Douglas R. Wilson
512.343.3622
doug.wilson@armondwilson.com

Douglas Wilson is an award-winning trial attorney commended for his “outstanding trial skills” and “impressive post-grant talents” in the 2018 IAM 1000 rankings. He litigates a wide variety of intellectual property disputes spanning patents, trade secrets, antitrust, and appeals in the state and federal courts. He has handled dozens of inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent Office, and has the distinction of successfully arguing the very first inter partes review resulting in a decision confirming patentability of all challenged claims. A former partner at the litigation firm Heim, Payne & Chorush LLP, Doug has served as lead counsel in numerous cases.

A registered patent attorney, Doug’s combination of technical and legal fluency is valued by clients, technical experts, and media outlets. Drawing on his prior engineering career, Doug’s expertise covers an array of technical fields. He has handled litigation involving microprocessors, graphics processors, video games, cellular telephones, web design, computer software, oilfield equipment, and pharmaceuticals.

Doug is ranked as a top patent professional in the IAM 1000 (2018-2019), and has been recognized as among the Best Lawyers in America by BL Rankings (2019-2020) and a top-rated “Super Lawyer” in intellectual property litigation by Thomson Reuters (2017-2019). He is a member of the executive committee of the Honorable Lee Yeakel IP American Inn of Court.

Clerkship

Judicial law clerk to the Honorable Richard Linn,
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.

Education

J.D. with honors, Order of the Coif, University of Texas School of Law
Editor-in-Chief, Texas Review of Law & Politics

B.S. summa cum laude, chemical engineering, Lamar University

Representative Cases

U.S. Patent Office Litigation

Rapid Completions v. Weatherford Int’l, IPR2016-01509, IPR2016-01514, IPR2016-01517 (Pat. Trial & Appeal Bd.) & Nos. 18-1859, 18-1860, 18-1861 (Fed. Cir.): successfully represented patent challenger in obtaining IPR final written decisions cancelling all asserted claims in a portfolio of three asserted patents relating to downhole oil field drilling equipment; also successfully defended decisions on appeal resulting in three Rule 36 judgments.

Snap Inc. v. Vaporstream, Inc., IPR2018-00397, IPR2018-00408, IPR2018-00416, IPR2018-00439, IPR2018-00455 (Pat. Trial & Appeal Bd.): prevailed representing patent owner in obtaining five final written decisions after a full trial confirming patentability of all challenged claims in four patents directed to secure electronic messaging systems.

ABB Inc. v. ROY-G-BIV Corp., Nos. 2013-00062, 2013-00063, 2013-00074, 2013-00282, 2013-00286, 2014-00122 (Pat. Trial & Appeal Bd.): in the very first PTAB trial to result in an affirmance of all challenged claims of a patent, successfully defended patent owner in inter partes review proceedings challenging a portfolio of five patents related to robotic motion control software.

Rockwell Automation v. Automation Middleware, IPR2017-00023, IPR2017-00048, IPR2017-00049, IPR2017-00469, IPR2017-00470 (Pat. Trial & Appeal Bd.): obtained favorable decisions denying institution of all inter partes review proceedings and protecting a portfolio of five patents related to motion control technology.

Verint Sys. v. KeySee Software, IPR2018-01579 (Pat. Trial & Appeal Bd.): obtained decision denying institution of inter partes review proceedings in a challenge to a patent covering hacking of cellular encryption.

Federal Court Litigation

MicroUnity Systems Engineering v. Sony Corp. et al., No. 05-cv-00505 (E.D. Tex.): represented plaintiff in a series of patent infringement litigations involving a portfolio of innovative patents on unified media processing including a significant settlement with Intel in the late stages of litigation.

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. v. Packers Plus Energy Services, Inc., CV-44964 (238th District Midland County, Texas): represented Halliburton in trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract litigation against both individual and corporate defendants who allegedly breached their employment contracts in forming competitor company; resolved favorably on the eve of trial.

Interval Licensing v. AOL et al., No. 13-1282 (Fed. Cir.): obtained a reversal of a district court claim construction order on appeal in patent litigation involving computerized attention management technology.

In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1419 (D.N.J.): class counsel for direct-purchaser plaintiffs in antitrust litigation against Schering-Plough and others alleging attempts to keep generic drug companies from receiving FDA approval to market sustained release potassium chloride products; resolved favorably before trial.

Weatherford Tech. v. Tesco Corp., 17-cv-00456 (E.D. Tex.): patent litigation involving an oilfield control line device for tubular running services; resolved favorably during trial.

