Bill’s practice focuses on intellectual property-based transactions. He has extensive experience negotiating software licenses, patent licenses, technology development agreements, joint development agreements, Internet and content agreements, technology acquisition agreements, strategic alliances and distribution agreements particularly within the context of the Internet, high-tech transactions and e-commerce. He also works on the intellectual property aspects of significant corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions strategic alliances, and technology transfers. In addition to traditional intellectual property counseling, he has extensive expertise in the evolving fields of privacy and Internet law, including counseling clients on all aspects of handling personal information, electronic commerce and content development.
As a licensed patent attorney, Bill’s practice also includes the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications and the counseling clients on patent-related issues and strategies. He routinely prosecutes patents related to software applications, wireless applications, wireless content development systems, content searching algorithms and systems, compression-decompression algorithms and applications and web based business systems. He is involved in all aspects of domestic and foreign trademark prosecution and enforcement. His practice includes matters involving infringing domain names, meta-tags and spam, as well as world-wide prosecution of Web-based trademarks. His experience includes the preparation of trademark clearance opinions, handling numerous domain name disputes under the UDRP and arguing a variety of proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
While in law school, Bill was the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal. He interned at the Texas Supreme Court in the chambers of the Honorable Justice Priscilla Owen and at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the chambers of the Honorable Justice Emilio Garza. He is a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has served as an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He is a member of the Austin Intellectual Property Inn of Court and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D., with Honors
University of St. Thomas, Masters in Business Administration
University of Iowa, B.S., Chemical Engineering
State Bar of Texas
U. S. Patent and Trademark Office
Northern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Bill is a frequent lecturer and instructor on matters relating to intellectual property and technology law.
Austin Intellectual Property Inn of Court
Texas Bar Foundation
American Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association (Sections on Patent, Trademark & Copyright)
State Bar of Texas
Austin Bar Association