R. Trevor Carter



Trevor Carter has litigated complex patent and other intellectual property matters for more than two decades in courts across the United States. Working closely with his team and clients, he has achieved successful results for clients in federal district courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Trevor is active in the patent litigation community through board and committee work, speaking and writing. He is a member of the executive committee and co-program chair for the S. Jay Plager Intellectual Property American Inn of Court and, since 2007, has been a member of the Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Trevor has been a contributing author to the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Newsletter since 2004 and has also served on IP advisory boards for Law360 and Patent Strategy & Management.

Related Industries


Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. summa cum laude, Indiana Law Review (associate editor) (1995)

Purdue University
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1991)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Advanced Patent Law
    Guest Lecturer, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2017, 2019
  • Federal Court Civil Intellectual Property Litigation
    USPTO China IP Road Show: At the Crossroads of America: Strategies for Intellectual Property in China, October 2017
  • Recent Trends in Patent Litigation and PTAB IPR Practice
    IU IP Spring Symposium: Recent Trends and New Challenges in IP Law, March 2017
  • Coordinating Patent Litigation and IPRs
    ICLEF Advanced Issues in Patent Litigation Seminar, July 2016
  • Patents at the Supreme Court: What Practitioners Need to Know
    Panelist, Indianapolis Bar Association Seminar, August 2015
  • Developments in Intellectual Property Law: October 1, 2013—September 30, 2014
    Co-author with Leslie Prill and Trenton Morton, 48 Ind. L. Rev. 1349, 2015
  • The Supreme Court and Seven IP Decisions in 2014
    Panelist, IU McKinney School of Law, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Innovation, Indianapolis, September 2014
  • Updates in Software Patent Litigation
    Co-author, The Computer & Internet Lawyer, May 2014
  • How Uncertainty in Patent Law Impacts Litigation Strategy For In-House and Outside Counsel
    Midwest Intellectual Property Summit, Indianapolis, November 2013
  • American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Newsletter
    Contributing author, 2004-present


Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • S. Jay Plager Intellectual Property American Inn of Court — Executive Committee and Co-Program Chair, 2018-present 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana — Local Rules Committee, 2007-present
  • Law360 — Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board, 2010
  • ALM (American Lawyer Media) — Patent Strategy & Management, Law Journal Newsletter, Advisory Board, 2007-09
  • American Bar Association — Patent Litigation Committee and Patent Local Rules Subcommittee Co-Chair, 2006
  • Indiana Health Industry Forum — Entrepreneurial Assistance Committee, 2001-04


  • Chambers USA — Indiana, Intellectual Property, 2019-23
  • Managing Intellectual Property — "IP Star," 2013-22
  • Best Lawyers®— Intellectual Property Litigation, 2010-24 (Lawyer of the Year - Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2024); Patent Litigation, 2012-24 (Lawyer of the Year - Patent Litigation, 2015, 2020, 2024)
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Intellectual Property Litigation, 2011-22
  • Intern — The Honorable John D. Tinder, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1994
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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