William Schaal is registered as a patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He concentrates his practice on counseling and services in connection with patent-related matters. For over 20 years, Bill has assisted his clients in the development of IP portfolios. This IP portfolio development focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications over a wide range of technological fields such as computer electronics, mechanical and medical devices, network infrastructure, IoT sensors, software, and data security.
Bill has successfully protected and expanded the IP portfolios for many companies, from multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporations to start-up companies, some of which have gone public with billion dollar valuations and subsequent multi-billion dollar acquisition values. His educational background and expertise lends itself to the counseling of high technology and emerging companies.
He also handles a variety of other patent-related matters, including offensive and defensive patent portfolio reviews; invalidity and non-infringement analyses of third party patents directed to IEEE standards as well as wireless, mechanical device, medical device and computer-related technologies; freedom-to-operate opinions; and due diligence investigations prompted by acquisition or licensing ventures.
Bill has lectured on a variety of topics in the fields of patent prosecution, and has been recognized in various national publications including Super Lawyers, Los Angeles magazine and the American Lawyer.
Areas of Expertise
- IP Related Business Transactions
- Litigation Support
- Computer/Related Technologies
- Medical Devices
- Green Technologies
- Internet Technologies
News & Insights
- “Guidance in Protecting Software-Based Inventions After Alice,” Orange County Business Journal, November 2016
Awards & Affiliations
Memberships & Associations
- Orange County Bar Association, former Co-Vice Chairperson of the Technology Section
- Orange County Patent Law Association