William (Bill) D. McSpadden

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

William McSpadden is a Chambers-recognized lawyer whose practice encompasses all aspects of patent law: litigation, prosecution, opinions, and portfolio counseling. Mr. McSpadden has litigated numerous cases, most of which have been in the Eastern District of Texas. He has prepared and prosecuted many patent applications, and has counseled clients on international portfolio management. He has also prepared legal opinions regarding patent infringement, validity, and enforceability issues.

Practice Focus

Mr. McSpadden has worked with a wide variety of technologies including welding equipment, medical devices, computer software, semiconductors, telecommunications, and financial systems. He has also conducted worldwide intellectual property due diligence for business transactions. Most of his patent cases have been in the Eastern District of Texas, but he has also handled cases in Delaware, the Northern District of Texas, the International Trade Commission, and many other jurisdictions. He has also worked on Inter Partes Review and Covered Business Method Review procedures at the Patent Office.

Representative Legal Matters

Mr. McSpadden has had a significant role in the litigation of several patent cases, including the following:

  • Prosecuting a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern Distric of Texas related to welding power supplies. The case is currently pending.
  • Defended a financial software company in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas related to the processing of images of paper checks. The case has been stayed pending Patent Office review.
  • Prosecuted a patent infringement case in the Northern District of Texas related to orthopedic medical devices. The case settled on favorable terms.
  • Defended a banking institution in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas related to the processing of images of paper checks. The case settled on favorable terms.
  • Defended a banking institution in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas related to the conversion of checks into ACH transactions. The case settled on favorable terms.
  • Defended a trucking and logistics company in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas related to intermodal shipping containers. The case was dismissed with prejudice.
  • Defended a banking institution in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas related to restrictions on checking account transactions. The case settled on favorable terms.
  • Defended a wireless telecommunications company in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas related to prepaid wireless telecommunications services. The case settled on favorable terms prior to trial.
  • Defended a wireless telecommunications company in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Arkansas related to picture and video messaging services. The case was dismissed, with prejudice, after receiving favorable claim construction rulings.
  • Defended a wireless telecommunications company in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Western District of Wisconsin related to contacts synchronization software. The case settled prior to claim construction on favorable terms.

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Professional Honors

  • Texas Super Lawyers® - Intellectual Property (2013)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association - Member
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Member
  • Chambers & Partners - Intellectual Property Attorneys in Texas - Recognized 2009-2016

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit~United States (1999)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas~United States (1998)
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office~United States (1998)
  • Texas~United States (1997)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas~United States (1997)

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center (J.D.) (1997)
  • University of Texas at Austin (B.S.E.E.) (1992)

Languages

  • English