William Cory Spence - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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William Cory Spence

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

200 East Randolph Drive

Chicago, IL 60601


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Cory Spence joined Kirkland & Ellis' Chicago Office in 2002. As a senior intellectual property associate, Mr. Spence works primarily on complex IP litigation matters. He also provides strategic IP counseling advice during all phases of product design, development and/or improvement.

He is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has worked on matters involving a wide variety of technologies such as computer processing, automotive design, nutritional compositions, electronic check conversion, reservation networks, nucleic acid detection, and electronic gaming. His broad academic background includes study and research in chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering.

In 2005, Mr. Spence was selected to attend a one-year attorney exchange between Kirkland & Ellis and the international law firm of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu in Tokyo, Japan. While in Japan, Mr. Spence assisted in further developing K&E's Asia Pacific practice and worked on a wide array of transactional, litigation, and counseling matters involving complex technology.

Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, Mr. Spence served as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Medical Service Corps and later worked in the chemical manufacturing industry in technical sales and product management.


Current Representations

Magna Donnelly Corp. v. Guardian Industries Corp., et al.(Breach of Contract, Trade Secret Misappropriation, Tortious Interference)

Nirvana Technology, Inc. (IP counseling advice)

Donnelly Corporation v. Guardian Industries Corp., et al. (Patent Infringement)

Other Representations

Gary and Cathy Henry, et al. v. The Dow Chemical Company (Toxic Tort)

GolfSwitch, Inc. v. TeeConnect, LLC (Patent Infringement)

TeleCheck International, Inc. v. LML Payment Systems, Inc. and LML Payment Systems, Corp. (Patent Infringement)

Biax Corp. v. Apple Computer Inc., International Business Machines, Corp., and Motorola, Inc. (Patent Infringement)

Kraft Foods, Inc. (various) (Patent Infringement, IP counseling advice)

Broadcast Music Inc. v. Randall Hull Enterprises, Inc. (Copyright Infringement)

BCE Emergis, Inc. v. Ariba, Inc. (Patent Infringement)

Bausch & Lomb Inc. v. Alcon Laboratories, Inc. (Patent Infringement)

Chase Products Co. v. CCL Industries, Inc. and Zotos International, Inc. (IP counseling advice)

Technical Casinos Supplies, Ltd. v. Shuffle Master Inc. (Patent Infringement)

Third Wave Technologies, Inc. v. Eragen Biosciences, Inc. (Patent Infringement)

Alliance Gaming Corp. v. International Game Technology, Inc. (Patent Infringement)

International Game Technology, Inc. (various)

(Patent Infringement, IP counseling advice)


American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Division

Federal Circuit Bar Association

Licensing Executives Society

2007-2008 United States-Japan Leadership Program DelegatE


"Key Legal Issues in Licensing," LES Technology Transfer Seminar, Boston, MA, October 12, 2006.

Moderator, "Antitrust Issues in Patent & Technology Licensing," Attorney Panel at the LES Annual Meeting, Seoul, Korea, April 10, 2006.


United States Air Force

General Chemical Corporation


2006, Circuit Court for the County of Ottawa, State of Michigan.

2006, United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

2006, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

2006, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

2004, Circuit Court for the County of Saginaw, State of Michigan.

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Law School: University of Houston Law Center
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Practice Areas: Business > Intellectual Prop
Gender: Male
Status: Single
Children: 1 Child
Age: 34
City of Residence: Chicago, IL
Home Town: Houston, TX
Home State: IL
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