A veteran intellectual property attorney, Bill has experience handling complex intellectual property litigation.
With a background in chemical engineering, Bill possesses an in depth understanding of his clients’ intellectual property assets. He has extensive experience in patent litigation, licensing and prosecution in the areas of polymerase chain reactions (PCRs) used to amplify and detect the presence of targeted genes, Alzheimer’s disease genetics and therapeutics, fluorescent protein and its related genetics, phosphate/phosphite, agrochemistry and glucose test strip technology.
- Lifescan vs. Shasta Technologies, LLC and Conductive Technologies, Inc.
Serve as lead counsel for the defendants in patent infringement case No. 11-cv-04494 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. On November 4, 2013, the Federal Circuit, in a lengthy published opinion, reversed the lower court’s entry of a preliminary injunction and rejected Lifescan’s claim that the defendants' sales of the GenStrip infringed the 105 Patent. The Federal Circuit held that Lifescan’s right to enforce the 105 Patent was exhausted as a matter of law. The entire case is now back before the District Court on the remaining issues in the case.
- Dananberg v. Payless ShoeSource
Successfully defended the national retailer and manufacturer in a massive patent case in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire where the plaintiff sought millions of dollars in damages. Litigation resulted in multiple favorable Markman rulings, and ultimately, summary judgment on all claims.
- Alzheimer’s Institute of America, Inc. v. Mayo Clinic, et al.
Represented the leading nonprofit organization in a licensing and patent dispute involving the “Swedish Mutation,” a genetic mutation related to early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The defendant used cell lines containing the mutation, which was patented by the client, for research purposes. Argued successfully in arbitration proceedings that these cell lines were not included in the scope of the licensing agreement.
- In the Matter of Certain Foam Footwear, Investigation No. 337-TA-567, in the United States International Trade Commission
Represented Collective Licensing International in patent litigation stemming from popular clog-style footwear. Achieved a complete victory in the case, which was brought in 2006 by Crocs and alleged that numerous shoe styles infringed its utility and design patents. The judge exonerated all accused shoes and invalidated one of Crocs’ two principal patents.
- Bath & Body Works, Inc. v. Luzier Personalized Cosmetics, 76 F.3d 743 (6th Cir. 1996)
Served as lead defense counsel in a two-week jury trial before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Obtained a favorable verdict on behalf of the defendant, which was affirmed on appeal.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Bill was chair of the Intellectual Property Division and a member of the Executive Committee at a national law firm, where he assisted in the opening and management of several new offices across the country.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Bill enjoys a range of activities outside his legal practice. In terms of community service, Bill is a former board member of Hillcrest Ministries, which provides housing for homeless individuals. He enjoys sports and music, as both an avid practitioner of martial arts and holds a black belt in Shotokan of America karate and as a guitarist. A resident of a 40-acre horse farm, Bill is a Western-style equestrian. When not engaged in these diverse activities, Bill restores vintage and antique farm tractors.
Honors & Awards
- Named to Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s “IP Stars” (2013-2016)
- Inductee, University of Missouri Academy of Distinguished Chemical Engineers (2013)
- Named among “The Best Lawyers in America” (2008-2017)
- Named to SuperLawyers (2005-2011)
- Named to the BTI Client Service All-Star Team (2005-2007)
- Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics Honorary Societies
- Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell