William G. Abbatt

Patent Prosecution & Patent Litigation

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With 35+ years of experience as a patent attorney, Bill’s practice involves all aspects of domestic and foreign patent preparation, prosecution and assertion, including dispute resolution. He regularly counsels clients on the development and management of patent portfolios. Bill’s practice includes counselling on how to protect various aspects of inventions and monetize them by sale and licensing. 

Bill has managed intellectual property matters in many technical disciplines including manufacturing, metallurgy, chemistry, medical devices and aeronautics.  His background in industry plus his diverse experience in writing and prosecuting hundreds of patents have enabled Bill to spot the strengths and weaknesses in a patent when a dispute or enforcement issue arises. 

He has an affinity for working with emerging entities whose value can be enhanced by effective intellectual property portfolio creation and management to help his clients’ businesses succeed.  In one case, he introduced two separate clients – a physician and an entrepreneur – and brought them together to develop and protect medical devices to treat patients and enhance the quality of their lives.

Bill is a member of the Federal Bar Association – Eastern District of Michigan Chapter and currently serves as a co-chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section.  He is a former council member of the Aviation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.  Bill is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and a Master of the Bench (American Inns of Court).  Bill also served on the steering committee that formed the Michigan Intellectual Property American Inns of Court Chapter and was its President (2017-18). He was an adjunct professor of patent law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

He has been appointed as an Expert Adviser and Facilitative Mediator in the Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

Outside the office, Bill enjoys flying his Beechcraft Debonair airplane, skiing, playing golf and tennis, working out and travelling to England, his birth place. He and his wife Candyce count Vail Colorado and Ft Lauderdale as favorite haunts.

Organizations and Affiliations

Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court, President (2017-18)

Federal Bar Association (Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section, E.D. Mich. Chapter)

State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Patent Law Association

Adjunct Professor of (Patent) Law, University of Detroit Mercy

Beaumont Health Trustee

Recognitions

“Leading Lawyer,” Leading Lawyer Magazine, 2014-2019

“Top Lawyer,” DBusiness Magazine, 2015-2016, 2020

“IAM Patent 1000 Recommended Individual,” Intellectual Asset Management, 2014-2017

Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2006-2012

Press Releases

    Media Coverage

    Featured, “Ripple effect, British ex-pat attorney looks at impact of ‘Brexit’ on IP laws,” Detroit Legal News, July 2016

    Featured, “2014 Patent 1000,” Intellectual Asset Management, June 2014

    Featured, “IP Stars,” Managing IP, May 2014

    Featured, “Super Lawyers” Michigan Super Lawyers, September 2006

    Publications

    Author, “Can And Should I Patent My Idea For An App?,” June 2017

    Author, “Intersection of Patents and Medicine:  5 Tips to Maximize the Inventor’s Rights,” Medical Design Technology, July 2010

    Co-author, “Protecting the Crown Jewels:  Intangible Company Assets – Patent Protection,” Small Business Association of Michigan, May 2007

    Author, “Bringing Out the Big Gun:  Invoking the Sherman Act in Patent Litigation,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, December 2004

    Author, “Protection of Slogans:  Part of Everyday Speech and Related Issues,” 

    Detroit Legal News, April 2004

    Presentations

    Moderator, “Ex Parte and Inter Partes Patent Appeals Concerning Obviousness – The Intersection of the PTO Practice and the Courts,” Federal Circuit Bar Association, April 2017

    Speaker, “Maximizing Device Patent Scope and Life: Navigating Through the Medical Device Patent Minefield,” American Conference Institute Summit on Medical Device Patents, March 2013

    Speaker, “Protecting Your Patent Ideas as a Doctor,” New Cardiovascular Horizons Conference, June 2011

    Speaker, “Patents and Cardiovascular Medicine:  An Intersection of Practices,” New Cardiovascular Horizons Conference, June 2010

    Speaker, “Intellectual Property Troubleshooting for the Medical Executive,” New Cardiovascular Horizons Conference, June 2010

    Speaker, “Patent Attorneys can be Entrepreneurs too,” EISEM Entrepreneurs Forum, February 2010

    Speaker, “Protecting Your IP Without Bankrupting Your Fledgling Enterprise,” MIT Enterprise Forum, November 2009

    Speaker, “Use of Special Masters in IP Litigation,” Seminar at U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan Judges and Clerks, October 2009

    Speaker, “Strategic Management of Intellectual Property,” Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference, September 2005

    Speaker, “Should I get a Patent?  Why, When and How Successful Businesses Use Patents,” Michigan Tech Enterprise SmartZone, June 2005

    Speaker, “Strategic Management of Intellectual Property,” American Institute of Chemical Engineers Spring National Meeting, April 2004

    Speaker, “Evolution of the Invention from Conception through Patent Prosecution and Patent Grant:  Changes Wrought by the AIPA,” Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference, September 2003

    Education

    J.D., Detroit College of Law, Editor, Law Review

    M.S., Operations research & Production Engineering, University of London, England

    B.S., Metallurgy & Material Sciences, University of London, England

    Admissions

    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan  

    U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan   

    U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit   

    U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit 

    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas   

    Michigan Supreme Court

    U.S. Supreme Court

    United States Patent and Trademark Office 

    Languages

    French, Spanish