We are pleased to announce that William “Skip” Fisher has joined the Seattle office as a Partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Technology and IP Transactions practices.

Mr. Fisher focuses on strategic counselling, high-stakes litigation, and complex licensing in all areas of intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on patents and trade secrets and a niche practice in Chinese intellectual property law, practice, and procedure. He works closely with large and small companies to establish and implement strategies for procuring, protecting, commercializing, and enforcing their patent, trade secret, and other IP rights in the U.S., China, and globally.

Having spent the past 20 years practicing both U.S. and Chinese IP law, with 12 years based in China, he has the unique ability to explain Chinese IP laws, practices, and procedures to U.S. and other Western clients in a way they can easily understand and likewise to explain U.S. IP laws, practices, and procedures to Chinese clients. Because of this, he is often called on by clients to act as a strategic advisor on IP matters involving one or both jurisdictions.

Mr. Fisher represents companies in a broad spectrum of IP matters, including IP and business counseling, IP portfolio management, IP and corporate due diligence, licensing and technology transfer, commercial contracts and business transactions, and patent and other IP-related litigation and dispute resolution.

Mr. Fisher has experience in a variety of industries, including computer hardware and software, computer networks, mobile devices and applications, telecommunications, Internet and e-commerce, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, medical devices, mechanical and industrial products, aerospace, automotive and manufacturing.

Prior to joining Potomac Law, Mr. Fisher was a Partner at DLA Piper. Mr. Fisher received his J.D., cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, his M.S., with honors, from Northeastern University, and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts.

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