Bill is a seasoned IP veteran with two decades of experience in all phases of IP strategy. Throughout his legal career, Bill has served as a subject matter IP expert pioneering new and complex monetization structures, developing successful patent licensing programs, creating winning global patent litigation strategies, and designing strategic portfolio development initiatives.
Most recently, Bill was Vice President of Intellectual Property for the Kudelski Group – a world leader in digital security and convergent media solutions in video, pay television and over the top end-to-end content delivery and content security – where he and Joe Chernesky started the IP licensing function for the Group in 2012, and closed patent licensing deals valued in excess of $250M.
Prior to joining the Kudelski Group, Bill was a Licensing Executive at Intellectual Ventures where he led development and implementation of the operational model and strategic plan for IV’s patent divestiture monetization program.
Bill’s previous experience also includes a 12-year career in private law firm practice at DLA Piper and its predecessor Gray Cary where he represented emerging growth, small-, mid- and large- cap technology clients. While a partner at DLA Piper from 2005 to 2010 Bill’s practice focused on patent litigation matters, for which he was lead counsel. These litigations covered a wide range of technology areas, including electrical systems, telecommunications, Internet technologies, software and user interfaces.
Bill has a BS in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Michigan State University and a JD from Syracuse University. He is a registered patent attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and an active member of the California Bar. He frequently speaks on IP issues at LES and other IP specialist conferences and vigorously supports programs promoting leadership and development opportunities for young IP professionals.