William Cory Spence assists individual and business clients to obtain their best possible outcome in contentious legal matters. He has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration, and mediation involving all areas of intellectual property law. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Spence serves clients by providing advocacy and advice in the areas of: patent infringement; trade secret misappropriation; unfair competition (including conspiracy, tortious interference, and related antitrust claims); breach of contract; post-grant patent proceedings (e.g., inter partes review) ; trademark infringement; and copyright infringement. He has litigated claims in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. Additionally, Mr. Spence has extensive experience with patent monetization strategies and complex, international patent infringement litigation involving multiple parties and jurisdictions, most notably including Japan. He is a published author and frequent speaker on patent monetization and other intellectual property issues, and has been repeatedly recognized as an “Illinois Rising Star” and “Illinois Star,” in the area of intellectual property.
Mr. Spence is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he obtained separate Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biophysics (“Physics in Medicine”). As a student he received the distinction of Notre Dame Scholar and also earned the Monogram Award. Upon graduation from Notre Dame, Mr. Spence received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Medical Service Corps. After completing his military service, he worked for several years in the chemical industry before pursuing his legal education at the University of Houston Law Center.
Prior to forming SpencePC, Mr. Spence spent twelve years practicing law with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, IL and Tokyo, Japan.