William D. Patterson


Bill Patterson is vice-chair of the intellectual property group and works closely with his clients to protect their intellectual property. Bill has extensive experience in trade secrets litigation, trademark, patent and copyright disputes, and defending claims regarding right of publicity, consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, consumer class actions and complex breach of contract claims. In furtherance of his clients' causes, Bill has been quoted in numerous media outlets including USA Today, Crain’s, WBEZ, and The American Lawyer.

Bill enjoys working with new and emerging companies to navigate the challenges faced by disruptive businesses. Bill has worked with several companies to secure financing, and leverages his litigation experience to help his clients implement appropriate internal controls and contracts to protect their intellectual property, including through software licensing, reseller, and intellectual property sales agreements. When applicable, Bill also works with clients to assure that intellectual property is used consistently with state and federal regulations including Gramm-Leach Bliley and HIPAA.

Prior to joining the firm, Bill served as general counsel for a financial technology start-up, NextCapital, handling all legal matters including the first two rounds of funding, which raised in excess of $25 million. Prior to his work with NextCapital, Bill served as general counsel of BusinessLogic and oversaw all aspects of bet-the-company trade secrets litigation, ultimately obtaining for his client a $61 million settlement. This settlement is the largest trade secrets settlement in Illinois history. 


Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services
Class Action Defense
Entertainment and Media Law
General Trial Practice



Chicago, June 21, 2016
IP Newsletter: How the Defense of Trade Secrets Act Impacts Your Business
The Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services Practice Group has released its June newsletter.

Chicago, March 28, 2016
Patterson Speaks at SuperConference on Litigation Finance
Patterson, who was formerly General Counsel at Business Logic, will speak on litigation finance.

Chicago, January 21, 2016
Patterson Authors "Above the Law" Article on Litigation Finance
Patterson discusses three ways litigation finance changes an attorney's job, inside and out.

Chicago, January 18, 2016
Becker, Patterson Lead Tech Talk on New Media
The talk is hosted at 2112, Chicago's first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video, and creative technology.

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