Bill has advised Fortune 100 companies to VC funded start-ups on complex intellectual property (IP) issues for more than twenty-five years. His clients represent a broad spectrum of industries including energy, construction, telecommunications, e-commerce, and software. Through his work with general counsel and IP counsel in these industries, Bill has gained a deep understanding of the related technology, particularly software used in the oil and gas industry.
Bill has represented litigants in patent litigation related to software and mechanical devices, trademark and unfair competition litigation, and copyright litigation before numerous federal district courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Bill has also worked closely with both local and FBI law enforcement agencies in matters related to trade secret theft under the Economic Espionage Act.
Bill has handled numerous matters before the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), which include the filing and prosecution of patent and trademark applications and related appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Bill has worked closely with foreign associates to develop and manage worldwide patent and trademark portfolios for clients that strengthen their market position. In addition, he regularly assists clients with leveraging and monetizing their IP through the sale and licensing of their technologies. He has prepared numerous patentability and trademark clearance opinions, and has assisted clients in evaluating patent infringement by rendering invalidity and non-infringement opinions.