PalTalk Holdings v. Microsoft Corp., No. 09-cv-00274 (E.D. Tex.): patent infringement litigation involving online multiplayer gaming technology; resolved favorably during trial.

ZiiLabs Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 14-cv-00203 (E.D. Tex.): patent infringement litigation relating to graphics processor technology; resolved favorably on the eve of trial.

Media

Snap Gets Mixed Results in Patent Office Attack on Vaporstream, Bloomberg Law (Jul. 2019)

Former Federal Circuit Clerks Launch IPR-Focused Firm, The Recorder/Law.com (May 2019)

Ex-Knobbe Martens, Heim Payne Partners Launch IP Boutique, Law360 (May 2019)

Knobbe Martens Partner Opens Boutique IP Firm, Daily Journal (May 2019)

Former Knobbe Martens Lawyer Forms New IP Boutique Armond Wilson, Bloomberg Law (May 2019)

Skilled in the Art: What Does Qualcomm’s Post-Koh Future Look Like? + Ex-Federal Circuit Clerks Say Small Is Beautiful at PTAB, Law.com (May 2019)

Apple, Qualcomm Reach Courthouse-Steps Settlement to End Suits, Bloomberg Law (Apr. 2019)

HP, SAP Get Big Baboon Patent Lawsuit Tossed,  Bloomberg Law (Apr. 2019)

Skilled in the Art: Keeping It Real at the Ninth Circuit + Two Knobbe Partners Find New Homes, Law.com (Apr. 2019)

PTAB Won’t Review LG’s Challenges To Wi-LAN 4G Patent, Law360 (Oct. 2018)

Tesco Drilling Patent Case Stays In Texas’ Eastern District, Law360 (Oct. 2018)

No PTAB Review For Rockwell Automation Of Robotics Patent, Law360 (Apr. 2017)

Court Says Community of Interest Privilege Inapplicable to Supplier Communications, Bloomberg Law (Jul. 2011)

Awards

IAM 1000, Top Patent Professional (2018-2019)
Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, intellectual property litigation (2017-2019)
BL Rankings, Best Lawyers In America (2019-2020)

Professional Affiliations

Federal Circuit Bar Association
PTAB Bar Association
Honorable Lee Yeakel IP American Inn of Court, executive committee

Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Patent Office
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
State of Texas

Douglas R. Wilson
512.343.3622
doug.wilson@armondwilson.com

Douglas Wilson is an award-winning trial attorney commended for his “outstanding trial skills” and “impressive post-grant talents” in the 2018 IAM 1000 rankings. He litigates a wide variety of intellectual property disputes spanning patents, trade secrets, antitrust, and appeals in the state and federal courts. He has handled dozens of inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent Office, and has the distinction of successfully arguing the very first inter partes review resulting in a decision confirming patentability of all challenged claims. A former partner at the litigation firm Heim, Payne & Chorush LLP, Doug has served as lead counsel in numerous cases.

A registered patent attorney, Doug’s combination of technical and legal fluency is valued by clients, technical experts, and media outlets. Drawing on his prior engineering career, Doug’s expertise covers an array of technical fields. He has handled litigation involving microprocessors, graphics processors, video games, cellular telephones, web design, computer software, oilfield equipment, and pharmaceuticals.

Doug is ranked as a top patent professional in the IAM 1000 (2018-2019), and has been recognized as among the Best Lawyers in America by BL Rankings (2019-2020) and a top-rated “Super Lawyer” in intellectual property litigation by Thomson Reuters (2017-2019).  He is a member of the executive committee of the Honorable Lee Yeakel IP American Inn of Court.

Clerkship

Judicial law clerk to the Honorable Richard Linn,
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.

Education

J.D. with honors, Order of the Coif, University of Texas School of Law
Editor-in-Chief, Texas Review of Law & Politics

B.S. summa cum laude, chemical engineering, Lamar University

Representative Cases

U.S. Patent Office Litigation

Rapid Completions v. Weatherford Int’l, IPR2016-01509, IPR2016-01514, IPR2016-01517 (Pat. Trial & Appeal Bd.) & Nos. 18-1859, 18-1860, 18-1861 (Fed. Cir.): successfully represented patent challenger in obtaining IPR final written decisions cancelling all asserted claims in a portfolio of three asserted patents relating to downhole oil field drilling equipment; also successfully defended decisions on appeal resulting in three Rule 36 judgments.

