Donna M. Meuth
Donna M. Meuth is Senior Patent Counsel in the Intellectual Property Department of Eisai Inc. in Andover, MA. Ms. Meuth has a diverse experience in Intellectual Property Law, including patent portfolio management, patent prosecution and litigation. Donna's technical focus is in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology arts. She has significant interference experience and litigation experience, in particular ANDA litigation for branded pharmaceuticals.
Ms. Meuth has had leadership roles in many professional organizations, in particular the American Bar Association's (ABA) Intellectual Property Law (IPL) Section, where she is currently Chair of the Patent Legislation Committee and a member of the Editorial Board for Publications and Amicus Brief Committee. In addition, she is President-Elect of the Boston Patent Law Association, where she has been a member of the Board since 2008.
Ms. Meuth is a member of the Massachusetts and Virginia State Bars, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Eastern District Court of Virginia, as well as a registered patent attorney of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Ms. Meuth received her J.D. from The National Law Center of the George Washington University Law School and her undergraduate degree in Chemistry with Honors from the College of the Holy Cross.
William F. Smith
William F. Smith is Of Counsel for the law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP. He is a former Administrative Patent Judge at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He focuses his practice on advising clients in complicated patent matters, including reexamination proceedings, appeals, interferences, post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and patent litigations.
Bill spent more than 30 years at the USPTO, with the last 19 years as an Administrative Patent Judge (APJ). While serving as an APJ, Bill was responsible for reaching final agency decisions in interferences and on ex parte appeals involving original and reissue applications and reexamination proceedings. The cases assigned to Bill involved diverse technologies, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices. Bill has taught at the Patent Academy at the USPTO; developed and presented seminars on appeal practice, appeal conferences, and claim construction to patent managers and examiners; and frequently addresses bar and professional associations on intellectual property legal topics.
Mr. Smith received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1976, and his B.Ch.E. from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1972.
David G. Wille
David G. Wille is a partner in the law firm of Baker Botts LLP. He has a broad intellectual property and technology practice. While the majority of his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and appellate work (including patent, trade secret, copyright and trademark litigation, as well as patent reexaminations and reviews), he has substantial experience in licensing relating to patents, trade secrets, software, trademarks and copyrights. He also handles secured transactions and mergers and acquisitions involving intellectual property.
Mr. Wille prepares and prosecutes patents involving a range of technologies and regularly provides legal advice on validity and infringement questions involving patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. He helps clients develop policies and procedures relating to the Internet, including website usage agreements, and he has handled a variety of Internet issues for several Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Wille works with clients on matters involving a broad range of technologies, such as computer software, medical devices, business methods, microprocessors, food service equipment, consumer products, cranes, RFID Technology, encryption, antenna technology, vehicle surveillance systems, analog and digital optical communications, telephony, cellular telephony, data communications, cable television, television, liquid crystals, semiconductor fabrication and structures, semiconductor packaging, semiconductor fabrication equipment, semiconductor testing, thermoelectric materials structure and fabrication, analog and digital integrated circuits, image processing, digital signal processing, photoscanners, ink jet printers, computer architecture, food processing, train cars and subsystems, CAD/CAM applications, computer storage and video conferencing.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Wille served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jerry Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Wille is currently an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law, where he has taught Patent Law, Licensing and an Advanced Patent Law Seminar since 2000. Mr. Wille is the named inventor on four U.S. patents.
Mr. Wille received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Michigan Law School, in 1992, his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin in 1989, and his B.S from the University of Wisconsin in 1988.