Phil Summa


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501 West John Street,
Matthews, NC 28105



Phil Summa has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, patent enforcement and infringement defense; trademark prosecution, enforcement and infringement defense; patent, trademark, and copyright litigation; trade secrets, unfair competition, and licensing.

A substantial portion of Phil’s practice is devoted to advising businesses on the protection and enforcement of their valuable IP assets.

Phil has acted as both attorney and as a testifying expert witness in several US patent cases, and has appeared before the opposition divisions of both the Japan Patent Office and the European Patent Office.

Prior to establishing Summa PLLC, Phil was a partner at Parsons Summa, the founder of the law firm that became Summa, Addition & Ashe P.A., and an associate, director and shareholder at Bell Seltzer Park & Gibson.

Before attending law school, Phil taught high school chemistry and physics, and coached football, wrestling, and tennis.

Phil and his wife, attorney Mary Potter Summa, are the parents of five children. They live in Charlotte, and enjoy spending as much time as possible in western North Carolina near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here Phil describes a favorite hike.

Phil has extensive experience in all areas of IP law including:

  • Patent Prosecution, Enforcement, and Infringement Defense
  • Trademark Prosecution, Analysis, Enforcement, and Infringement Defense
  • IP Litigation
  • Copyrights
  • Trade secrets
  • Unfair Competition
  • Licensing
  • American Bar Association
  • INTA
  • LES
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Board of Governors 2005-2008
    • Past Chair–Intellectual Property Section
  • Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, 2003 -2007
  • Morrison Family YMCA at Ballantyne
    • Executive Committee (Past)
    • Past Member, Board of Managers
    • Past Chair;
    • George Williams Award (2009)
  • College of Sciences Foundation at North Carolina State University, Board of Directors, 2008-2016
    • “Super Lawyer”®, 2006-2020
    • “NC Top 100″®, 2007
    • “Best Lawyers”®, 2008-2020
    • “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, 1998
    • Business North Carolina Legal Elite Hall of Fame (Intellectual Property), 2007
    • Medal of Achievement NCSU PAMS, 2007
    • George Williams Award, Morrison Branch YMCA, 2009
    • Yale School of Management, Certificate in Accelerated Management, 2019