Snap Inc. v. Vaporstream, Inc., IPR2018-00397, IPR2018-00408, IPR2018-00416, IPR2018-00439, IPR2018-00455 (Pat. Trial & Appeal Bd.): prevailed representing patent owner in obtaining five final written decisions after a full trial confirming patentability of all challenged claims in four patents directed to secure electronic messaging systems.

ABB Inc. v. ROY-G-BIV Corp., Nos. 2013-00062, 2013-00063, 2013-00074, 2013-00282, 2013-00286, 2014-00122 (Pat. Trial & Appeal Bd.): in the very first PTAB trial to result in an affirmance of all challenged claims of a patent, successfully defended patent owner in inter partes review proceedings challenging a portfolio of five patents related to robotic motion control software.

Rockwell Automation v. Automation Middleware, IPR2017-00023, IPR2017-00048, IPR2017-00049, IPR2017-00469, IPR2017-00470 (Pat. Trial & Appeal Bd.): obtained favorable decisions denying institution of all inter partes review proceedings and protecting a portfolio of five patents related to motion control technology.

Verint Sys. v. KeySee Software, IPR2018-01579 (Pat. Trial & Appeal Bd.): obtained decision denying institution of inter partes review proceedings in a challenge to a patent covering hacking of cellular encryption.

Federal Court Litigation

MicroUnity Systems Engineering v. Sony Corp. et al., No. 05-cv-00505 (E.D. Tex.): represented plaintiff in a series of patent infringement litigations involving a portfolio of innovative patents on unified media processing including a significant settlement with Intel in the late stages of litigation.

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. v. Packers Plus Energy Services, Inc., CV-44964 (238th District Midland County, Texas): represented Halliburton in trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract litigation against both individual and corporate defendants who allegedly breached their employment contracts in forming competitor company; resolved favorably on the eve of trial.

Interval Licensing v. AOL et al., No. 13-1282 (Fed. Cir.): obtained a reversal of a district court claim construction order on appeal in patent litigation involving computerized attention management technology.

In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1419 (D.N.J.): class counsel for direct-purchaser plaintiffs in antitrust litigation against Schering-Plough and others alleging attempts to keep generic drug companies from receiving FDA approval to market sustained release potassium chloride products; resolved favorably before trial.

Weatherford Tech. v. Tesco Corp., 17-cv-00456 (E.D. Tex.): patent litigation involving an oilfield control line device for tubular running services; resolved favorably during trial.

PalTalk Holdings v. Microsoft Corp., No. 09-cv-00274 (E.D. Tex.): patent infringement litigation involving online multiplayer gaming technology; resolved favorably during trial.

ZiiLabs Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 14-cv-00203 (E.D. Tex.): patent infringement litigation relating to graphics processor technology; resolved favorably on the eve of trial.

Media

Snap Gets Mixed Results in Patent Office Attack on Vaporstream, Bloomberg Law (Jul. 2019)

Former Federal Circuit Clerks Launch IPR-Focused Firm, The Recorder/Law.com (May 2019)

Ex-Knobbe Martens, Heim Payne Partners Launch IP Boutique, Law360 (May 2019)

Knobbe Martens Partner Opens Boutique IP Firm, Daily Journal (May 2019)

Former Knobbe Martens Lawyer Forms New IP Boutique Armond Wilson, Bloomberg Law (May 2019)

Skilled in the Art: What Does Qualcomm’s Post-Koh Future Look Like? + Ex-Federal Circuit Clerks Say Small Is Beautiful at PTAB, Law.com (May 2019)

Apple, Qualcomm Reach Courthouse-Steps Settlement to End Suits, Bloomberg Law (Apr. 2019)

HP, SAP Get Big Baboon Patent Lawsuit Tossed,  Bloomberg Law (Apr. 2019)

Skilled in the Art: Keeping It Real at the Ninth Circuit + Two Knobbe Partners Find New Homes, Law.com (Apr. 2019)

PTAB Won’t Review LG’s Challenges To Wi-LAN 4G Patent, Law360 (Oct. 2018)

Tesco Drilling Patent Case Stays In Texas’ Eastern District, Law360 (Oct. 2018)

No PTAB Review For Rockwell Automation Of Robotics Patent, Law360 (Apr. 2017)

Court Says Community of Interest Privilege Inapplicable to Supplier Communications, Bloomberg Law (Jul. 2011)

Awards

IAM 1000, Top Patent Professional (2018-2019)
Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation (2017-2019)
BL Rankings, Best Lawyers In America (2019-2020)

Professional Affiliations

Federal Circuit Bar Association
PTAB Bar Association
Honorable Lee Yeakel IP American Inn of Court, executive committee

Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Patent Office
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
State of Texas