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Background

William Woodford is a trial lawyer who specializes in high-stakes patent litigation. He has successfully represented both patent owners and accused infringers in courts throughout the United States. Mr. Woodford has experience with a wide variety of technologies, including electronics, telecommunications, and life sciences. His approach to litigation involves a deep understanding and focus on his clients’ business goals, the patented technology, and the key legal issues in the case. This approach leads to an efficient use of client resources and often resolves cases short of trial.

Mr. Woodford has worked extensively with academic and research institutions to enforce their patents. He has developed successful strategies to resolve infringement disputes without the need for litigation.  He also advises clients on portfolio management, patenting strategies, and various other intellectual property matters.

Mr. Woodford is an elected member of the Fish’s finance committee. He has also managed the firm’s alternative fee practice since 2007.  Mr. Woodford is a frequent speaker on the topics of patent litigation and licensing. He has been named a Minnesota Super Lawyer since 2012 and recognized as an "Up & Coming Lawyer" by Minnesota Lawyer.

Education

J.D., University of Minnesota Law School 2002
cum laude


B.S., Marquette University 1998
Electrical Engineering
cum laude

Other Distinctions

Awards

Minnesota Super Lawyer (2014-2015)
Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012-2013)
Minnesota Lawyer "Up & Coming Lawyer" (2012)

Speaking Examples

"Getting More Bang for Your IP Buck," Minnesota Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Conference (June 20, 2013)
"Protecting Your Intellectual Property," CRDF Global Commercialization Pathfinder Bootcamp, Kazan, Russia (April 22, 2013)
"U.S. Patent Litigation," Ural Federal University Regional Conference, Ekaterinberg, Russia (September 25-26, 2012)
"Turning Inventions Into Profits," Czech Medical Chamber Conference, Prague, Czech Republic (December 1-2, 2011)

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June 13, 2016
Fish & Richardson Wins Major U.S. Supreme Court Victory for Halo Electronics in Patent Suit Over Enhanced Damages
Press Release
Fish Litigation Blog
March 24, 2015
Five Ways Your Lawyers Can Save You Money in Litigation
Five Ways Your Lawyers Can Save You Money in Litigation
Author: William R. Woodford
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
February 23, 2015
The Innovation Act's Joinder Provision Will Impact Universities and Start-Ups Far More than Companies that Back "Troll" Suits
The Innovation Act's Joinder Provision Will Impact Universities and Start-Ups Far More than Companies that Back
Author: William R. Woodford
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
February 5, 2015
Patent Reform Is Officially Back
Patent Reform Is Officially Back
Author: William R. Woodford
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
June 14, 2016
Enhanced Damages in Patent Cases to Depend on All Relevant Circumstances for "Egregious" Behavior
Enhanced Damages in Patent Cases to Depend on All Relevant Circumstances for
Authors: William R. Woodford, John A. Dragseth
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
March 3, 2015
An Overview of the STRONG Patents Act Recently Introduced in the Senate
An Overview of the STRONG Patents Act Recently Introduced in the Senate
Author: William R. Woodford
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
February 18, 2015
Will the Innovation Act Really Lead to More Fee Shifting and Greater Predictability?
Will the Innovation Act Really Lead to More Fee Shifting and Greater Predictability?
Author: William R. Woodford
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
February 12, 2015
The House Judiciary Committee Examines Recent Supreme Court Cases and their Impact on Patent Reform
The House Judiciary Committee Examines Recent Supreme Court Cases and their Impact on Patent Reform
Author: William R. Woodford
IP Litigation
Fish Litigation Blog
February 10, 2015
The Innovation Act's Pleading Requirements Will Do More Harm than Good
The Innovation Act's Pleading Requirements Will Do More Harm than Good
Author: William R. Woodford
IP Litigation
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June 20, 2013
Halo Wins Injunction In Pulse Transformer IP Suit
Press Releases
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November 27, 2012
Fish Wins Jury Verdict for HALO Electronics in Patent Suit
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July 13, 2012
William R. Woodford Named 2012 “Up & Coming” Lawyer
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