William J. McNichol

Contract Attorney


  • Villanova University School of Law, 1983, J.D.
  • Villanova University, 1979, M.S., Biochemistry
  • Villanova University, 1977, B.S., Biology

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Washington
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit

Bill concentrates his practice in the representation of technology-based enterprises in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including the prosecution of patent applications, re-examination and reissues; trademark registration applications, oppositions and cancellation proceedings; and the preparation of patent validity and infringement opinions in anticipation of litigation and new product introduction.

Bill has an extensive background in drug, biotech and other medical technology intellectual property litigation, including patent, copyright, trade dress and trademark infringement matters in both the courts and U.S. International Trade Commission.

Employment History

  • 1997 - Reed Smith
  • Stoel Rives, LLP, Seattle - Partner
  • Practiced as a patent attorney in New York and Washington, D.C.
  • Also called upon to advise members of the House and Senate on the regulation of toxic chemicals and pesticides, and the drafting of legislation

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in Chambers USA in 2003 through 2011 as one of America's leading intellectual property lawyers
  • Recognized in 2005 through 2015 as one of the Best Lawyers in America

Professional Affiliations

  • Currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law, Bill also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania