J. William Dockrey

William Dockrey focuses on all aspects of Intellectual Property Law practice patent prosecution, opinions, counseling, technology transfer, including patent infringement litigation, and copyright law. His patent litigation support and analysis experience includes right-to-practice, non-infringement and validity opinions, pleadings and motions, discovery documents and depositions, legal research and drafting of legal memoranda. 

William's patent prosecution practice includes appeals, re-examination, and reissue applications. Representative arts: semiconductor devices and process, electronic packaging, electrical connectors, chemical processing and compositions, automotive sensors, mechanical lifting machines, medical devices and analytical systems, and refrigeration systems.

His technology transfer experience includes due diligence studies, negotiating and drafting patent and copyright licenses, patent portfolio evaluation, patent validity and infringement analysis, and financial settlement. 

  • J.D.,
    The John Marshall Law School, 1996
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering
    Colorado State University, 1982
  • B.S., Chemistry
    University of South Dakota, 1979
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Technical Background
  • Chemical Engineering
Experience | Legal Experience

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
Counsel, January 2005-Present
Associate, 1998-2004

Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois
Intellectual Property Department 1989-1998
Patent Attorney 1996-1998
Patent Agent 1989-1995

Experience | Non-Legal Experience

Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois
Advanced Products Research and Development Laboratory
Senior Staff Engineer, Process Development

RCA, Somerville, New Jersey
Process Development Engineer, Solid State Technology Center

National Semiconductor, Inc., West Jordan, Utah
Process Engineer, Memory Fabrication Division

Forward Thinking
August 24, 2015
The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in ABT Systems and University of Central Florida v. Emerson Electric (August 19, 2015) (available here) reinforces the notion that secondary considerations of non-obviousness must typically be tied to the ...
Summer 2010
J. William Dockery wrote the article “The Importance of a Written Agreement When Collaborators Create a Copyrighted Work in the Performing Arts” for the Summer 2010 edition of Entertainment and Sports Lawyer. Click here to read.
December 2003
Reprinted with permission from Aspen Publishers, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Volume 15, Issue 12, Pages 1-5. Copyright 2003© www.aspenpublishers.com.    After careful consideration, the licensee has ...
April 01, 2002
The issue of a licensee's standing to bring a patent infringement lawsuit independent of the licensor has been addressed in several decisions by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. These decisions focus on the language of the license ...
Representative Matters
  • Schreiber Foods, Inc. v. Saputo Cheese USA, Inc.,CV 99C 2083 (N. Dist. Ill.), patent infringement action related to food processing
  • Soitec S.A., et al. v. Silicon Genesis Corp., 99 CV 10826 (D. Mass.), patent infringement action related to semiconductor substrate fabrication
  • Holcomb Healthcare Services L.L.C., et al. v. Nikken USA, Inc., et al., CV 3 99 0543 (M.D. Tenn.), patent infringement and unfair competition related to medical devices
  • Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, et al. v. Cypress Semiconductor Corp., et al., C 08-01217 (N. Dist. Calif.), declaratory judgment and civil torts action related to ownership of semiconductor memory device patents
Press Releases & Events
October 23, 2014
CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione and the firm's past president, has been named the #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, and fifty-nine ...
June 19, 2013
CHICAGO — LAF, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance to tens of thousands of low-income, elderly and disabled individuals in Chicago and suburban Cook County, has honored Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione with its ...
September 18, 2012
CHICAGO – Leading Lawyers Network has named 54 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, as 2012 Leading Lawyers in intellectual property in Illinois for 2012. The roster ...
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2011, 2012, 2014-2016
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
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