Bill Atkins has been lead counsel in over 100 intellectual property litigations during his 20+ years with the firm. He is a trial attorney and a registered patent attorney who has experience winning jury verdicts and decisions on both sides of the courtroom. He particularly enjoys working on complex IP problems involving patent, trademarks, and/or other IP issues in court, in the ITC or PTO, or before filing. He has just finished a 300 page book on procedure at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as well as the Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook, both of which are being published shortly.
Some of his victories include:
- Getting a state university professor and lab assistant added as co-inventors on NIH’s cancer drug patents on Velcade®, a drug which have had annual worldwide sales of $2B+;
- Winning a three-week jury trial for a Swedish client who was sued for $200M+ for patent infringement and other related allegations; getting it affirmed at the Federal Circuit; getting awarded and collecting attorney’s fees and costs of $1.2M+. The District Court's decision stated "Defendant's counsel could not have achieved a better result for their client," and that his trial team's "time records in this case . . . were all reasonable and reasonably necessary for [the Swedish company] to defend this case."
- Federal Circuit win reversing a district court's summary judgment finding of non-infringement on five patents owned and asserted by a very small company;
- After a major Chinese competitor sued our U.S. client for patent infringement in DC, countersued in the Eastern District of Virginia (the "Rocket Docket"). Won a three-week jury trial for our client and also won summary judgment of non-infringement in the DC case against opponent; and
- Representing the inventor of the Taxol® formulation process (a university professor) and separately a co-inventor of a follow-on drug to Allegra® (fexofenadine), which was a post-doc researcher.
He has extensive experience in patent, trademark, trade secret, Lanham Act, unfair competition and copyright matters. Mr. Atkins has been in trial and appellate courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), arbitrations, mediations, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office many times. Mr. Atkins takes pride in creating the best and most economical solution for each client's situation, from both a legal and business perspective; whether the client is large or small and the IP at issue is a patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, or something else.
He has been the President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2005-2006) and that Bar's Foundation (2007-2009). He has been a member of the ABA's House of Delegates, and chaired many bar committees.
Mr. Atkins is a member of Pillsbury’s Managing Board and has held many other positions within Pillsbury since he joined the firm in 1992.
- Chambers USA, Intellectual Property—Virginia (2007-2015)
- Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law (6 years)
- LexisNexis, AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer (2013)
- Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-2014)
- Super Lawyers (2006-2009; 2011-2013)
Bar Association of the District of Columbia, District of Columbia Bar, Maryland Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, American Bar Association, Giles S. Rich Inns of Court, The Barrister's Club of Washington, DC, Litigation Counsel of America
U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Federal, District of Columbia, and Armed Forces Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Maryland, District of Columbia, the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, and various other districts; International Trade Commission
Editor-in-Chief, University of Baltimore Law Forum