Bill is an intellectual property attorney who helps clients formulate strategies to protect and utilize their IP assets.
His practice includes patent and trademark prosecution, software copyrights and licensing. He also counsels clients in patent infringement and validity matters.
Bill has a background in electrical engineering, and his practical and legal experience includes computer software/hardware, cellular networks, mesh networks, cloud computing, computer vision, image processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, digital currency, digital asset management, media streaming, virtualization, social networks, and mobile development.
Bill is an expert on software patenting issues, including those related to the recent Alice decision and subsequent rulings. He frequently advises clients on software-specific strategies to navigate the unique challenges presented by Alice. Bill has had a great deal of success preventing and overcoming Alice-type rejections by thoroughly understanding the nuances of the law and effectively communicating them to the USPTO.
Bill is actively involved in pro bono work, through California Lawyers for the Arts, by assisting low-income individuals obtain and maintain IP protection for their ideas. Bill also serves as a student mentor for his alma mater, Santa Clara University School of Law.
Bill is also actively involved in charitable and community work. He recently organized and led a cycling team to raise substantial funding for rare cancer research.
- A New Era in Patent Prosecution, IAM, April 9, 2019, Bill Jacobs, Daniel Ovanezian, Joe Kucera