Rasheed McWilliams focuses  on  intellectual property litigation, particularly patent and trademark litigation. He has amassed a stellar track record as lead trial counsel representing corporate clients in a wide range of technologies, primarily before the federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. He possess particularly deep experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

Mr. McWilliams formerly practiced intellectual property litigation at Fish & Richardson, P.C. In addition to his intellectual property practice, Mr. McWilliams has represented a variety of business clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters. Mr. McWilliams also has experience with entertainment transactions in the fields of film and television, music, broadcast and satellite radio, and book publishing, including in relation to content acquisition, divestment, and licensing agreements.

Representative Matters

  • First chair trial counsel for defendants and counterclaim-plaintiffs in a copyright and trade dress infringement jury trial before the United States District Court for the Central District of California relating to a line of successful adult toys. After a four-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of non-infringement of copyrights and trade dress for all defendants on all causes of action and a finding of liability on a copyright infringement counterclaim filed by two of the counterclaim plaintiffs;
  • First chair trial counsel for defendant and counterclaim-plaintiff in trademark infringement action bench trial before the United States District Court for the Central District of California relating to the Original Michel® trademarks for Western boots. After a one-day bench trial, the Court returned a verdict of non-infringement against Defendant and a finding of trademark infringement against the counterclaim-defendant;
  • Lead counsel for large pharmaceutical company in patent infringements actions filed at the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas relating to Coenzyme Q10 formulations;
  • Lead counsel for defendant in patent infringement action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California relating to interlocking laminate floors resulting in a favorable settlement for defendant.
  • First chair trial counsel for defendant historically black college in a breach of contract action filed in the Richmond County Superior Court in Georgia. After a one-day bench trial, the Court returned a complete defense verdict.