Director of TI:GER and Professor in Practice
Areas of Expertise
Intellectual Property Licensing, Intellectual Property Strategy, Patent Law, Patent Litigation & Prosecution
Nicole N. Morris is a member of the faculty at Emory University School of Law. She is a Professor in Practice and Director of the TI:GER program (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results), an innovative partnership between Emory and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) that brings together graduate students in law, business, science and engineering to work on ways to take innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace. As a Professor in Practice, her areas of expertise include patent law, patent litigation, patent prosecution, IP licensing, and strategy.
Prior to joining the Emory faculty, Professor Morris was the former Managing Patent Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. While at The Coca-Cola Company, Nicole was responsible for the development and implementation of the Company’s global patent strategy and providing day-to-day advice & counseling to business stakeholders, including freedom-to-operate and competitive assessments and counseling concerning IP related agreements.
Professor Morris has over ten years of experience practicing patent law in large and mid-sized law firms and has represented clients in patent and trademark litigation matters, as well as patent prosecution matters. Professor Morris also worked as an engineer for six years with 3M and Eli Lilly and has over twenty years of experience working with consumer products and technology commercialization.
Professor Morris is a frequent speaker on patent law topics including patent prosecution, patent litigation, IP licensing, and the role of corporate counsel in patent transactions. She is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Atlanta IP Inn of Court, Atlanta Bar Association, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (Board Member), and serves as Treasurer of the Minority In-House Counsel Association. In 2013, Professor Morris was awarded the 2013 Rising Star Corporate Counsel Award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle and featured in the August 2013 issue of Corporate Counsel magazine.
Professor Morris is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice in the states of Georgia, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and in the District of Columbia.
Education: JD, University of Minnesota; MS, Chemistry, University of Michigan; BS, Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University.
Obviousness Doctrine Post-KSR: Friend or Foe?, IP Desk Reference, with Steven Gardner (2009)
Patent Litigation Prefiling Considerations: Strategies & Tactics, Patent Resources Group, with Jeffrey D. Gram (2006)
Innovation Enterprise IP Strategy Conference, Invited Speaker, “IP Strategy & Patent Reform – Protecting Your IP in a Global Market” (June 2014)
McDermott, Will & Emery IP Symposium, Panelist, “Professional Responsibility in IP litigation, Prosecution & Transactions – Applicable Rules” (June 2013)
Foley & Lardner IP Conference, Panelist, “Models for Innovation – A View from the Trenches” (October 2012)
IP Protection in China, Invited Speaker (March 2012)
Georgia State Corporate IP Institute, Panelist, “How to Show Value in Your IP” (November 2011)
Moderator, State Bar of Georgia CLE Program – “Litigating IP Cases in Fast Track Jurisdictions” (2009)