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Background

Mr. Woodford is a trial lawyer who specializes in complex patent litigation on behalf of patent owners. Whether working as lead trial counsel, arguing appeals, writing briefs, or conducting due diligence, Mr. Woodford handles all aspects of litigation. He also has experience working in many different technology areas, including electronics, telecommunications, medical devices, and life sciences.

Mr. Woodford’s approach to litigation involves developing a deep understanding of the case at the outset. He then uses that analysis to create the optimal case strategy and streamline discovery to focus on the issues that will have the greatest impact on the outcome of the case. Using this approach, Mr. Woodford has minimized the cost of litigation for his clients while generating positive outcomes, often short of trial.

Mr. Woodford is an elected member of the Fish’s finance committee. He was recently recognized as an Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer.

Education

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


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

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 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)

 

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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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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
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July 10th, 2017 | 7:30 am CDT
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2017 Central Region Meeting
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2017 Central Region Meeting
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Event
February 16th, 2017 | 5:00 pm CST
Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year
Minnesota Lawyer <em>Attorneys of the Year</em>
Speaking Engagement
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
Event
July 20th, 2015 | 8:00 am CDT
AUTM 2015 Central Region Meeting
Speaking Engagement
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
Event
February 19th, 2014
AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting
Sponsorship
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July 27th, 2009 | 8:00 am EDT
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Central Region Meeting
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