Eliot D. Williams



Palo Alto

P: +1.650.739.7511 F: +1.650.739.7611

Eliot Williams has over a decade of experience as a creative and aggressive advocate for his clients in disputed intellectual property matters, and as a client counselor. He has briefed and 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, prior to relocating to Silicon Valley from the firm’s New York office, he was an adjunct assistant professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where he taught patent litigation. He was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, for the New York Metro area in 2012 and 2013, 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.

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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