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William (Bill) Gaede

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Life Sciences/ Life Sciences Intellectual Property


Partner William (Bill) Gaede focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation in the life sciences and medical device industries. Bill serves as lead counsel for a wide range of companies and research institutes and has extensive experience in litigating life science technologies such as antibodies, proteins, small molecules and diagnostics. In addition to his jury trial experience, Bill has argued before the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He further provides risk management guidance on freedom to operate issues.
Bill is partner-in-charge for the Silicon Valley office.

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences

Within: Healthcare: life sciences

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP has experience representing clients in domestic and cross-border litigation. In Boston, Byron Kalogerou and Albert Sokol led advice to Neurovance on its high-profile acquisition by Japanese pharmaceutical company Otsuka Pharmaceutical. Silicon Valley-based William Gaede has been defending Ambry Genetics against patent infringement allegations brought by Esoterix and Johns Hopkins University regarding a number of Ambry’s products. Also in Silicon Valley, Paul DeStefano acted for Eutilex on an agreement with Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical. Chicago-based practice co-chair Kristian Werling is also recommended.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage

Within: Patent litigation: full coverage

Noted for its ‘diligence’, ‘trial strategy work’ and ‘excellent service’, McDermott Will & Emery LLP boosted its technology and electronics bench with the arrival of Washington DC litigators Nicole Jantzi, Paul Schoenhard and Ian Brooks from Ropes & Gray LLP; the newly-joined team represented Contour in an infringement action against GoPro, involving district court litigation, Federal Circuit Appeals and PTAB proceedings. However, the healthcare and life sciences work remains a core area alongside technology sector work: Boston-based practice head Sarah Columbia and ‘excellent litigatorWilliam Gaede in Silicon Valley assisted Amgen with obtaining a high-stakes jury trial victory for Amgen in a suit filed against Sanofi and Regeneron regarding patents on cholesterol-lowering drugs. BlackBerry, Diablo Technologies and Novartis are also clients. Los Angeles experts Jon Dean and Russell Hayman are recommended.

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