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.
Digital Crimes: Bill leads cloud service and brand abuse investigations and enforcement actions. Representative actions include:
- disrupting the distribution of malicious applications that expose cloud service users to invasions of privacy;
- disrupting online marketplace abuses, including scams designed to phish sensitive information; and
- taking down botnets that cybercriminals use to control malware infected computers.
Bill also counsels clients on ways to use big data and software enhanced investigation techniques to identify cyber abuses and take proactive measures to neutralize them.
Intellectual Property: Bill leads the defense of patent infringement suits involving a broad spectrum of technologies. Recent representative cases include:
- StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. v. Duo Security, Inc.: Defend Duo Security from claims of infringement related to two-factor authentication.
- StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. v. PhoneFactor, Inc.: Defend PhoneFactor from claims of infringement. Case settled after claim construction.
- Uniloc v. Microsoft Corporation: Defend Microsoft from claims of infringement related to online communications systems. Case settled prior to claim construction.
Bill develops litigation strategies to bring critical issues to light early in a case and drive resolutions that deliver favorable outcomes for his clients. Bill is also experienced in the use of inter partes review as an adjunct to litigation proceedings. In addition, Bill counsels clients on pre-litigation threats and intellectual property licensing.
In-house Counsel Experience: Prior to joining Shook, Bill spent more than a decade as in-house counsel at Microsoft. In his initial role, Bill led a team that defended patent conflicts, licensed patents, oversaw the prosecution of strategic portfolios and pursued secondary patent market transactions. When Microsoft expanded into the international standards arena, Bill was given the opportunity to lead an international team of attorneys and engineers that established intellectual property provisions and technical specification in standards bodies. He counseled business groups on the impact of open source and open standards on future product strategies.
As the lead of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, Bill used his intellectual property skills in a non-traditional role, protecting Microsoft’s cloud properties and their customers. He oversaw legal actions against cybercriminals infiltrating Microsoft’s platforms and the deployment of an industry standard technology for identifying and eliminating child pornography images from cloud accounts. Bill finished his career at Microsoft as a member of Microsoft’s Patent Litigation Group, where he was responsible for all aspects of a docket of cases involving flagship Microsoft products.
Teaching: Bill guest lectures at the University of Washington on patents, licensing, standards, and cybercrime. He taught IP Licensing Law as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law from 2007 through 2011.
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.