Beard, William

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.

Awards

  • 2014 - 2020 Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Intellectual Property (Thomson Reuters)

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law 1995 - Order of the Lytae, Dean’s List
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University 1992

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Cirucuit
  • U.S. District Courts - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts - Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts - 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

Representative Matters

Halverson Wood Products v. Classified Systems (District of Minnesota) Defending a patent case concerning firewood processing equipment.

Stasher v. Zip Top (Western District of Texas) Defended a patent case concerning silicone containers.

Cameron Int’l Corp v. Nitro Fluids (Southern District of Texas) Asserted a patent case concerning fracturing systems.

Zip Top v. BlueAvocado (Western District of Texas) Asserted declaratory judgment patent and trade secret case concerning silicone containers.

State Farm v. Plano Encryption (Eastern District of Texas and PTAB) Defended a patent case concerning internet encryption technologies.

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.

Symbology Innovations v. State Farm (Eastern District of Texas) Defended a patent case concerning mobile device information presentation technology.

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.