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Background

William Woodford is an innovative trial lawyer who specializes in high-stakes patent cases. He has led numerous trials, hearings, and appeals in cases involving a broad range of cutting-edge technologies in the physical, engineering, and life sciences. Mr. Woodford is known for his ability to break down complex legal theories and technologies in a clear, compelling way for judges and juries.

Most recently, Mr. Woodford obtained a $31.2 million jury verdict as lead trial counsel in a patent infringement case involving tire pressure monitoring systems. He was also a member of the trial team that obtained a $235 million jury verdict for infringement of a patent involving methods of treating heart failure patients. Mr. Woodford has also been recognized for his appellate work on behalf of his client, Halo Electronics. After obtaining a willful infringement verdict and a permanent injunction, he led Halo’s appeal to the Supreme Court and set a new standard for enhanced damages in patent cases.

In addition to his courtroom success, Mr. Woodford is a leader in creative fee arrangements and strategies that minimize the overall cost of litigation. He co-founded Fish’s alternative fee group and has been a trusted leader in this practice for over 15 years. Mr. Woodford is known for quickly identifying the core issues in a case and then building a strategy focused on resolving those issues favorably and efficiently. His client-centric approach maximizes resources and often generates positive outcomes short of trial.

Mr. Woodford has clients around the world, including academic and research institutions throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to litigation, he also advises clients on inter partes reviews (IPRs), patent licensing, patent portfolio management, and effective patenting strategies for commercialization.

Mr. Woodford has been named Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer and received the “Case of the Year” award from Managing Intellectual Property. He has also served as an elected member of the Fish’s finance committee for nearly a decade.

Education

University of Minnesota Law School 2002
J.D.


Marquette University 1998
Electrical Engineering, B.S.

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Other Distinctions

Awards

Case of the Year, Managing Intellectual Property (2017)
Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer (2016)
Minnesota Super Lawyer (2014-2015)
Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012-2013)
Minnesota Lawyer “Up & Coming Lawyer” (2012)

Recognition

Named to “The Best Lawyers in America” list by The Best Lawyers in America© (2021).

Named in Law360, “Law360‘s Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs” (February 20, 2020).

Experience

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February 18, 2020
Fish & Richardson Wins Over $31 Million for Wasica and BlueArc in Long-Running Patent Dispute
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March 29, 2017
Fish & Richardson Wins “Case of the Year” Award and “U.S. Specialty IP Firm of the Year” Award by Managing Intellectual Property
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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
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July 29th, 2019
AUTM 2019 Central Region Meeting
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July 9th, 2018 | 8:00 am CDT
Association of University Technology Managers 2018 Central Region Meeting
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July 10th, 2017 | 7:30 am CDT
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2017 Central Region Meeting
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February 16th, 2017 | 5:00 pm CST
Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year
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Fish Litigation Blog
June 14, 2016
Enhanced Damages in Patent Cases to Depend on All Relevant Circumstances for "Egregious" Behavior
Authors: William R. Woodford, John A. Dragseth
IP Litigation
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July 20th, 2015 | 8:00 am CDT
AUTM 2015 Central Region Meeting
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February 19th, 2014
AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting
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April 22nd, 2013
Protecting Your Intellectual Property
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July 27th, 2009 | 8:00 am EDT
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Central Region Meeting
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