William L. LaFuze - McKool Smith PC

William L. LaFuze

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991

Bill practices in substantially all areas of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent litigation in the electronics, oilfield equipment, the internet, and computer-related fields. In particular Bill has successfully represented computer manufacturers, computer component manufacturers, mobile phone handset manufacturers, software developers, original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, and financial institutions in patent litigation in the district courts and arbitration proceedings, and also cases appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Bill has also served as arbitrator and mediator in several intellectual property cases, having completed the course for lawyers on Arbitration and Mediation at the Harvard Law School. Also, Bill has substantial experience in licensing, IP monetization and IP strategic planning.

Bill has been listed every year since inception as the top Intellectual Property Lawyer in Texas (tied with a few others) in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in intellectual property law, has been listed in Chambers Global for many years (band 2), and has been rated highly in many other similar peer review publications. Bill is a former President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Chair of the Section on Intellectual Property of the American Bar Association, and head or former head of many other national and regional professional associations. Bill currently serves as an officer and council member of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law and is a member of the ABA House of Delegates.

The University of Texas at AustinSouthern Methodist UniversityMS 1971University of Texas Law School J.D. 1973
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationHouston Intellectual Property Law AssociationAmerican Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property LawHouston Technology CenterHouston Intellectual Property Inn of CourtAmerican Bar AssociationNational Inventors Hall of FamePatent Public Advisory Committee, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, 2002-2005National Council of Patent Law AssociationsPresidential Transition Team for Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office Matters 2000-2001

Case History

Software Manufacturer — Representing a major software manufacturer in a patent infringement suit involving software for monitoring and managing distributed computer resources
Patent Infringement — Representing a major vehicle manufacturer in a patent infringement suit involving computer proposals for selling products and parts
Patent Infringement — Representing a major electronics firm in defending a patent infringement suit in connection with printed circuit board technology
Patent Infringement — Defending a major oilfield service company in patent litigation dealing with drilling technology
Trade Secrets — Representing a worldwide leader of semiconductor devices in a trade secret and employee raiding case against multiple defecting employees
Patent Infringemnt — Defending an energy company from a claim of patent infringement in connection with a directional drilling method patent
Patent Infringement — Defending a manufacturer of touch screens and related equipment from claims of infringement of various touch screen patents
Patent Infringement — Defending a manufacturer of oil tools from a claim of patent infringement in connection with apparatus and methods for monitoring the connection of threaded pipe for oil and gas wells
Breach of Agreement — Defending a client from claims of breach of a patent license agreement
Breach of Contract — Defending a manufacturer of passenger loading bridges from claims of breach of contract, trade dress infringement, and misuse of confidential information
Appeals — Handling several cases on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Markman Hearings — Handling numerous Markman Claim Construction Hearings before various federal district courts

Client Comments

"William LaFuze is a very good individual IP lawyer. He is also very connected in the field."

Office Location

600 Travis Street, Suite 7000
Houston, TX 77002
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Patent