William C. Geary is an experienced patent and trademark attorney with a particular background in medical technology, polymers and advanced materials, polymer processing technologies, and chemicals.
Bill provides counsel on all phases of patent and trademark law, through development strategy, protection, and exploitation of patent and trademark rights. His clients include start-ups, large companies such as Johnson & Johnson, medical technology manufacturers, and research institutions.
In the area of patent rights and litigation, Bill has represented clients in federal district courts and before the International Trade Commission. He also provides opinions on new products before they hit the public market and has served as lead counsel in patent interferences and on matters connected to foreign patent opposition.
Bill’s patent experience includes technology areas such as oil drilling equipment, floppy disk liners, jewelry clasps, bioimplantable polymers, injection molding equipment and tooling, and multi-layer technology.
Regarding trademark law, Bill has represented clients before state courts in Massachusetts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board as well as in federal district courts. Bill is recognized for his broad experience, having received rankings from Super Lawyers in both the Corporate Counsel Edition and the Business Edition.
- Advised medical device client on developing and implementing a post-litigation strategy. Having lost a patent litigation (in which they were represented by another law firm), Mintz attorneys helped the company assess whether they could keep their product on the market during the appeal process. We then provided advice on how to create possible design-arounds for the product to ensure it was clear of infringing the patents at issue, in the event that the appeal was unsuccessful.
- Conducted a freedom to operate assessment for a client which produces a clinical diagnostic product, essentially a lab-on-a-chip which provides for point of care testing for a wide range of infections. Most such tests have to be conducted at a central laboratory, which increases expense and causes a significant wait for results. The company’s product allows treatment professionals to carry out testing on-site. We reviewed numerous third-party patents to advise the company that it had freedom to operate.
- Provided strategic guidance to a medical device manufacturer in relation to a new product launch. This involved a detailed evaluation of more than 50 patents, assessing them for invalidity and/or non-infringement, to ensure our client’s new product would not be impacted by any of the patents. The company is planning a large surgical tool product launch and this freedom to operate project provided the clearance needed to comfortably go to market.
- Conducted complex due diligence in the course of a significant planned acquisition for an orthopedics client assessing the value of the target company from an intellectual property perspective. This included a freedom-to-operate assessment of more than 300 third party patents, and evaluation of the target company’s portfolio to determine the extent to which it provided sufficient protection to prevent competitors from marketing products that can effectively compete with the proposed next generation of products.
- Case Western Reserve University School of Law (JD)
- University of Massachusetts – Lowell (BS, Polymer Engineering)
- Member, Boston Patent Law Association
- Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Boston Bar Association
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
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