William LaMarca

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USPTO, Office of the Solicitor

Special Counsel for Intellectual Property Litigation

Bill joined the Solicitor’s Office in 1999. Bill has appeared in a wide array of actions, litigating a spectrum of issues spanning specific patent, trademark and copyright questions to broader issues of jurisdiction, procedure, and administrative law. Bill also works with the Office of Solicitor General, the Appellate Staff of the Department of Justice, and other executive components to assist the government in briefing intellectual property issues before the United States Supreme Court and other appellate courts. In addition, Bill served on a rotational assignment as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia where he was lead prosecutor on numerous criminal bench trials.

Beyond litigation, Bill advises the agency on domestic and international IP matters, e.g., legislation, rule-making, agency decisions and policy. Previously, Bill worked in private practice concentrating in intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling, served several years as an examiner, and worked for a bankruptcy judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Prior to law school, Bill worked for the Boeing Airplane Company as an experimental flight test/design engineer, was licensed as a Professional Engineer, and since 1995 served as a United States Naval Officer (Reserve EDO).

Bill holds an L.L.M. in Patent & IP Law from The George Washington University Law School, a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and advanced degrees in electrical engineering (Virginia Tech) and mechanical engineering (Toledo). Bill also teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center (2014-present) and as a Guest Lecturer in Patent Law at the University of Washington Law School-CASRIP Institute (2008-present).

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October 14, 2016
Morning Session 2: The Current State of the Law Under 35 U.S.C. § 102, 103 and 112