William Bollman

E: william.bollman@fisherbroyles.com

T: (301) 502-9135

Washington, D.C. Office


Practice Areas:

  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions:

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland Registered Patent Attorney,
  • US Patent and Trademark Office


  • George Washington University Law School, JD, 1993
  • University of Delaware, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, 1982
  • Clemson University, Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering

Large Law Firm Experience:

  • Cushman, Darby & Cushman
  • Pillsbury

Corporate Experience:

  • AT&T Bell Labs and Microelectronics
  • Northrop Grumman Denro Systems


William Bollman’s practice focuses on the broad spectrum of Intellectual Property matters, particularly in the electrical, mechanical, and health-related fields. He has testified on numerous occasions on behalf of patentees, being on the winning side every time. William has significant experience in the preparation and prosecution of patents, having written and successfully prosecuted hundreds and hundreds. William also has significant experience in patent-related opinions, particularly regarding the validity, infringement, invalidity and/or non-infringement of issued patents. William has also handled a number of Reexamination and Reissue applications, and has been counsel on a number of Inter Partes Reviews.

Large Firm Experience

William handled patent prosecution and litigation matters at the legacy firm Cushman, Darby & Cushman, eventually merging with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman). William was then a founding member of Manelli, Denison and Selter. For over 25 years William has successfully built valuable patent portfolios for small, medium and large technology companies that not only protect products in the marketplace, and build securable assets for a growing company, but which also continue to generate significant cash royalties. William has written important and lucrative patents in fields such as text messaging, lasers, fiber optics, cable TV modems, location, prepaid messaging, video streaming, cyber, VoIP, wireless, smartphones, email, E911, SMS, SIP, laser eye surgery, and telehealth, to name just a few.

Corporate Experience

William was a practicing engineer for more than 10 years. After undergraduate school William worked at AT&T Bell Labs and Microelectronics in Reading, Pennsylvania (later Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, and LSI), as a design engineer in the manufacture of fiber optics, semiconductor products, lasers, high speed communications circuits and computers.

William was then recruited by Denro, Inc. (now Northrop Grumman Denro Systems) to design and implement a new digital air traffic communication system for use in control towers and launch facilities. For the next five years William designed communication systems from the ground up, including software, firmware, customized electronics, and network interfacing, becoming proficient in six computer languages, and acquiring knowledge of standards established for the worldwide communications industry, including CDMA, TDMA, ISDN, SS7, GSM, I2C and CCITT, among many others. William’s air traffic control system, as of very recently, was still in use in a number of air traffic control towers.