ADMISSIONS:

State Bar of Texas

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Courts

Eastern District of Texas

Southern District of Texas


Practices

Intellectual Property Litigation

PTO Administrative Trials

Patent Acquisition

Copyrights

Trademarks


Technologies & Industries:

Oil & Gas

Automotive

Financial Services

Business Method Patents

Medical Device

Consumer Products

Electrical and Computer Technology


Education:

J.D., South Texas College of Law 1995

Order of the Lytae

Dean’s List

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University 1992

R. William Beard, Jr.

Shareholder


William Beard is an Intellectual Property Specialist with two decades of experience in IP litigation, counseling and prosecution.  He defends companies under attack from non-practicing entities and crafts comprehensive strategies to favorably resolve patent and technology disputes between competitors.  His IP experience covers all aspects of protecting, defending and challenging patents, trademarks and trade secrets over a broad range of technologies and industries.


Litigation Experience

CryptoPeak v. State Farm (Eastern District of Texas) Defending a patent case concerning transmission of digital information.

Parallel Separation Innovations v. Schlumberger (Eastern District of Texas) Defended a patent case concerning mud shakers.

Maxim v. State Farm (Western District of Texas and PTAB) Defending a patent case and petitioning for CBM patent review regarding encrypted data transmission.

Traffic Information v. State Farm (District of Oregon and Eastern District of Texas) Defended a patent case concerning traffic data monitoring.

Wolf Run Hollow v. State Farm, Williams-Sonoma, Target, Crate&Barrel and Kohl’s (Northern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Texas) Defended patent cases concerning secure data transmission.

Reshare Commerce v. State Farm (District of Minnesota) Defended patent case concerning retail distribution and compensation.

DietGoal Innovations v. Tyson Foods (Eastern District of Texas) Defended patent case concerning diet analysis, training and planning.

Schlumberger v. Borets Weatherford (Eastern District of Texas) Prosecuted patent case concerning wellbore data transmission.

Network Signatures v. State Farm, Purdue Pharma, Tyson Foods, and Comcast (Central District of California) Defended patent cases concerning internetwork authentication method.

Precision Energy Services v. ThruBit (Southern District of Texas) Defended patent case concerning wellbore logging technologies.

Keranos v. Silicon Storage Tech (Eastern District of Texas) Defending patent case concerning split gate transistor memory cell structure.

Looney Ricks Kiss Architects v. Bryan Construction (Western District of Louisiana) Defended copyright case concerning architectural drawings.


Awards

2014 and 2015 Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Intellectual Property