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William T. McGrath

Davis McGrath LLC

Chicago, IL, USA


William T. McGrath is a member in the Chicago law firm of Davis McGrath LLC.  He has practiced in the fields of intellectual property and business litigation since 1976. His primary areas of concentration are copyright, trademark, and computer law, as well as publishing law, trade secret law, software licensing, and other matters relating to the high-tech and information industry.  His practice involves issues relating to the ownership, licensing, protection and infringement of intellectual property rights. He has experience not only in counseling and litigation in these areas, but also in arbitration and mediation. 

Mr. McGrath serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Intellectual Property at The John Marshall Law School where he is also an adjunct faculty member. He teaches courses in Copyright Law and Copyright Litigation in the graduate program.  He is a Past President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and a past Chair of the Patent, Trademark & Copyright Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Copyright Society of the USA and the Board of the Lawyers for the Creative Arts.

He is the author of numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on copyright and computer law issues. He is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the ABA Intellectual Property Law magazine, Landslide.

He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Washington University. He is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court as well as the Seventh Circuit and the Federal Circuit. He is a member of the Trial Bar in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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