Charles has patent litigation experience related to all phases of a case, including formulating case strategy, managing discovery, taking and defending depositions, preparing and opposing motions, and working with industry experts. He has conducted trials and argued numerous hearings, including Markman and summary judgment hearings, before district courts. Charles also has experience in patent portfolio counseling and prosecution, concentrating in the fields of biotechnology, chemical and mechanical, and electrical technologies.
Prior to joining private legal practice, Charles was a judicial intern with the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he handled issues such as the Federal Death Penalty Act, the Federal Torts Claims Act, and civil procedure questions in connection with motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and other dispositive motions. He also served on a U.S. Senate committee conducting legal policy studies on IP and biotechnology. On Capitol Hill, he was involved in the development and presentation of new biotechnology concepts and facilities, and a study of the current framework of biotechnology research and funding. Charles also worked in the state of Iowa's Office of the Governor, where he supported former Governor Thomas J. Vilsack.