Secretary, 2015-2017, Member, 2015-present
  • Patent Litigation Committee, Chair, 2016, Member, 2015-present
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, Member, 2019–present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Section, Member, 2003-present
  • Patent Committee, Member, 2013-present

Recognitions

  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2009, 2011-2012
  • Georgia Trend‘s Legal Elite, Intellectual Property, 2021

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail

Education

  • The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2003
  • Mercer University, BSE, Biomedical Engineering, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Courts

  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

INSIGHT

Not So Fast: Questions of Fact May Preclude Early Patent-Eligibility Determinations Under Section 101

2018

In an article published in the Spring 2018 Newsletter of the Federal Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, I discuss two…

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Northern Ga. May Be Popular Patent Venue Post-TC Heartland

2018

Coby Nixon and Seth Trimble predict the Northern District of Georgia to rise as a patent venue post the TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group…

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(More) Change in the Patent System

2017

In an article published in the August 1, 2017 edition of the American Bar Association Preview, Kelly Casey Mullally and Coby S. Nixon…

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