William D. Hall

Bill has been practicing patent, trademark, copyright and related law for more than sixty years and actively counsels and assists in the representation of the firm’s clients. In addition to Bill’s extensive experience in private practice, he served in the Patent Section of the Signal Corps, War Department from 1940-1947; as Chief of the Patent Section, Signal Corps from 1946-1947; and on the Army-Navy Patent Advisory Board from 1945-1947.

Bill received his J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law; and his B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E. AND E.E. degrees from West Virginia University. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia; Maryland; U.S. Claims Court; U.S. Supreme Court; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Distinguished Alumni Academy
William D. Hall
Inducted: 05/08/1993

William D. (Bill) Hall, born in Elkins, WV, received the degrees BSEE (1934), MSEE (1935), and EE (1940) from WVU and JD (1946) from George Washington University.

After nearly four years at General Electric, he invented and designed several new electrical measuring instruments that were placed on the market. He worked for the War Department from 1939-47.

During World War II, he served on a high level board of experts who dealt with the latest inventions including radar and other electronic devices. From 1945-47, he was in charge of settling wartime patent claims against the Signal Corps.

Since 1947 he has been in private practice as a patent attorney. He litigated disputes over the basic patent rights to the radar, the electronic computer and other important inventions. Moreover, he has worked with many start-up companies and other small firms whose businesses were developed around inventions.

B.S. Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1934
M.S. Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1935
EE, West Virginia University, 1940
JD, George Washington University, 1946