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NEEDLE, William H

NEEDLE, William H Photograph William H. Needle is the founder of Needle & Rosenberg, P.C., one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the Southeast. He has exclusively practiced patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law over his entire 36-year career. Mr. Needle is an adjunct professor of Licensing Law at Emory University School of Law and adjunct professor of Patent Law at Georgia State University College of Law. He serves as a mediator or arbitrator in complex disputes involving intellectual property issues and has been an expert witness in patent, trademark, and copyright infringement actions. On several occasions, he has been appointed to serve as a Special Master by U.S. District Court Judges in patent infringement cases wherein his recommendations on validity, infringement, and damages in two actions were affirmed by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Needle has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia for intellectual property law issues for over 30 years and is a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of the State Bar of Georgia. He is a member of several organizations: the Advisory Board of The Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI: GER) program, a collaboration between Georgia Tech and Emory Law School that prepares students to commercialize new technologies; the Advisory Board of the School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and the Advisory Board of Georgia Tech’s College of Sciences. In addition, he served on the committee that was tasked with formulating Local Rules regarding patent litigation for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia.

Mr. Needle’s peers in the legal community voted him one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite” every year from 2003 to 2007 and named him one of the “Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers” every year from 2004 to 2007. He has also been listed as one of the best intellectual property lawyers in Atlanta for over ten years in The Best Lawyers in America®. Additionally, he is a certified “Memphis in May” barbecue judge.

Mr. Needle graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1967. He received his J.D. from the Emory University School of Law in 1970.

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