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William B. Dyer III
+1 404 653 6470
bill.dyer@finnegan.com

3500 SunTrust Plaza
303 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308-3263

+1 404 653 6400
Fax +1 404 653 6444

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
    J.D., 1992
  • Virginia Military Institute
    B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1985

William B. Dyer III

Partner

Bill Dyer practices patent litigation in U.S. district courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. With experience in more than 50 lawsuits, he manages all aspects of litigation, including development of case strategy, discovery, motions practice, and trial litigation. His practice touches nearly all aspects of electrical, electronics, and information technology, including related software systems.

Mr. Dyer also provides broad-spectrum intellectual property counseling, including opinion writing, due diligence studies, and patent portfolio development. He frequently lectures on a wide range of intellectual property topics.

A decorated combat veteran, Mr. Dyer is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps. From 1992-1995, he served on Active Duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he was lead trial counsel in 32 felony jury trials. He has also, since 2008, served on the faculty of the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches advanced trial advocacy skills to experienced lawyers.

Highlights

  • Led a team of 25 Finnegan attorneys in a patent due diligence for ARRIS Group, Inc. that resulted in successful negotiation and acquisition by ARRIS of Google's Motorola Home business for $2.35B. The diligence and acquisition included the ultimate purchase or license of over 3,000 patents.
  • Brocade v. A10 Networks, Inc. (N.D. Cal.). Principal trial counsel in litigation relating to Internet networking technology. Developed and implemented successful strategy that minimized clients' exposure.
  • Telmatics v. Networkfleet (N.D. Ga.). Nominated by parties and appointed by Judge Steve Jones to serve as Special Master for Claim Construction in multi-patent case relating to vehicle tracking and logistics informatics.
  • Applied Surgical v. Stryker Corporation (N.D. Ala.). Served as mediator in a trade secret litigation between two medical device manufacturers. The case was related to an alleged theft of trade secrets for an automated mechanism for controlling electronic instruments during surgical procedures. The mediation resulted in a successful resolution.
  • In re Multimedia Display and Navigation Devices and Systems 337-TA-694 (ITC). Led enforcement efforts of Pioneer Corporation in multi-patent litigation relating to GPS technology against Garmin.
  • Northpeak Wireless, LLC v. Sony (N.D. Ala., N.D. Cal.). Served as lead counsel for defendant Sony in multi-patent litigation relating to Wi-Fi technology. Successfully obtained transfer of case to a preferable jurisdiction and then obtained a litigation stay following a successful request for reexamination in which asserted claims were rejected.
  • Served as lead counsel for plaintiff in multi-patent, trademark, and unfair competition litigation relating to software systems for Internet-based auctions in N.D. Georgia.
  • Dynacore Holdings Corporation v. Sony Electronics (S.D.N.Y., Fed.Cir.). Represented defendants Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Gateway, and Sony in defense of patent infringement allegations relating to the use of the IEEE-1394 data transmission protocol, resulting in a successful outcome in, which was upheld on appeal.
  • Automotive Technologies International v. BMW (E.D. Mich.). Represented defendants BMW of North America and KIA Motors America in the successful defense of multi-patent litigation relating to electronic sensors for automobile air bags.  
  • Served as intellectual property counsel for GE Power Systems, where he managed all intellectual property litigation and due diligence efforts, and developed an internal program for strategic development of the GEPS patent portfolio, 1999-2001.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. as one of the leading lawyers in patent licensing and transactional work, 2014.
  • Recognized as an "IP Star" in Atlanta, GA, by Managing Intellectual Property, 2013-2014.
  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Recognized as a leader in the field of intellectual property law by Chambers USA, 2008-2014.

Professional Activities

  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Section on Intellectual Property)
  • Georgia State Bar Association (Section on Intellectual Property)