About Elliott

Thank you for reading my bio. I help inventors, artists, and brands strengthen their businesses by enforcing (or avoiding) intellectual property rights. I do patent infringement litigation, copyright and trademark litigation, cease and desist letters, trade secrets disputes, and patent-related matters. This often happens in federal court or before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

I support the firm's energy and natural resources industry group as well as the firm's climate change initiative. My contributions include advising on IP issues for clean tech companies, coordinating an informal working group on distributed ledger technologies (blockchain), and tracking tariffs and duties for U.S. imports of photovoltaic (solar) cells.

I grew up in Alaska, near Anchorage. Before I turned to the law, I taught junior and senior high school at a small private school in Beaverton, Oregon. I also freelanced part time as a web programmer.

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  • Represented patent owner for a medical training device in successful appeal of claim construction to Federal Circuit and subsequent summary judgment of infringement, resulting in favorable settlement.
  • Defended SOFA Entertainment, owner of the rights to the Ed Sullivan Show, from copyright infringement claims in federal court in Oregon. We won summary judgment against the plaintiff’s claim for statutory damages under the copyright act, and the plaintiff dismissed the suit shortly thereafter.
  • Defended flooring systems company from patent infringement claims. Successfully petitioned to stay litigation while asserted patents were reexamined by the U.S. Patent Office.
  • Helped course content developer address reseller’s fraudulent royalty reporting and unauthorized use of course content by filing suit in federal court. Resulted in recovery of course content and monetary settlement in client’s favor.
  • Defended heavy equipment manufacturer from patent infringement claims through discovery and summary judgment hearing. Plaintiff settled for small fraction of original demand.
  • Defended publishing company from false accusations of trademark infringement by suing accusers in federal court. Resulted in a release of all claims and payment of compensation to our client.
  • Stopped imports of knockoff products by suing buyer in federal court. Infringement claims based on registered trade dress resulted in an advantageous settlement for the client.
  • Recovered attorneys’ fees in trademark litigation on behalf of successful defendant.
  • Represented electronics company in supply dispute with a primary customer and shareholder resulting in an advantageous settlement and re-purchase of shares.
  • Filed declaratory judgment lawsuit against independent sales agency to resolve breach of contract allegations by the sales agency against our client.

Non-Litigation Enforcement

  • Manage brand enforcement services for food decorating company.
  • Manage brand enforcement services for clothing company.
  • Manage patent licensing program for sport optics company.
  • Draft cease and desist letters addressing patent infringement and trademark infringement.
  • Draft and advise strategy on copyright termination notices

U. S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Applications for trademark registration.
  • Prepare and prosecute utility patent and design patent applications.
  • Appeal briefs before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Advise clients regarding patent and trademark application strategy.


  • Monitor current and forthcoming tariffs, anti-dumping duties, and countervailing duties.
  • Develop credit card acceptance strategy for compliance with applicable state, federal, and credit card issuer rules.
  • Non-disclosure agreements.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Section, Oregon State Bar

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Oregon
  • Volunteer Attorney, Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Blockchain + Renewables = Red Tape?,” Renewable Energy World, March/April 2018
  • Presenter, “Crypto-currencies and the Law,” co-hosted by Stoel Rives, Feb. 2018
  • ITC Prepares to Vote on the Suniva/SolarWorld proceeding re Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells,” Stoel Rives Renewable + Law® blog, Sept. 13, 2017
  • “Blockchain 101,” Presentations to Corporate Section of Alaska State Bar; Stoel Rives Energy Initiative, Corporate Group, Technology Group, 2017
  • Co-author, “At the Halfway Point: The Effect of California’s Energy Storage Mandate,” Renewable Energy World, Nov. 22, 2016
  • “Trade Secrets Challenges for Patent Prosecutors and Litigators,” Randolph C. Foster and Elliott J. Williams, 2016 Electronic and Computer Law Summit, Electronic and Computer Patent Law Committee of the American Intellectual Property Association (paper presented and published June 14, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Construing ‘Consisting Essentially Of’,” Stoel Rives Patent Law Group, April 2016
  • Contributor, “Chapter 17: Employee Mobility, Restrictive Covenants, and Trade Secrets,” Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, American Bar Association, 2016 edition
  • Presenter, “Trade Secrets, Noncompetes, and Preventing Employee Data Theft,” Stoel Rives Breakfast Briefing, Sept. 2015
  • Presenter, “Teva v. Sandoz,” Stoel Rives Patent Law Group, Feb. 2015
  • Contributor, “Chapter 17: Employee Mobility, Restrictive Covenants, and Trade Secrets,” Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, American Bar Association, 2015 edition
  • Contributor, “Intellectual Property Considerations,” Washington Lawyers’ Practice Manual, Business Law Chapter, 2015
  • “Equitable Discretion and the Patent Owner’s Delay,” Boston Patent Lawyers Association Newsletter, 2014

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