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Daily Journal Recognizes Baker Botts Partner Eliot Williams as Top IP Lawyer

Palo Alto, September 11, 2017 – Baker Botts L.L.P., an international law firm, proudly announces that Palo Alto and San Francisco-based Partner Eliot Williams was selected by the Daily Journal for its 2017 list of the “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” in California. The Daily Journal’s annual list of Top IP Lawyers is compiled from hundreds of nominations submitted by lawyers statewide, with the honorees selected by editors based on the impact of their work in intellectual property. 

Mr. Williams is noted for focusing his practice on intellectual property litigation in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The Daily Journal highlights Mr. Williams, a partner in Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property Department, has appeared in over 100 PTAB proceedings. “I stopped counting at 200 patent claims invalidated,” said Mr. Williams.

The Daily Journal featured Mr. Williams’s success with one of those cases before the PTAB panel. In the case he acted as lead counsel defending online streaming service Hulu in a patent dispute against Intertainer Inc. after Intertainer filed suit alleging infringement of two patents related to digital entertainment and programming.

Though Mr. Williams wasn’t involved in the case at the district court level, the Daily Journal notes that he got Intertainer’s patent claims invalidated by the PTAB panel. Mr. Williams again represented Hulu when Intertainer appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and secured an affirmance of the PTAB’s decision by that court.

“We were largely successful in invalidating the patent because we were able to argue that the patentee was bound by the statements they had made when they originally obtained the patent,” stated Mr. Williams.

Mr. Williams has over fifteen years of experience as a creative advocate and practical advisor to his clients. He has experience with disputed Intellectual Property matters, in federal courts throughout the country and in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent Office. He has testified on patent law before the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives and has taught patent litigation as an adjunct assistant professor of law. 


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