Bill has mastered the complexities of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings and high-stakes patent litigation. Bill has helped patent owners achieve success in more than 90% of IPRs, compared to the industry average of only 35%. In addition, at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, he also achieved the first complete reversal and remand of an IPR decision against a patent owner. Bill also has over 20 years of experience litigating patent cases, both in district courts throughout the United States and before the International Trade Commission.
Bill handles all types of intellectual property disputes, with a particular emphasis on patent infringement litigation, inter partes reviews, and other matters related to the enforcement of intellectual property rights. He has litigated intellectual property cases in District Courts throughout the United States, including the Eastern District of Virginia, Northern and Southern Districts of California, Eastern District of Texas, District of Massachusetts, District of Delaware, Northern District of Ohio, and Middle District of North Carolina.
With more than 18 years of experience, Bill counsels clients in all phases of patent litigation, from initial counseling through trial and appeal. He has extensive experience leading litigation teams to resolve patent infringement disputes in a diverse array of technology areas such as internet services and systems; computer hardware and software; mobile systems and applications; medical devices and services; biotechnology; mechanical devices and manufacturing; sports equipment; and toys and novelties. In addition, his practice encompasses representing clients in cases involving copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition, and patent-related antitrust issues.
Prior to joining Mintz, Bill was a partner at a national law firm.
- The John Marshall Law School (JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif)
- Tufts University (BS, Mechanical Engineering)
- Represented GE Video Compression in defense of the ‘710 patent which claims improved techniques for using “binary arithmetic coding” to compress data and has been incorporated into leading video compression standards. (HVEC standard essential patent). PTAB denied institution of the petition in August 2019 which was filed in June by Unified Patents. IPR2019-00726
- Successful Defense of 12 IPRs – Three dimensional structure memory - Mintz represented Elm 3DS Innovations in a series of 14 IPRs filed by leading technology companies, including SK Hynix, Micron, and Samsung. We were hired as replacement counsel following institution of the IPRs which had been filed in late 2015 and early 2016. Final Written decisions in 13 of the proceedings were received in June and August 2017 and confirmed validity of all but two challenged claims. PTAB's determination was upheld on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
- Represented ParkerVision in defense of 6 IPR petitions filed against the company's 6,091,940 patent, titled "Method and system for frequency up-conversion". Saved a significant percentage of claims, winning 4 out of 6 IPRs, and the wins were affirmed at the Federal Circuit. (IPR2015-01828, 01829, 01831, 01832, 01833, 01834)
- Victory at CAFC: PTAB Decision Reversed and Remanded - Represented Straight Path IP in successfully appealing to the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit (CAFC) the adverse result of an inter partes review handled by another firm. The IPR decision canceled all challenged claims of Straight Path’s US Patent No. 6,108,704. In the Straight Path IP Group, Inc. v. Sipnet EU SRO appeal, the CAFC for the first time completely reversed an adverse IPR decision, remanding the matter for further proceedings under the correct construction advocated by Mintz and Straight Path.
- Lead attorney for Straight Path in the defense against seventeen inter partes reviews, including petitions filed by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Avaya Inc.; LG Electronics, Inc.; Toshiba Corp.; VIZIO, Inc.; Hulu, LLC; and FedEx
- Certain Graphics Systems, Components Thereof, and Consumer Products Containing the Same (337-TA-1044) - Represented Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as complainant in the ITC asserting patents covering graphics processing technology employed by smart devices such as televisions and handsets. Respondents include LG Electronics, VIZIO, MediaTek, and Sigma Designs, Inc. (SDI). Achieved settlement with LG prior to the conclusion of expert discovery. Following the evidentiary hearing, the presiding ALJ issued an initial determination finding a violation of Section 337 and recommending the imposition of an exclusion order against the remaining Respondents’ accused products. The ITC affirmed the ALJ’s finding of a violation on August 22, 2018. As a result, the Commission issued orders banning the importation of products made by VIZIO, MediaTek, and SDI and cease and desist orders against VIZIO and SDI.
- Certain Computing or Graphics Systems, Components Thereof, and Vehicles Containing Same (337-TA-984) - Represented owner of portfolio of graphics processing and microprocessor patents, Advanced Silicon Technologies, LLC, as Complainant in an ITC investigation adverse to a number of automotive manufacturers, and infotainment system and chip suppliers. Respondents include Honda, Toyota, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, Renesas, Harman International, and Fujitsu-Ten. The investigation instituted in January of 2016 and resolved favorably prior to the conclusion of expert discovery in August of 2016.
Recognition & Awards
- Order of John Marshall; First in graduating class
- Recognized among the 50 most active IPR practitioners by Patexia in its annual survey of IPRs (2018-2020)
- Managing Intellectual Property: Patent Star - Patent Contentious and Patent Office Proceedings - Massachusetts (2019)
- Best Lawyers in America: Patent Litigation (2021)
News & Press
October 15, 2020 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, William Meunier, Monique Winters Macek
May 12, 2020 | Blog | By William Meunier, Daniel Weinger, Vincent Ferraro, Matthew Galica
January 6, 2020 | Blog
PTAB allows Amending Claims on Grounds not raised by Petitioner, but were Addressed by the District Court in its Finding of Indefiniteness
December 10, 2019 | Blog | By William Meunier, Rithika Kulathila
Precedential PTAB Panel Says Petitioners Can Join Their Own Earlier-Filed IPRs and Join New Issues in Limited Circumstance
March 19, 2019 | Blog | By William Meunier, Brad M Scheller, Vincent Ferraro, Rithika Kulathila
PTAB Finds that Allowing IPR Petitioner to Avoid a Statutory Bar by Retroactively Adding Missing Real Party in Interest Is “In the Interest of Justice”
February 8, 2019 | Blog | By William Meunier, Daniel Weinger, Courtney Herndon
October 29, 2018 | Blog | By William Meunier, Daniel Weinger, Matthew Galica
AQUA PRODUCTS: The Federal Circuit Shifts The Burden of Proof On Amending Claims During An IPR From The Patent Owner To The Petitioner
October 5, 2017 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, William Meunier, Michael Newman, Matthew Galica
June 28, 2017 | Blog | By William Meunier, Peter Cuomo
February 27, 2017 | Blog | By William Meunier
News & Press
October 15, 2020
In a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed decisions upholding the validity of nearly a dozen Elm patents on semiconductor technologies that accused infringers challenged at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
The Mintz team representing Elm includes Member and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Division Michael Renaud, Members William Meunier, James Wodarski and Michael Newman, Special Counsel Sandra Badin, and Associates Kevin Amendt and Matthew Galica.