3 January 20224 minute read

William “Skip” Fisher joins DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice in Seattle

DLA Piper announced today that William “Skip” Fisher has joined the firm's Seattle office as a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice. Fisher was previously a partner in DLA Piper's Shanghai office.

Fisher’s practice focuses on strategic counseling, litigation and enforcement, and licensing in all areas of intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on patents and trade secrets and a niche practice in Chinese patent and trade secrets law. He helps clients establish and implement strategies for procuring, protecting, commercializing and enforcing their IP rights and for minimizing risk to their IP assets in China, the US and globally.

He also counsels clients on US, Chinese and international IP law, practice and strategy; represents them in challenging, high-stakes patent, trade secret and other IP litigation and enforcement actions; and assists them in negotiating and drafting complex IP licenses, collaboration and development contracts and other commercial agreements.

“Since 2017, Skip has been a vital asset to the firm’s clients in China and around the world who become involved in Chinese intellectual property-related disputes,” said Mark Fowler, global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice. “We are very pleased that he is joining DLA Piper in the US, where we expect his sophisticated skillset and ability to coordinate complex patent and IP litigation in China and in the US will continue to be in high demand.”

“Skip has extensive experience advising on complex patent disputes in a broad range of industries, including computer hardware and software, mobile devices and applications, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing, among many others,” said Sean Cunningham, US chair of the firm’s Patent Litigation practice. “He has played an important role in our practice during his years in the Shanghai office and will be an excellent addition to our patent litigation team in the US.”

Fisher received his JD from the Boston University School of Law, his BA from the University of Massachusetts and his MS from Northeastern University.