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William E. Bradley

Partner

Overview

Clients look to Bill for his rare combination of litigation and prosecution experience. His expansive knowledge of all aspects of intellectual property uniquely positions him to provide clients with a complete range of intellectual property services.  

For nearly 20 years, Bill has litigated patents and other intellectual property rights relating to a wide variety of technologies. He has been involved in more than 75 intellectual property lawsuits in the federal and state courts, courts of appeal, and the International Trade Commission.

 

Bill has drafted more than 100 patent applications and prosecuted countless others for some of the world’s leading companies in consumer goods, automobile manufacturing, technology, and electrical/electronic products manufacturing. His significant experience includes patent appeals, reexaminations, and trademark oppositions and cancellations before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Bill is able to bring his intimate knowledge of patent prosecution into the litigation arena to identify the subtle issues that can make or break a case and use his years of litigation experience to draft and prosecute patents that can withstand the scrutiny of litigation.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Bill spent 20 years at other law firms focusing on intellectual property.

Experience

Precedent-setting appeal

In Corporate Management Advisors, Inc. v. ArtJen Complexus et al., 561 F.3d 1294 (2009), Bill acted as first chair/lead counsel in a successful, precedent-setting appeal regarding the interpretation of 28 U.S.C. 1447(c) .

High-profile patent cases brought by non-practicing entities

In Mission Abstract Data LLC d/b/a Digimedia v. Beasley Broadcasting, Inc. et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130934 (D. Del. Nov. 14, 2011), Bill is first chair for multiple defendants in the broadcasting industry in a patent infringement suit relating to digital music radio broadcasting. He successfully secured a stay of litigation pending outcome of reexamination proceedings, resulting in substantial amendments to the patents.

Patent infringement and unfair competition action

In Channell Commercial Corp. v. Pencell Plastics, Inc. et al., No. 14-CV-00474 ( W.D. Wis., filed Mar. 11, 2014), Bill was lead counsel for defendants in a patent infringement and unfair competition action related to enclosures for underground utilities.

Patent infringement and antitrust action

In Kidde v. Universal Security Instruments v. United Technologies, Bill was lead counsel for the defendant/third party claimant in a patent infringement and antitrust countersuit related to battery-powered smoke detectors. 

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

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