Carl W. Battle is Senior Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline, a UK-based global pharmaceutical company. He has responsibility for procuring and managing GSK’s patent portfolio and, with respect to patents, providing strategic direction and guidance for GSK’s global business and research operations. He has responsibility for patent litigation and licensing support worldwide, and heads the global patents executive team. He also serves on GSK’s Scientific Review Board, Technology Investment Board and Legal Management Team.
He held previous positions as Sr. Vice President at Elan Pharmaceuticals; Vice President, Global Intellectual Property at Pharmacia Corp.; Vice President-Patents at Schering-Plough Corp.; Senior Director –Patent & Trademark Affairs at Novartis Corp.; and Corporate Patent Counsel for Warner-Lambert Co. and Rohm and Haas Co.
He began his legal career in Akron, Ohio as a corporate attorney for B.F. Goodrich Co. and an adjunct law professor at the University of Akron School of Law. He attended Dartmouth College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry/economics in 1976. He received a Juris Doctor degree (with honors) in 1982 from the Delaware Law School of Widener University in Wilmington, Delaware. He pursued post-graduate studies in patent and trade regulation law at George Washington University, National Law Center in Washington, DC.
He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Third Ciruit, U.S. District Courts in New Jersey and Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
He enjoys the blend of technology, business, and law he gets from his corporate career, but he has diverse interests in the areas of publishing, real estate, consumer protection, entrepreneurship, and community affairs. He has written several self-help legal and business books published by Allworth Press.
Carl is involved in a number of professional associations where he has served as President of the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association and as a Director with the American Intellectual Property Law Association Scholarship Fund.