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AkinsDohertyI am a trial and patent attorney whose practice focuses on all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and intellectual property licensing. I prepare and prosecute patent applications relating to chemical compositions, biotechnology, business methods, and mechanical devices. I also practice in areas of civil litigation and complex litigation.

I feel very comfortable in the courtroom, and I am not afraid to take a case to trial when necessary. Although many clients would rather settle a case and avoid the stress of trial, sometimes going to trial is the only way to get justice or fair compensation for your damages. I am prepared to use every arsenal to legally bludgeon the opposition during litigation.

An astute lover of technology, I received a BS in Chemistry from Columbus State University and, upon graduating, worked at the NASA Space Medicine and Life Sciences Research Center at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where I researched the relationship between Vitamin D and salt-sensitivity. I also worked at the biochemistry department at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where my research centered on identifying biomarkers that can be used to identify HIV patients who are predisposed to developing accelerated end-stage renal disease. During law school, I was a member of the moot court board and competed in the 2011 Jerome Prince Evidence Competition in New York and in the 2009 Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Tournament in Arkansas, where I was a finalist.

I am a named inventor in a US patent for the method for determining salt-sensitive persons and a named inventor in a US patent application for a method for detecting HIV-related proteins in urine. My chemistry, scientific, and legal experience shape my approach to legal issues, which helps me obtain favorable outcomes for my clients. When I am not working, I enjoy playing pool, playing soccer, exercising, and attending art shows. I am preparing to make my debut as a stand-up comedian.

EDUCATION:
University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, J.D.
Columbus State University, B.S., Chemistry

BAR ADMISSIONS:
State Bar of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
United States Patent and Trademark Office

COURT ADMISSIONS:
State Bar of Georgia
Georgia Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

PATENTS:
Method for Identifying Salt-Sensitive Persons (U.S. Patent # 7,888,000; European Patent # EP1534075)

Detection of HIV-related Proteins in Urine (2010/0086956; patent pending)

PUBLICATIONS:
Thierry-Palmer, M., Doherty, A., Bayorh, M.A., and Griffin, K. Dahl salt-sensitive rats excrete 25-hydroxyvitamin D into urine. Journal of Nutrition. 133:187-190, 2003.

Thierry-Palmer, M., Cephas, S., Sayavongsa, P., Doherty, A., and Arnaud, S.B. Dahl salt-sensitive rats develop hypovitaminosis D and hyperparathyroidism when fed a standard diet. Journal of the International Bone and Mineral Society. 36: 645-653, 2005.

MEMBERSHIPS:
Intellectual Property Division of the State Bar of Georgia
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia
Dekalb Bar Association