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William F. Lee of WilmerHale To Discuss Jury Trials in Intellectual Property Cases, March 8



On Thursday, March 8, William F. Lee will give a Dean’s Program on the Profession talk at 12 noon in the Faculty Lounge. Lee is co-managing partner of WilmerHale. In addition to his firm responsibilities, he concentrates his practice primarily on intellectual property and commercial litigation. His talk is titled "Jury Trials in Complex Intellectual Property Cases: Do They Work?"

“In the last twenty years, intellectual property litigation and, in particular, patent litigation, have exploded in the United States,” said Lee. “Most of these complex cases are now tried to juries; and several commentators question whether a jury trial is the appropriate mechanism for resolving these disputes. This talk will explore the events leading us to where we are today and address the manner in which even these legally and technically complicated matters can be effectively adjudicated by a jury.”

Lee has extensive trial experience and has acted as lead trial counsel in a patent litigation concerning a genetically engineered tomato product; a trial involving the right to manufacture and sell recombinant erythropoietin; a trial before the International Trade Commission involving $3 billion of commerce; and trials in federal court involving laser optics, video conferencing, remote data storage, secure Internet communicator, dye chemistry, high-speed chromatography and medical devices.

He served as associate counsel to Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh in the Iran-Contra investigation and also served as a special assistant to the Massachusetts attorney general investigating alleged incidents of racial bias in the Commonwealth’s courts.

He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has received numerous awards and honors, including being named one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal in 2000 and 2006 and being recognized for his exceptional intellectual property practice in the 2006 and 2007 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers.

Lee holds a B.A. from Harvard, an M.B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School.