William L.
Warren
Partner

404.853.8081

Bill Warren advises clients on strategic intellectual property issues primarily in the life sciences sector, but also in a number of other industries. The majority of his practice focuses on patents related to biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical inventions. Bill prosecutes patents, counsels clients on patent validity and infringement issues and prepares product clearance opinions and development strategies. He also negotiates technology transfer licensing agreements and conducts intellectual property due diligence.

A partner in Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and chair of the firm’s biotechnology & life sciences team, Bill also protects trademarks and copyrights and, when necessary, participates in litigating intellectual property issues. In particular, he counsels various entities on Hatch-Waxman generic pharmaceutical and related biosimilars issues. For more than two decades, Bill has worked with clients ranging from multinational corporations, to early-stage entrepreneurial companies, to nonprofit university and science research centers. He is a frequent speaker and writer on developments in patent law affecting the life sciences industry.

Selected Experience

Awards and Rankings

Selected for inclusion in IP Stars® by Managing Intellectual Property (2013)

Named among “Georgia’s Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine (2007)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” (2005-2006)

Professional Activities

Member, American Bar Association
Member, Atlanta Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Law Section
Member, Board of Directors, Georgia Biotechnology Industry Organization (GaBio)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association
Member, Bioscience Leadership Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Member, Licensing Executives Society
Member, Association for University Technology Managers
Member, Board of Councilors, The Carter Center
Trustee, Chi Psi Fraternity Educational Trust
Trustee, Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Education
  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, Member, Moot Court Society
  • M.B.A., Emory University School of Business
  • M.S., Molecular Genetics, Georgia State University
  • B.A., cum laude, Biology and Economics, Middlebury College
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Superior Court of Fulton County Georgia

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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