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William L. LaFuze

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LaFuze, William L.


Bill practices in substantially all areas of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent litigation in the electronics, oilfield equipment, the internet, and computer-related fields. In particular Bill has successfully represented computer manufacturers, computer component manufacturers, mobile phone handset manufacturers, software developers, original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, and financial institutions in patent litigation in the district courts and arbitration proceedings, and also cases appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Bill has also served as arbitrator and mediator in several intellectual property cases, having completed the course for lawyers on Arbitration and Mediation at the Harvard Law School. Also, Bill has substantial experience in licensing, IP monetization and IP strategic planning.

Bill has been listed every year since inception as the top Intellectual Property Lawyer in Texas (tied with a few others) in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in intellectual property law, has been listed in Chambers Global for many years (band 2), and has been rated highly in many other similar peer review publications. Bill is a former President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Chair of the Section on Intellectual Property of the American Bar Association, and head or former head of many other national and regional professional associations. Bill currently serves as an officer and council member of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law and is a member of the ABA House of Delegates.

Representative Experience
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  • Representing clients in the smartphone industry involving a wide variety of electronic, computer-related, and telecommunication inventions
  • Representing a major software manufacturer in a patent infringement suit involving software for monitoring and managing distributed computer resources
  • Representing a major vehicle manufacturer in a patent infringement suit involving computer proposals for selling products and parts
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education and Professional Background
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • University of Texas, B.S. Physics with highest honors, 1969 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Southern Methodist University, M.S. Applied Science (Systems Engineering), 1971
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; District of Columbia; United States Patent and Trademark Office; The Supreme Court of the United States; The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other appellate and district federal courts; The Supreme Court of Texas and the state courts of Texas
Professional Recognition
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  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in intellectual property law (Band 1),  2003 -  2014
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business in intellectual property law (Band 2), 2006 - 2014 
  • IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, Patent Litigation, Texas, 2013 and 2014 (Gold Ranking)
Activities and Affiliations
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  • Past Chair, American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • Past President, American Intellectual Property Law Association; Houston Intellectual Property Law Association; National Inventors Hall of Fame; National Council of Patent Law Associations; Houston IP Inn of Court
  • Member, Patent Public Advisory Committee, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, 2002 - 2005 (appointed by the Secretary of Commerce)
Publications and Presentations
  • Contributing Author, Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook, Bloomberg BNA, 2013
  • Lecturer and author of more than 130 articles and presentations dealing with intellectual property law and patent litigation

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The highly experienced William LaFuze is "a pillar of the IP community." - Chambers USA 2010