William Ahmann

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Lytton Avenue 379
Palo Alto 94301 CA US

William F. Ahmann is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Mr. Ahmann focuses on intellectual property law in the fields of wireless networks, telecommunications, computers, software, semiconductors, electronics, security, business methods, and the Internet.

Other areas of his practice include patent prosecution, licensing, litigation, copyright, trademark procurement, and designs protection. Mr. Ahmann has worked with a number of clients, rendering patent opinions, including invalidity and noninfringement opinions, focusing on patent prosecution and patent analysis, and establishing internal patent procurement programs and competitive analysis.

Mr. Ahmann has drafted, supervised, and/or prosecuted approximately 600 patent applications, and has filed and/or prosecuted dozens of reexaminations. He has been involved in multiple litigation matters and monetization efforts. He also has served as primary counsel in many licensing negotiations.

In the wireless space in particular, Mr. Ahmann has drafted, supervised, and/or prosecuted nearly 100 patent applications; drafted or supervised opinion letters; analyzed extensive portfolios; and defended against licensing and litigation efforts of non-practicing entities (“patent trolls”).


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings, 2001
  • B.S., Computer Science, University of Missouri, 1993


  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


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