William S. Morriss
William is a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC practicing in the Firm’s Cincinnati office. His practice focuses particularly on the law and computer software. Since joining the Firm, William has represented inventors seeking to obtain protection for software implemented inventions before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; has represented businesses and individuals in patent infringement litigation, both in defending against allegations of infringement, and in enforcing patents against accused infringers, and has assisted clients in business transactions which include software, both in negotiating and drafting contracts, and in performing due diligence review of agreements in the context of potential acquisitions, including the review for a $335 million acquisition.
Mr. Morriss works with companies of all sizes all over the country to protect their software intellectual property including, and, in 2012 alone, had primary or sole responsibility for over 20 patent applications which were issued as patents. These include patents on a method and system for creating natural language understanding grammars (patent 8,335,690), systems and methods for indirect control of processor enabled devices (patent 8,239,047), active computer system defense technology (patent 8,196,204), a diversification measurement and analysis system (patent 8,156,030), and a method and apparatus for detecting unsafe conditions (patent 8,101,917).
William performs pro-bono legal services through Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor. He is an expert chess player and a black belt in Aikido (a Japanese martial art).
Representative patents:"Method and Apparatus for Detecting Unsafe Conditions"
U.S. Pat. No. 7,439,512
"Automated Brain MRI and CT Prescriptions in Talairach Space"
U.S. Pat. No. 7,450,983
"System and Method for Document and Data Validation"
U.S. Pat. No. 7,451,394
"System and Method for a Functional Extensibility Framework"
U.S. Pat. No. 7,590,980
"System and Method for Closed Loop Decision making in an Automated Care System"
U.S. Pat. No. 7,599,861
Highlights & Recognitions
- Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars(r), 2013.
Memberships & Affiliations
- Ohio State Bar, 2005
- United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2007
- Federal Circuit Expands Potential Liability for Inducing Infringement of Patented Methods
- CyberSource Corp. v. Retail Decisions, Inc.
- Patent Office Announces New First Action Interview Program
- Defusing the Open Source Storm
- Bilski v. Kappos: Supreme Court Refuses to Prohibit Software, Business Method, and Medical Diagnostic Method Patents
- In re Bilski:
The Federal Circuit Narrows the Patentability of Software and Business Methods
- KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc.: the Supreme Court revises the standard for obviousness
Non-FBT Publications and Events
Moderator: Measuring Quality and Value of Intellectual Property Work, CincyIP, November, 2013
Panelist: CLS Bank v. Alice, 23rd Annual Seminar on Significant Issues in the Intellectual Property Law of Computers and Cyberspace, University of Dayton School of Law, June 2013
Panelist: Strategies for Software Protection, CincyIP, June 2012
Moderator: Microsoft v. i4i, 21st Annual Seminar on Significant Issues in the Intellectual Property Law of Computers and Cyberspace, University of Dayton School of Law, June 2011
Panelist: The Past, Present and Future of Protecting Software in a Digitalized, Wired World, ITechLaw World Technology Law Conference and Annual Meeting, May, 2011
Author: "History of Intellectual Property Protection for Computer Software" ITechLaw World Technology Conference Paper (2011)
Author: "Bilski v. Kappos: Understanding the Most Important Patent Decision of the New Millennium" September 2010 CBA Report 8 (2010)
Panelist: Privacy Considerations for Business Use of Social Networking/Behavioral Advertising, SWA-ACC (Southwest Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel) CLE Seminar, June 2010
Speaker: Information Technology Legal Issues, Information Systems Security Association, June 2010
Speaker: Proposed Local Patent Rules for the Southern District of Ohio
Moderated Panel Discussion presented by CincyIP, January, 2009
Speaker: Can you Secure the Infrastructure Around the Data You Must Save
Electronic Discovery Webinar Presented with Ecora Software, April, 2008
Speaker: Snapshot of Current Data Security/Breach Requirements - Judicial Responses
Privacy and Information Security Group Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Louisville, Kentucky 2007
Speaker: Preparing for Data Breaches Privacy and Information Security Breakfast Forum, Cincinnati, Ohio 2007
Speaker: Conically shaped can be equivalent to "spherically shaped." DePuy Spine, Inc. v. Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc., Cincinnati Bar Association Intellectual Property Litigation Committee, Cincinnati, Ohio 2007
Author: "Use of the Accused Device in Patent Claim Construction." 23 Intell. Prop. L. Newsl. 18 (2004).