Rutan & Tucker LLP, one of California’s leading full-service law firms, recently announced that seasoned attorney Bill Schaal has joined the firm as a partner in its Intellectual Property group and a member of its Corporate/Securities/Tax Section. He practices in the firm’s Orange County office.

Being registered as a patent attorney with the United States Patent Office, he concentrates his practice on counseling and services in connection with patent-related matters. As a partner, Schaal handles the development of intellectual property (IP) portfolios for many clients, from multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporations to start-up companies. In fact, this month, one of his clients was recently acquired by a technology titan for the sum of $3 billion dollars.

Over the last two decades, Schaal has had an amazing track record in obtaining valuable patents over a wide range of technological fields, including computer electronics and mechanics, software, networking, and data security. His educational background and expertise lends itself to the counseling of high-technology and emerging companies, as well as companies in the mechanical art fields. He also handles a variety of other patent-related matters, including offensive and defensive patent portfolio reviews; validity and non-infringement analyses and opinions of third party patents; and due diligence investigations prompted by acquisition or licensing ventures.

Schaal has lectured on a variety of topics in the fields of patent prosecution and affirmative defenses in patent litigation, and has been recognized in various national publications including Los Angeles magazine and the American Lawyer. Schaal earned his law degree from Loyola Law School. He received his undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Management Science (business) from the University of California, San Diego.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Bill to Rutan,” said Steve Nichols, managing partner of the firm. “His strong legal capabilities and considerable experience are important assets for our clients.”


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