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McKool Smith principal Bill LaFuze was recognized as a Titan of the Intellectual Property Profession during a recent meeting of the American Patent Law Association held in Palm Springs, California. In addition to his many successful accomplishments as a patent trial lawyer, Bill is one of only a very few people to have served as the leader of both of the two largest national intellectual property bar associations in the country---he was President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law. A few of Bill’s other past accomplishments include serving on the Patent Public Advisory Committee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, serving on a Presidential Transition Team as an expert on the U.S. Patent Office and patent policy by appointment of the Secretary of Commerce, and testifying before U. S. Congressional subcommittees on patent legislation and policy issues. Currently, Bill continues to serve and promote the IP profession, including as a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for Diversity in IP Law, as well as an officer and Board member of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law.

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