Clients and colleagues alike recognize Bill Frankel for his extraordinary range of experience and his effective advocacy in intellectual property disputes. His litigation practice encompasses patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition litigation in the U.S. and abroad; he also counsels clients on evaluating, protecting, procuring and transferring IP rights. Bill is known for helping clients think ahead to prepare for any situation that may arise in litigation. His maxim is, “Continuously communicate with clients and avoid surprises.”
In over three decades of practice, Bill has earned a reputation for his uncompromising ethics and dedication to client needs. He has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation since 2005, has been named in Euromoney’s Guides to the World's Leading Patent and Trademark Law Experts, and has been recognized by Chambers U.S.A., The Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who Legal, among other accolades. He is also a trained mediator, using his judgment and experience to help both clients and litigants resolve intellectual property disputes outside the courtroom.
Bill represents clients in leading cases in federal trial and appellate courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission and alternative dispute resolution fora. His engineering background and communication skills have helped him distill complex fact patterns into compelling arguments involving medical devices, packaging materials, hydraulics, consumer electronics, navigation systems, telecommunications, Internet and e-commerce matters, social media, software applications, automotive technologies, oil and gas drilling technologies, and cargo restraint apparatus.
Businesses with global aspirations rely on Bill for worldwide IP protection, as well as the coordination of legal strategies in cross-border IP disputes. He has worked with clients throughout Europe, as well as in Canada, Israel, Australia and China, and has represented domestic and foreign companies before the International Trade Commission.
As Chair of Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Copyright Group, Bill handles a range of cutting-edge copyright disputes. He is a past President and active Board member of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, an association that provides pro bono legal assistance to artists and arts organizations in the Chicago area.