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William E. McCracken

William E. McCracken

McCracken & Gillen LLC

Oak Brook, IL, USA

William McCracken’s career spans more than 30 years assisting companies of all sizes in identifying, protecting, and exploiting their technologies and proprietary processes. Bill has focused his intellectual property practice on patent, trade secret, and trademark litigation, and has also participated in the preparation and prosecution of hundreds of patent applications in the electrical, electro- mechanical, software, and mechanical arts. Bill’s experience has not only included defense of clients but also enforcement of their IP rights. Using his business acumen, he has counseled clients in creating value from their intellectual property by designing sophisticated licensing programs and joint venture initiatives. Bill’s clients include Fortune 500 companies and privately held multi- national corporations engaged in a variety of technologies.

Bill also has extensive experience in the preparation of patent opinions, licensing agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, trademark opinions, applications for trademark registration, and other IP enforcement actions. Prior to forming his own firm, Bill had been a partner at two prestigious Chicago intellectual property firms where he engaged in significant competitive analyses in a broad range of technological competencies, including:

Agricultural Implements

Electric Motors

Medical Devices

Air Pollution Cleaning Devices

Electrical Engineering


Engine Control Systems

Air Quality Monitoring Devices

Packaging Technology

Aircraft Control Systems

Entertainment Systems

Piezoelectric Pumps


Environmental Engineering

Extrusion Technology

Power Conversion Systems

Filter Designs

Automated Trading Systems

Printing Technology

Automatic Guided Vehicles

Software Engineering

Automotive Vehicle Seats

Food Storage Bags

Semiconductor Design


Fuel Cells

Speaker Systems

Business Method Software

Fuel Injection Systems

Sports Equipment

Cellular Telephones

Gas Turbines

Communication Systems

Surgical Navigation Systems


Thermoplastic Containers

Computer Science

Graphic Arts and Printing

Tool Holding Devices

Consumer Products

Wireless Networks

Industrial Pumps & Motors

Liquid Crystal Displays

Data Mass Storage Systems


Insect Control Devices

E-Book Technology

Demand Optimization Software


Chicago Bar Association

Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago American Intellectual Property Law Association

Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle (FICPI) Eta Kappa Nu

The Lawyer’s Club of Chicago Richard Linn American Inn of Court


J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law

B.S., Electrical Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

William E. McCracken is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Examiner Interviews (PowerPoint slides) - Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2017: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation, Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The Examiner Interview (February 10, 2017) - Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2017: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation, Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2018: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation, Tuesday, May 08, 2018, Chicago, IL

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