Phil Summa

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

Phil has extensive experience in all areas of IP law including obtaining formal protection of patents and trademarks, enforcing IP rights, and licensing. During his career, Phil has developed expertise in a number of areas, including microwave-assisted chemistry, wide bandgap semiconductors, light emitting diodes, polyesters and related polymer chemistry, and packaging.


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 recently appeared before the opposition divisions of both the Japan Patent Office and the European Patent Office.

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.

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