William G. Hughes is a founding Principal of Brake Hughes Bellermann LLP. Mr. Hughes focuses his practice on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in technologies including wireless networks and devices, enterprise solution software, semiconductor devices, process control systems, toys and consumer products, network security, optics, and telecommunications. Mr. Hughes also provides patent analysis and client counseling including infringement and validity opinions, as well as pre-suit and pre-purchase due diligence related to existing patents or patent portfolios.
Prior to founding Brake Hughes Bellermann LLP, Mr. Hughes worked in the Washington, DC office of Fish & Richardson P.C., where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technology areas, and managed applications on appeal before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI). Mr. Hughes was involved in the active harvesting of invention disclosures as part of clients’ patent portfolio development efforts, and performed patentability and clearance analyses for existing and potential patent applications.
Prior to working for Fish & Richardson, Mr. Hughes worked in the Reston, VA office of Cooley Godward LLP. There, Mr. Hughes focused his practice on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, and was involved in the litigation of patent cases before U.S. District Courts related to semiconductor fabrication and ecommerce.
Mr. Hughes also worked in the Washington, DC office of Sughrue Mion PLLC, where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the fields of semiconductor processing, lasers and optics, video encoding, automotive technology, satellite communication systems, printers and copiers, medical devices, and cell telephony.
Additionally, Mr. Hughes worked as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications in the field of active solid-state devices.
• Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2000
• Boston University, M.S.E.E., 1997
• University of Notre Dame, B.S., Applied Physics, 1995
Bar and Court Admissions:
• Virginia and District of Columbia
• Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office