Patent litigation, patent portfolio and IP risk management and IP counseling
Eliot Williams has over a decade of experience as an Intellectual Property litigator and client counselor. He has argued numerous Markman
(claim construction), preliminary injunction and summary judgment hearings in patent cases around the country; has jury trial experience, including examining and cross-examining technical and expert witnesses; and has briefed and argued appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has exclusive jurisdiction over appeals from all patent trials around the country. Mr. Williams holds a B.S. (magna cum laude
, with university honors) degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a J.D. (cum laude
) from New York University School of Law.
Mr. Williams has testified on patent law before the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives and is an adjunct assistant professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches patent litigation. He was recently named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, and was recognized by The Legal 500 in 2010 and 2011 as having “100% strength in all aspects” of patent litigation and as a “very strong business partner” with his clients.
In addition to his extensive IP litigation and trial experience, Mr. Williams also regularly assists clients seeking to protect their R&D investments by working with those clients to secure patent protection for their inventions, and advises clients regarding third party patent assertions, IP portfolio licensing, IP aspects of transactions (including mergers & acquisitions) and open source software issues.
IP Litigation Matters
- Red Bend Software Inc. v. Google Inc. (United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; Federal Circuit Court of Appeals) – representing market leader in mobile software management in patent infringement suit against Google related to technology used to update Google’s Chrome web browser.
- Every Penny Counts v. American Express Company et al. (United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 563 F.3d 1378 (2009)) – defense of MasterCard International Incorporated in a patent infringement suit involving point-of-sale automatic savings systems; case was dismissed after MasterCard and other defendants successfully obtained from the District Court a construction of the claims that precluded a finding of infringement; successfully represented MasterCard on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
- Kara Technology Incorporated v. Stamps.com Inc. (United States District Court for the Central District of California; Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 582 F. 3d 1341 (2009)) – argued appeal and obtained reversal of unfavorable jury verdict and unfavorable summary judgment ruling while representing company founded by the inventor of PC-based postage in a patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secret suit against Stamps.com.
- Privasys, Inc. v. MasterCard International Inc. and MasterCard International Inc. v. Privasys, Inc. (United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of California) – representation of MasterCard in defense against allegations of trade secret misappropriation and misnaming of patent inventorship involving contactless payment device security techniques.
- Honeywell International Inc. v. Renesas Technology Corp. (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas) – representation of Renesas Technology Corp. and Renesas Technology America Inc. in a patent infringement suit relating to LCD display driver technology; case settled on favorable terms after Baker Botts filed a motion to dismiss the complaint based on unconstitutionality of the Patent Act as applied to foreign manufacturing activity.
- Lexar Media, Inc. v. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. (United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas and the Northern District of California) – defense of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. (now Fujifilm USA) against allegations of infringement of patents involving flash memory systems used in digital still cameras; settled on favorable terms prior to jury selection after Baker Botts successfully moved to transfer the case from the Eastern District of Texas
- Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. v. Lexar Media, Inc. (United States District Court for the Northern District of California) – representation of patentee in an infringement suit against a flash memory system manufacturer.
- Acacia Media Technologies Corp. v. On Command Corp. (United States District Court for the Central District of California) – representation of On Command Corporation in a patent infringement action involving transmission of compressed audio/video signals.
- MasterCard International Inc. et al. v. Lexcel Solutions Inc. (United States District Court for the District of Arizona) – representation of MasterCard in a declaratory judgment action against owner of a patent related to automated software testing products; case settled on favorable terms after a claim construction hearing
- Pitney Bowes Inc. v. Xerox Corp. et al. (United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut and the Eastern District of Kentucky) – representation of plaintiff in a patent infringement suit against a printer manufacturer relating to enhancement of laser printing resolution; case settled during discovery on favorable terms.
- Taylor et al. v. IBM et al. and Taylor v. MasterCard International Inc. (United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas and United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit) – representation of MasterCard International in defending against allegations of patent and copyright infringement related to prepaid card programs; Baker Botts prevailed in having the cases dismissed by the District Court and successfully defended the dismissal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which awarded attorneys’ fees against plaintiff.
- ACTV Inc. v. The Walt Disney Company (United States District Court for the Southern District of New York) – representation of plaintiff in a patent infringement suit against broadcast/cable networks over interactive television patents.
- Kaczmarek v. International Business Machines Corporation (United States District Court for the Southern District of New York) – representation of IBM in defense of a putative consumer class action suit involving civil claims under the RICO and Magnuson-Moss Warranty Acts relating to allegedly defective modem/sound card used in personal computers
- In re Nine West Shoes Litigation (United States District Court for the Southern District of New York) – representation of company accused of minimum resale price maintenance against private litigants and multiple state attorneys general acting in parens patriae capacity under the antitrust laws
- Brown & Williamson v. Philip Morris (Middle District of North Carolina) – representation of Brown & Williamson as plaintiff in an antitrust action against Philip Morris involving claims of attempted monopolization of the retail cigarette market
Transactional/IP Consulting Matters
- Fortune 250 company – counsel regarding patent issues in asset acquisition involving business method patent and patent applications
- Various clients – negotiation of patent licenses and settlement agreements resolving numerous IP litigation matters
- MasterCard International Inc. – counsel regarding patent portfolio management, patent prosecution and IP risk management
- Verizon Communications Inc. et al. – counsel regarding a large portfolio of patents related to computer-telephone integration
- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide – counsel regarding various patent and IP issues
- Columbia University – prosecution of patents involving various technologies
- State University of New York – prosecution of patents involving various technologies
- Wave Systems Corp. – prosecution of patents related to secure communications and content distribution
Publications, Speeches and Presentations
- Panelist, “Navigating the America Invents Act - What Your Company Needs to Know Now to Manage Changes to the Patent Laws,” Baker Botts Seminar, September 2012
- Panelist, “Patent Reform Update: The America Invents Act,” Baker Botts IP Law Roundtable, November 2011
- “Proving Direct Infringement of Software and Business Method Patent Claims Involving Multiple Actors,” IPO Articles and Reports, June 2009
- “Antitrust and IP Pitfalls Associated With Participation in Standard Setting Bodies,” The AIPLA Antitrust News, October 2007
- “Protection of Inventions Disclosed in Pending Patent Applications,”Baker Botts IP Report, October 2002
- “Sharing Information While Maintaining the Attorney-Client Privilege in Patent Matters,” Baker Botts IP Report, October 2001