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He is among Womble Carlyle’s most experienced lead litigators and trial lawyers, with particular experience intellectual property litigation. Bill has litigated more than 50 patent infringement and other patent-related cases in his 28+-year career.
Bill Ragland is among the firm’s most experienced lead litigators and trial lawyers, concentrating his practice on intellectual property litigation and complex business litigation.
Bill’s trial practice focuses on disputes regarding patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, software implementation, performance and system integration, non-competition agreements, Internet and e-commerce, intellectual property and technology licenses, co-development of technology, false advertising, unfair competition and insurance coverage for intellectual property. He has tried cases before juries and judges in numerous jurisdictions and has successfully represented clients in cases of national importance. Bill also has substantial experience litigating a wide variety of other types of business disputes, including those involving commercial contracts, partnerships and closely held companies, product liability, insurance coverage, defamation and real estate matters.
He has litigated over 50 patent infringement and other patent-related cases in his 28 year career.
As a leading technology lawyer, he also provides strategic advice regarding the structure, negotiation, implementation and defense of intellectual property enforcement and licensing programs, and regarding and portfolio management services.
Bill was named 2014-2015 “Lawyer of the Year” for Technology Law in the Atlanta market by The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest lawyer rating publication in the United States. Bill has also been recognized as one of the top 250 intellectual property strategists in the world, and as one of the top 1000 patent professionals in the world, by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. He has been featured in Corporate Counsel magazine, IP Law & Business magazine and Business to Business magazine regarding leaders in innovative intellectual property enforcement and licensing programs. He also has been featured in “Big Deals” in IP Law & Business regarding his representation in license agreements with major technology companies. Bill has assisted numerous clients in maximizing the value of their intellectual property and technology assets.
Bill has led numerous internal investigations for telecommunications, software, paper products companies and auditing firms.
Bill’s clients have included numerous computer, software, telecommunications and other high technology companies, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences companies, major paper products, manufacturing and chemical companies, financial institutions as well as major record, music and entertainment companies and well known entertainers.
Throughout his career, Bill has been deeply involved in leadership of the bar. Bill is highly regarded by the bench and bar for his service to the legal community and those it serves.
Intellectual Property Section, Atlanta Bar Association, Co-Founder and Co-Chair (2007-2008)
Intellectual Property Litigation