William Hamby is an intellectual property attorney with the Specialty Products Division of DowDuPont™ in Wilmington, Delaware. He has provided counsel on IP matters to several businesses on behalf of the heritage DuPont Company, including DuPont’s Performance Materials, Performance Polymers, Central Research & Development, and Agricultural Chemicals divisions. His IP experience extends across numerous polymer platforms in a variety of fields, including automotive components, energy, consumer electronics, and medical applications. His responsibilities include preparing and prosecuting patent applications globally (via the USPTO, PCT, and national-stage examinations); leading teams to monitor and evaluate third party patent positions; managing an active docket of oppositions before the European Patent Office; and, proactively engaging technology and business teams to identify inventions of strategic importance and to implement appropriate legal protection to best support business objectives.
Mr. Hamby has structured, negotiated and prepared joint development agreements, patent licenses, university/government research contracts, and technology option agreements. He has served as lead IP attorney for several transactions including a major divestiture, joint development programs, and technology collaborations. He regularly designs and conducts in-house legal seminars, on topics ranging from basic patent principles to the AIA. Mr. Hamby has managed cross-functional teams on projects of strategic business value and is Six Sigma-certified.
Mr. Hamby earned a BSE degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and a JD degree from the University of Detroit. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and registered to practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is admitted (for DuPont only) to the Delaware Bar.