William S. Morriss

T 513.651.6915
F 513.651.6981
301 East Fourth Street
Great American Tower, Suite 3300
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

William is an IP attorney with more than a decade of experience working with inventors and startups, as well as major publicly traded companies, to develop, license and protect their software and other intellectual property assets. Prior to practicing law, William earned a computer science degree and now applies this technological expertise to his own practice, having co-invented and acquired patent 8,589,306 for open source license management technology and co-founded the legal software company IP Toolworks LLC, which uses algorithms based on current best practices to facilitate the patent application process.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars®, 2013, 2018.
  • Co-inventor of "Open Source License Management" U.S. Pat. No. 8,589,306
  • Co-founder of IP Toolworks
  • Certified One Trust Privacy Management Professional, 2019
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals, 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar, 2005
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2007

FBT Publications

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Speaker: Recent Developments in Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, 28th Annual University of Dayton Program in Law and Technology Seminar, June 2018 

Speaker: Bankers & Bitcoins: What You Need to Know, Bankers & Bagels presented by Frost Brown Todd & BKD CPAs and Advisors, May 2018

Speaker: Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin: Models, opportunities, threats and risk management, 10th Annual NKU Cybersecurity Symposium, October 2017

Presenter: IANYA Chat Ep. 4 “Everything’s obvious with hindsight” 

Presenter: IANYA Chat Ep. 3 “The first half million goes to patent protection”

Speaker: Intellectual property and open source licensing basics, The Perl Conference, June 2017

Presenter: IANYA Chat Ep. 2 “Promoting progress in the useful art of BBQ” 

Presenter: IANYA Chat Ep. 1 “You lost me at no patent” 

Speaker:  Accounting for Everything but Alice while Patenting Tomorrow's Data Security Technology, University of Dayton's 25th Annual Program in Law and Technology Seminar, June 2015

Panelist:  Limitations of Intellectual Property Based Assets, ITechLaw World Technology Law Conference and Annual Meeting, May 2015

Author:  Surviving and Thriving in a New World of Patent Eligible Subject Matter, ITechLaw World Technology Law Conference Paper (2015)

Interviewee:  Impact of 3D Printing Technology on the Law, LawyerMade Magazine, August 2014

Speaker:  Continuing Developments in Patent, Copyright and Trademark Law:  an Overview of the U.S. Supreme Court's Docket of Intellectual Property Cases, Louisville Bar Association (2014)

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).

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