Charles (Chuck) Warner


  • Juris Doctor, Vanderbilt University
  • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Mississippi State University


  • Georgia State Bar
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • U.S. Patent Office
  • IEEE

Chuck Warner is an attorney in Lee & Hayes’ Atlanta office and practices U.S. and international patent and trademark law. Chuck provides patent and trademark preparation and prosecution services and client counseling services such as: creation and management of an intellectual property portfolio; opinions on patentability, patent validity, and infringement; preparation and negotiation of licenses; legal and technical assistance in patent litigation matters; due diligence investigations for mergers and acquisitions; and education of client personnel on the legal, financial, and practical aspects of intellectual property. Chuck has provided presentations to clients (including engineering personnel) regarding what patents and trademark registrations are (and are not), what can be patented, what can be registered as a trademark or service mark, which inventions or trademarks may be (or may not be) worth protecting, how to read patent claims (and which ones not to bother reading), when to think about the need for a legal review of a competitor’s patent, how to determine whether a competitor’s product likely infringes the client’s patent, determining whether to spend the money to file patent and trademark applications in countries other than the U.S., and in which countries, and which patents and trademarks to keep alive once they have been issued. Chuck works with individuals and corporate entities and has obtained numerous U.S. and foreign patents and trademarks for his clients.

He has been technical and/or legal consultant or strategist in numerous patent litigation matters, such as: j2 Global v. Easylink Services; Ice House America v. Innovative Packaging Technologies; Honeywell International v. United States; Applied Films v. Galileo Vacuum Systems; Great Plains Laboratory v. Metametrix Clinical Laboratory; Instantel v. RF Technologies; Advanced Interactive Systems v. Firearms Training Systems; Melita v. Intervoice; Melita v. Teledirect; and Davox v. Melita.

Chuck is a co-inventor on several patents assigned to clients and is also the sole inventor on one patent for an invention of his own. Chuck has represented clients for inventions in a wide variety of areas such as electrical, electronic, electromechanical, mechanical, computer, software, and industrial processes. The clients’ inventions include, for example: Data Encryption, Erasure Coding, and Recovery Systems; Instantiation, Placement, and Migration of Virtual Systems; Advanced Detection of Persistent Malware; Display of Search Results on Small Screen Devices; Memory Controllers; Data Analysis Systems; Connectors for Electronic Devices; Heat-Resistant Magnetic Connectors; Electronic Connectors with Reduced Crosstalk; Puzzle-Based Customer Interaction System; Electronic Signature Processing System; Forgotten Attachment Detector for Email Systems; Identification of Host-Compatible Downloadable Applications; Robotic Gantry Bridge for Farming; User-Wearable Music Vibration System; Snag-Resistant Fish Hook; Downdraft Gasification System; Fiber Optic Systems; Aircraft Systems; Data Storage Systems; Renewable Energy; On-Line Charitable Donations; Personal Medical Accessories; Wireless Telephone Systems; Communications Systems; Land-Based Telephone And Switching Systems; Tackling Dummy; Business Methods And Automated Customer Service, Calling And Information Retrieval Systems; High Speed, High Power Battery Charging Systems; Videoconferencing Systems; Robotic and Electronic Welding Systems; Communications, Control, and Handshaking Protocols, Modems, and Phase Locking; Memory Controllers; Color Copiers; High-Vacuum Film Coating Machines; and Night Vision Systems.

Chuck was a practicing engineer for nine years before leaving for law school. He worked as an engineer or project manager in radar systems, communications systems, target sensing, target identification, target location, target tracking, electronic countermeasures and counter-countermeasures, shipbuilding, and paper processing. He also worked in construction in high school and as chief engineer (and a DJ) at an AM-FM radio station while in college.

Chuck is a former registered professional engineer in MS and FL, has a First-Class Radiotelephone License with a Ship Radar Endorsement, is a ham radio operator, and is an Eagle Scout. Chuck was on the planning and budgeting committee of a church, was an assistant leader for a Cub Scout den, and was the medical form organization and compliance officer for a Boy Scout troop. Chuck has both fostered and adopted children.