J. William Dockrey

William Dockrey focuses on all aspects of Intellectual Property Law practice patent prosecution, opinions, counseling, technology transfer, including patent infringement litigation, and copyright law. His patent litigation support and analysis experience includes right-to-practice, non-infringement and validity opinions, pleadings and motions, discovery documents and depositions, legal research and drafting of legal memoranda. 

William's patent prosecution practice includes appeals, re-examination, and reissue applications. Representative arts: semiconductor devices and process, electronic packaging, electrical connectors, chemical processing and compositions, automotive sensors, mechanical lifting machines, medical devices and analytical systems, and refrigeration systems.

His technology transfer experience includes due diligence studies, negotiating and drafting patent and copyright licenses, patent portfolio evaluation, patent validity and infringement analysis, and financial settlement. 

  • J.D.,
    The John Marshall Law School, 1996
  • B.S., Chemistry,
    University of South Dakota, 1979
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering,
    Colorado State University, 1982
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Technical Background
  • Chemical Engineering
Experience | Legal Experience

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
Counsel, January 2005-Present
Associate, 1998-2004

Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois
Intellectual Property Department 1989-1998
Patent Attorney 1996-1998
Patent Agent 1989-1995

Experience | Non-Legal Experience

Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois
Advanced Products Research and Development Laboratory
Senior Staff Engineer, Process Development

RCA, Somerville, New Jersey
Process Development Engineer, Solid State Technology Center

National Semiconductor, Inc., West Jordan, Utah
Process Engineer, Memory Fabrication Division

Representative Matters
  • Schreiber Foods, Inc. v. Saputo Cheese USA, Inc.,CV 99C 2083 (N. Dist. Ill.), patent infringement action related to food processing
  • Soitec S.A., et al. v. Silicon Genesis Corp., 99 CV 10826 (D. Mass.), patent infringement action related to semiconductor substrate fabrication
  • Holcomb Healthcare Services L.L.C., et al. v. Nikken USA, Inc., et al., CV 3 99 0543 (M.D. Tenn.), patent infringement and unfair competition related to medical devices
  • Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, et al. v. Cypress Semiconductor Corp., et al., C 08-01217 (N. Dist. Calif.), declaratory judgment and civil torts action related to ownership of semiconductor memory device patents
Press Releases & Events
October 24, 2018

CHICAGO—Brinks shareholder Gary M. Ropski has been named the #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois and  Laura Beth Miller has been recognized among the Top...

October 23, 2014
CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione and the firm's past president, has been named the #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, and fifty-nine ...
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2011, 2012, 2014-2016
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago