Will Freeman is an intellectual property litigation attorney in Fish & Richardson’s Washington, D.C. office. He specializes in patent litigation with a technical emphasis on medical device and imaging technology patents. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in U.S. District Court and in Section 337 Investigations at the International Trade Commission. He has experience in all major aspects of litigation, from pre-suit diligence through trial.
Will is active in the American Intellectual Property Association, currently serving as the Vice Chair of the New Lawyers’ Committee and the National Operations Director and co-chair of the Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. He was the National Writing Director of the competition from 2017 – 2019.
In his pro bono practice, Will represents clients in immigration court and has helped non-violent drug offenders in federal prison seek clemency through former President Obama’s clemency initiative.
Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, Will was a judicial intern for United States Magistrate Judge John Bryant (M.D. Tenn.), an intern for United States Congressman Jim Cooper (TN), and an intern at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
Will earned his Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2014, where he was an editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. His first year of law school was completed at Duke University School of Law, where he earned the Dean’s Award.
Will graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with honors and with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina in 2011, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a second major in Political Science. He was Captain and team President of the UNC Water Ski and Wakeboard team and was the 2010 Director of USA Waterski’s South Atlantic Conference. He spent the summer of 2009 studying at the London School of Economics.
Vanderbilt University Law School 2014 J.D. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2011 Business Administration and Political Science, B.S. with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
District of Columbia 2020
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts 2015
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2019
U.S. Court of Federal Claims 2019
Memberships & Affiliations
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Vice-Chair, New Lawyers' Committee (2019 – Present)
National Operations Director, Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (2019 – Present)
National Writing Director, Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (2017 – 2019)
Boston Patent Law Association Boston IP Inn of Court
Presenter, A Conversation on Medical Innovation, a joint event sponsored by the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Association and Vanderbilt Medical Innovation Lab (March 26, 2018).
Moderator, “Enforcement of Surgical Methods/Techniques,” a panel presented by the Boston Patent Law Association (Jan. 31, 2018).
United States District Court Cases
Bose Corp. v. Goldstein, No. 1:19-cv-11701-ADB (D. Mass) – secured a permanent injunction for Bose in this trade secret misappropriation case.
Plastipak Packaging, Inc. v. Niagara Bottling, LLC, No. 1:17-cv-01463 (E.D. Va.) – managed the claim construction process for plaintiff Plastipak in this patent infringement lawsuit relating to plastic bottles.
DataTern, Inc. v. MicroStrategy Inc. et al., C.A. Nos. 11-11970, 11-12220, (D. Mass.) – secured an exceptional case finding and award of attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285, after obtaining a pre-trial dismissal with prejudice on behalf of defendant MicroStrategy.
MSC.Software Corporation v. Altair Engineering, Inc. et al., No. 2:07-cv-12807 (E.D. Mich.) – represented defendant Altair during damages expert discovery in this long-running trade secret misappropriation lawsuit.
Smith & Nephew, Inc. and John O. Hayhurst, M.D. v. Arthrex, Inc., C.A. No. 3:08-cv-00714-MO (D. Or.) – secured a settlement shortly before trial on behalf of Smith & Nephew in a long-running patent infringement lawsuit related to arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
The Johns Hopkins University v. Alcon Laboratories, Inc. and Alcon Research, Ltd., C.A. No. 15-525-SLR (D. Del.) – secured a settlement shortly before trial on behalf of plaintiff Johns Hopkins University in a patent infringement lawsuit related to fundamental aspects of modern vitreoretinal surgery.
EveryScape, Inc. v. Adobe Systems, Inc., C.A. No. 10-11597-RGS (D. Mass.) – obtained a jury verdict of invalidity under 35 USC 102 (anticipation) and 35 USC 103 (obviousness) on behalf of Adobe in this patent infringement lawsuit involving photo editing technology.
Section 337 Investigations Before the United States International Trade Commission
In the Matter of Certain Digital Cameras, Software, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1059 – technical lead for one of five asserted patents; case settled favorably after favorable initial determination.
In the Matter of Certain Semiconductor Lithography Systems and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1137 – technical lead for one of three asserted patents; case settled favorably before the evidentiary hearing.