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William James

Partner

Washington, D.C.

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William James

Partner

Washington, D.C.

Bill is a patent litigator in the Intellectual Property practice. He has more than 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer representing multinational companies in pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent litigation cases.

His most recent experience includes high stakes biotechnology-related district court, ITC litigation, and arbitration matters. He has significant trial experience for both innovators and generic companies in Hatch-Waxman litigations, including first-to-file cases and multi-defendant ANDA patent challenges. Bill helps companies coordinate on global patent and patent litigation issues.

Bill acts as Lead Counsel in IPR proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and has participated in numerous appeals, including appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He advises pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including animal health companies on freedom-to-operate, due diligence, licensing, and prosecution matters. Bill’s experience coordinating worldwide patent and patent litigation matters includes assisting clients with issues in the U.K., the Netherlands, France, Russia, Israel, Australia, Canada, and Mexico, and in the European Patent Office.

Bill is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Bill has served various firm-management roles.

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Expertise

Practices

Intellectual Property

Sectors

Life Sciences

Office

Washington, D.C.

1101 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
20005

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, 1997

Admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia, 2007

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 2003

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Academic

JD, New York University, School of Law, 1996

D.V.M., Oklahoma State University, 1989

Pro Bono

  • Bill has represented U.S. military veterans in appeals before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 
  • In addition, Bill has assisted green card holders seeking U.S. citizenship.

Awards & accolades

Litigation Star, Intellectual Property, Washington, D.C.

Benchmark Litigation, 2021

IAM Patent 1000

2022

Recognition

Published Work

  • Co-Author, “The Name Game: The Debate Over Naming Follow-on Biologics,” Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (July 2, 2014) 
  • Co-Author, Chapter on U.S. Patent Law, Getting the Deal Through – Patents in 37 Jurisdictions Worldwide – 2014 (May 16, 2014) 
  • Contributor, Guide to Biosimilars Litigation and Regulation in the U.S., 2019-2020, 2021-2022 editions