William J Hurles

William J. Hurles

Member

William has more than ten years’ experience in all areas of intellectual property law, including domestic and international patent, trademark and copyright matters. He has significant experience in filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also counsels clients on the avoidance of competitor intellectual property rights while bringing new products to the market. Additionally, he represents clients in patent validity challenging proceedings, including inter partes review and ex parte reexamination proceedings.

William represents clients in a wide range of technology areas include automotive products, medical devices, consumer products and sporting goods. 

Outside of his primary practice, William volunteers his time working with start-up companies, non-profit organizations and students in intellectual property related workshops. He also represents the firm’s pro bono clients in intellectual property related matters.

Education & Credentials

Education

Michigan State University

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2008

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2014
  • Dean’s Scholar Scholarship recipient

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Prominent Assignments

Patent application preparation and prosecution worldwide, including significant experience in various technologies, including the following:

  • Automotive systems including powertrain, suspension, brake, closure, cooling and HVAC systems
  • Car wash systems
  • LED lighting systems
  • Medical devices, including cancer detection systems and catheters
  • Consumer products
  • Houseware products

Patentability searches and opinions

Freedom to operate opinions

Patent validity opinions

Patent infringement opinions

Ex Parte Reexamination proceedings

Inter Partes Review proceedings

Patent litigation support, such as developing invalidity and non-infringement positions

Trademark opinions and applications

Copyright opinions and applications

Intellectual property portfolio management

Professional Involvement

  • Registered patent practitioner 

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)

Prior Professional Experience

  • Dickinson Wright PLLC; Intellectual Property Academy; 2010-2014
  • Siemens Energy, Inc.; Engineering Development Program - gas and steam turbine service engineering; 2009-2010
  • Chrysler, LLC; Manufacturing Engineering Intern; Summers of 2006, 2007 and 2008

Publications/Presentations

  • Presenter and panelist on intellectual property strategy topics for medical technology startup companies at ASPIRE “Accelerating Startup Partnership and Investment Readiness” event, Detroit, MI 2019
  • Presentation on Intellectual Property topics and Panelist for discussion at Write-A-House “Fortify Writers Retreat” event, Detroit, MI 2018
  • Presentation on "Design Patent Challenging Tools" to Dickinson Wright clients, Troy, MI 2018
  • Panelist for intellectual property discussion at ASPIRE “Accelerating Startup Partnership and Investment Readiness” event, Detroit, MI 2017
  • Presentation on “Intellectual Property for Engineers & Entrepreneurs” at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 2014–2015
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