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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.

  • Successfully defended a portfolio of “smart” consumer appliances against patent infringement allegations based on media streaming and GPS location apps in parallel ITC, E.D. Tex., and PTAB proceedings.
  • Represented Chinese solid-state controller manufacturers in an ITC investigation relying on VLOG and source code implementations of interface standards to craft non-infringement defenses.
  • Successfully defended core operating system features in parallel district court patent infringement action and PTAB proceedings by applying knowledge of video streaming, codecs, and major consumer video formats.
  • Advised global companies operating in China and the Asia-Pacific region on potential FCPA risks for proposed business initiatives.
  • Represented LED company in ITC investigation based on LED encapsulation technology.
  • Successfully defended innovative touch-screen smartphone maker in full-spectrum offensive and defensive patent litigation based on power management and web-browsing subsystems.
  • Represented smartphone maker in litigation involving the implementation of LTE wireless standard preamble signaling.
  • Obtained injunctive relief for China-based client preventing the transfer of client’s confidential information during proposed merger.

Pro Bono

  • Successfully reversed dismissal of his client’s suit for racially discriminatory termination and violation of civil rights against the City and County of San Francisco and Federal Bureau of Investigations (9th Circuit Court of Appeals).
  • Litigated prison inmate’s Section 1983 case against San Francisco Sheriff’s department guards. (N.D. Cal.).
  • Represented individual in JAMS arbitration under American Arbitration Association rules in personal injury case.
  • Represented NGO in relief-related activities following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
  • Northern California Rising Stars, Intellectual Property Litigation (2010-2016)
  • Parker School Recognition in Foreign and Comparative Law