William A. McKenna
Bill concentrates his practice on the litigation of intellectual property issues. Bill also focuses on the procurement and strategic development of patent portfolios for technology startup companies, and assists them with protection strategies for core intellectual property assets and clearance of products to avoid the intellectual property of others. Bill is currently a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
Bill has experience in all phases of intellectual property litigation throughout the United States, in many popular forums including the Eastern District of Texas and the Federal Circuit. In 2012, Bill was named a Rising Star in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers.
Bill has a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bill was a software engineer in hardware and product development for Pinnacle Systems. While in school, Bill also served as a network engineer to Cisco Systems. He currently lives in Fishers with his wife Krista, sons Liam and Brendan, and is an avid golfer.
- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
B.S., Computer Science and Mathematics , 2002
- Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington
- Indiana, 2005
- U.S. Patent Bar, 2009
- Federal Circuit, 2011
Bill represents clients regularly in matters involving software, electrical, and mechanical arts including computer telephony, complex electrical circuitry, robotic navigation, aviation tracking, medical monitoring, and mobile devices.
Ingersoll Rand v. Crayon Interface
Lead counsel in Indiana case defending software company against its corporate product development partner. Case settled on favorable terms.
Sabasta v. Buckaroos
Second chair in Southern District of Iowa obtaining summary judgment of inequitable conduct on behalf of Defendant in the building products manufacturing business accused of patent infringement.
Microlog v. Continental Airlines et al
Second chair in Eastern District of Texas defending case involving call center software and systems. Case settled on favorable terms.
Matthews v. BioSafe
Appeal to the Federal Circuit affirming dismissal based on lack of jurisdiction for declaratory judgment action.
Arrival Star v. LHP Telematics
Lead counsel in Northern District of Illinois case defending product tracking manufacturer against patent infringement claim. Case settled on favorable terms.
AMS v. Bear Archery
Second Chair in a Western District of Wisconsin case obtaining summary judgment of non-infringing with respect to an arrow attachment device for use in bow fishing.
Indiana State Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
Association for Computing Machinery
American Society for the Communication of Mathematics
Presentations and Speaking Engagements
Periodic Presenter, “Continuing Education for Professional Engineers”, organized by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Presenter, Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP "IP Litigation Summit," Indianapolis
Guest lecturer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, “IP Law for Engineers”
Guest lecturer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, “Business Law”
Organizer, The BLS Open for the Indianapolis First Tee®
Chairman of the 2015 Lawyer Links Classic benefitting the Indianapolis Bar Foundation
Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation, 2012-2017
Graduate, Indianapolis Bar Leader Series, Class IX 2012
Recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2008