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William P. Dani

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  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2197

    f. 616.752.2500

Biography

Bill Dani counsels clients on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret and copyright matters. Bill's clients, which range from individuals and privately-held corporations to government-run research laboratories and corporations with sales in the billions, appreciate his deep understanding of how intellectual property can be used most effectively in a wide range of business environments and technology landscapes. He's experienced in developing tailored strategies for intellectual property rights and for managing intellectual property portfolios.

Bill has extensive experience in licensing, joint ventures, collaborations, mergers, acquisitions and other multiple-party interactions involving intellectual property. Bill has worked on a wide range of contracts involving intellectual property, such as development agreements, joint venture agreements, licensing agreements, supply agreements, purchase agreements and other technology procurement agreements.

He's experienced in all aspects of patent law, including assessing the patentability of inventions, preparing and prosecuting utility and design patent applications and evaluating patent infringement and patent validity issues. He has worked with mechanical, electrical, electro-mechanical and computer-related patents in a wide range of fields such as automotive components, consumer goods, furniture, electronics, control systems, HVAC, manufacturing equipment and software systems.

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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School J.D. 1993
  • Michigan Technological University B.S. 1990 Computer Science magna cum laude

Admitted

  • 1993, Michigan
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Intellectual Property Law Section, Past Chair; Patent Committee, Past Chair; Past Council Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Experience

  • Drafted and negotiated a variety of intellectual property agreements, including license agreements, joint development agreements, supply agreements, employee agreements, confidentiality agreements and technology procurement agreements
  • Lead outside intellectual property counsel to companies of various sizes, ranging from small family-owned businesses to large corporations, including one with more than $10 billion in annual sales
  • Coordinated international patent portfolio directed to complex electrical technology with more than 700 patents and applications
  • Developed corporate-wide intellectual property strategy and related policies for large international corporation
  • Coordinated patent prosecution for large international portfolio of design patents and design registrations
  • Conducted patent clearance work and patentability assessments in the U.S. and abroad for a wide range of mechanical and electrical inventions

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014-Present
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014

Publications

  • The Patent Leadership Conference: Top Partners on Best Practices & Winning Legal Strategies for Managing Patent Portfolios

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Michigan Patent Law Association
  • Michigan Technology Council
    Past Board of Directors, West Michigan Chapter

Community Affiliations

  • Sparta Community Foundation
    Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Grand Rapids Ballet Company
    Past Board Member and Secretary

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