United States: Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Bill Shaffer to Join Growing San Diego Office
Last Updated: June 20 2013

SAN DIEGO (June 10) -- Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that partner Bill Shaffer will be joining the firm's San Diego office this summer. Mr. Shaffer, who served until June 1 as the Silicon Valley Office Managing Partner for two years, will continue his practice focusing on patent prosecution and counseling as a member of the firm's internationally recognized Intellectual Property Department.

"Bill is an innovative patent strategist and a key advisor to the some of the world's leading high-tech companies," said San Diego Office Managing Partner Ken Jenkins. "We are delighted to have Bill lead our expanding San Diego high-tech patent practice."

"It is exciting to be making a move into the San Diego technology hub and be a part of this growing office," added Bill Shaffer. "I have worked with many of the world's leading technology companies in Silicon Valley and will feel right at home working with the dynamic local technology community in San Diego."

Mr. Shaffer's patent and prosecution and counseling practice includes patent portfolio building/management, patent analysis and post-grant patent procedures, including reexamination and reissue proceedings. As part of his client counseling practice, Mr. Shaffer assists clients with formulating validity and infringement opinions, patent enforcement and licensing strategies, and patent design-around efforts.

Mr. Shaffer has assisted patent litigation efforts in jurisdictions including the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia and the International Trade Commission. He has provided in-depth analysis of individual patents and patent portfolios in connection with venture capital investments and corporate acquisitions and advised prominent venture capital backed start-ups. Mr. Shaffer has experience in specific technologies including, among others, computer architecture, software- and Internet-based technologies, semiconductor processing, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, chip-level packaging and hard disk drives.

Prior to joining the legal profession, Mr. Shaffer was a software engineer for GTE Government Systems Corporation.

Mr. Shaffer is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. In 2011 and 2012, he was recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in the area of Intellectual Property by SuperLawyers magazine. Mr. Shaffer was recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Patent Prosecution in 2012. He was named a 2013 "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Mr. Shaffer graduated from the Southern Methodist University School of Law and Vanderbilt University where he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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