Bill's practice focuses on intellectual property and cybersecurity litigation and counseling. He strives to provide clients with solutions that protect their ability to innovate and deliver high-quality products and services to their customers. Before joining Shook in December 2014, Bill served as Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation for over a decade in patent litigation, digital crimes, global standards, and intellectual property.

Patent Litigation: Bill led the defense of patent infringement suits involving a broad spectrum of technologies. Recent representative cases include:

  • InterDigital v. Microsoft Mobile Oy, et al.: InterDigital filed multiple patent infringement actions in the International Trade Commission and Federal District Court, based on allegations that 3G and 4G technology in Lumina phones infringe three families of standard essential patents.
  • Mirror Worlds Technologies v. Microsoft Corporation, et al. (Eastern District of Texas): Mirror Worlds filed patent infringement claims against Microsoft and a number of Microsoft’s OEM customers based on the Windows operating system.
  • IPLearn v. Microsoft Corporation (Northern District of California): IPLearn alleged patent infringement based on the Kinect and Xbox gaming system. Microsoft petitioned for inter partes review.
  • Secure Web Conference Corporation v. Microsoft Corporation (Eastern District of New York): Secure Web filed patent infringement claims directed to Skype and Lync communications software.
  • PersonalWeb Technologies v. Microsoft Corporation (Eastern District of Texas): PersonalWeb alleged infringement of seven patents, based on Windows, Bing and multiple cloud services. Case settled after claim construction.
Digital Crimes: Bill led a team of attorneys, investigators and engineers to pursue cutting-edge legal remedies and security technologies that protect customers and online services. Representative initiatives include:
  • Global deployment of Microsoft’s PhotoDNA image matching technology to law enforcement and private online service providers to identify and rescue victims depicted in child pornography images online.
  • Investigation and take down of botnets that control millions of malware-infected computers. Representative botnets include Zeus, Kelihos, and Nitol.
  • Licensing a cloud-based botnet threat intelligence service that identifies computers infected with botnet malware so that governments and Internet service providers can clean infected computers and protect their infrastructure.
Global Standards: Bill led an international team of standards officers, attorneys and engineers to deliver technology standards in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Team members participated in the development of intellectual property terms, scope of work documents and standards specifications in formal standards bodies and industry consortia, including ISO, ITU and W3C.

Intellectual Property and Licensing: Bill led a team of attorneys, patent agents and paralegals handling all patent aspects of inbound and outbound licenses and infringement assertions. The team delivered design around guidance, reexamination of adverse patent portfolios, and procurement of patent rights through licensing and acquisition.

Bill taught IP Licensing Law as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law from 2007 through 2011. He also guest lectured at the University of Washington, School of Law on patents, licensing and standards.


From the Bench to the Bar: What it Takes to Defend and Win an Intellectual Property Case, International Association of Defense Counsel’s Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 9, 2015.