Robert Williams splits his practice between helping high-technology companies navigate complex intellectual property issues and handling internal investigations on behalf of companies operating in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Williams is a trained electrical and software engineer with legal and technical experience in wireless, Internet, and interface standards. His broad understanding of key intellectual property issues facing high-technology companies brings informed and nuanced legal advice from day one.
As a member of the Intellectual Property practice group, Mr. Williams advises clients on all aspects of their valuable intangible assets, leveraging his background as an electrical engineer prior to his legal practice. He has litigated out-bound intellectual property issues before the U.S. International Trade Commission, in U.S. federal and state courts for clients based in China as well as the U.S. Mr. Williams regularly litigates multi-front disputes involving a parallel ITC investigation and U.S. federal court case along with inter partes review challenges before the U.S. Patent Trials and Appeals Board. As a seasoned litigator, Mr. Williams also brings courtroom experience to in-bound licensing negotiations and analysis. Beyond handling IP disputes, Mr. Williams has helped clients analyze their intellectual property portfolios in China and elsewhere around the world, and conducted pre-litigation due diligence to develop comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional strategies.
As an internal investigations practitioner, Mr. Williams counsels companies on best-practices to help avoid risk under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws. He has also assisted a wide range of global companies with anti-corruption investigations in China and the Asia-Pacific region, leveraging his proficiency in spoken and written Mandarin and French.