Agreements affecting intellectual property assets are critical to the underlying value of those assets. The relative value of intellectual property can be greatly enhanced through thoughtful, effective, and clear agreements. Kaleo Legal’s IP attorneys practitioners routinely handle all types of intellectual property licensing and technology agreements for organizations ranging from start-ups, to technology transfer offices, to multinational corporations, by demonstrating a true understanding of the underlying technology, significant business acumen, and mastery of the applicable legal principles. In addition, Kaleo Legal directs the creation, registration, and enforcement of its clients’ IP portfolios, including trademark, patent, and copyright portfolios, in addition to partnering with its employment attorneys to fully protect its clients trade secrets. And, when necessary, Kaleo Legal’s attorneys serve as lead counsel, co-counsel, and local counsel, in litigation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings over its clients’ IP rights. Kaleo Legal’s attorneys have litigated patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret cases across the country, in jurisdictions from California, to Texas, to New York, but most often in the “Rocket Docket” of the Eastern District of Virginia, where our attorneys are truly known as members of the small bar of go-to attorneys in complex IP cases.
Intellectual Property Team:
William R. Poynter
Billy serves as the fractional General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for several companies, and he has a great deal of experience assisting software providers with their commercial needs, including drafting and negotiating licensing agreements, partner agreements, and services agreements of all kinds. As an extension of the in-house department, Billy supports software sales teams in all aspects of their legal needs, and is an integral part of their achieving sales and revenue quotas on a quarterly and annual basis.
He focuses his practice on intellectual property law, including IP assessment, creation, and enforcement; dispute resolution; and particularly the IP issues surrounding software creation, development, and implementation. In fact, he has extensive experience with drafting and negotiating commercial contracts of all kinds. And he has assisted in the acquisition and sale of technology companies for larger-scale clients, especially in the software industry.
Billy also maintains an active litigation practice at Kaleo Legal, mostly in the federal courts of the Eastern District of Virginia. As a full-time litigator for much of his career, Billy has handled IP cases involving a variety of technologies, including software, business methods, telecommunications technology, mechanical devices, chemical compositions, and electrical technology. He has litigated cases around the country, including in popular patent litigation jurisdictions such as the Central and Northern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and the District of Delaware. Billy has particular experience litigating patent, intellectual property, and other cases in the Eastern District of Virginia, also known as the “Rocket Docket,” as both lead and local counsel. He is extremely well versed in addressing the e-discovery issues that accompany complex litigation. Billy is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.
After graduating from law school at UVA, Billy spent one year practicing at a large firm in Washington, DC, before clerking for The Honorable Alvin A. Schall, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before joining Kaleo Legal, he served as the co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation practice at Williams Mullen. Throughout his practice, Billy has represented domestic and international companies of all sizes and types, including startups, mid-sized companies, and Fortune 500 companies, in various industry sectors such as software, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, and transportation.
Billy is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers, and has been regularly named as Virginia Legal Elite for Intellectual Property by Virginia Business. He has been ranked in Chambers USA since 2014 for Intellectual Property, has been named to Best Lawyers in America since 2015, and has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Billy maintains membership in the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Division and the Federal Circuit Bar Association, in addition to sitting on the committee of the Law Practice Management Division of the Virginia Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of the Directors of the Norfolk Forum and is a member of the Greater Norfolk Corporation. He spent ten years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Opera, including as a member of the Executive Committee. In 2010, Inside Business named Billy to its list of the Hampton Roads “Top 40 Under 40.”
He earned his undergraduate degrees from Washington & Lee University in 1998, a bachelor of science in chemistry and a bachelor of arts in medieval and renaissance studies, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2002.
Years of Experience: 18
Past Work Experience: Hunton & Williams, Clerk – US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Williams Mullen
Professional Affiliations: ABA, VBA, VSB, DC Bar, FCBA, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, FBA
Awards & Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, VA Legal Elite, VA Superlawyers, Top 40 Under 40, Inside Business Entrepreneurial Excellence
Bar Admissions: Virginia, District of Columbia
Will Dickinson focuses his fractional general counsel practice on negotiating technology transactions for fast-paced sales organizations, managing the legal needs for software sales teams, managing clients’ large trademark portfolios, and augmenting the commercial and intellectual property capabilities of clients’ in-house legal departments.
Will has experience in:
- Technology transactions and other commercial-contract negotiations
- Intellectual property licensing
- Trademark and copyright prosecution
- Intellectual property portfolio management and counseling
- Intellectual property litigation
- Commercial dispute resolution
- Trademark Trial and Appeal Board litigation
- Domain-name (UDRP) arbitration
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) counseling and registration
Throughout his career, Will has helped clients ranging from growth-oriented sales organizations of all sizes, to Fortune 500 companies with large intellectual property portfolios, to startups and mid-sized businesses with important intellectual property assets, to state agencies with mission-critical IT systems.
Will has been named among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine, a “Rising Star” and a “Super Lawyer” by Virginia Super Lawyers, a 2019 “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, named in Best Lawyers in America for Trade Secrets Law and Intellectual Property Litigation, named “Lawyer of the Year” for Trade Secrets in the Norfolk Region, and named a Richmond Times Dispatch “Readers’ Choice Lawyer.”
Prior to joining Kaleo Legal, Will practiced at an Am Law 200 law firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Will received his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Wake Forest Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
Will has served on the Sports Backers President’s Council, as the Chair of the Wake Forest University School of Law Rose Council, on the Executive Committee of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Richmond Light the Night Walk, on the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s IMPACT Award Committee, and as a mentor at Startup Virginia. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, Richmond Bar Association, and the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association.
John Swingle focuses his practice on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; IP assessment, acquisition, licensing, and enforcement. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2007, John spent three years in California as an associate in one of the country’s largest IP law firms. More recently, John worked as an associate in Williams Mullen’s Intellectual Property Section.
John has experience in:
- Patent prosecution, including drafting and filing provisional and non-provisional patent applications
- Trademark prosecution
- Drafting and negotiating intellectual property licenses
- Client counseling regarding a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including infringement, invalidity, and commercialization issues; IP portfolio assessment and strategy; and freedom-to-operate searching and analyses
- Preparation of formal opinion letters
- Representing plaintiffs and defendants in connection with intellectual property litigation
He earned his undergraduate degrees from Duke University in 2003, a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science. He earned his juris doctor from Harvard Law School in 2007.
John is admitted to practice law in the states of California, Virginia, and Florida. He is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Years of Experience: 13
Past Work Experience: Knobbe Martens, Williams Mullen
Bar Admissions: Virginia, Florida, California (inactive status)
Mike’s practice is focused on start-up businesses and entrepreneurs. Following his graduation with honors from the Duke Law School Masters of Law program in Law and Entrepreneurship he has been providing outside counsel services for a wide range of early stage and high-growth clients in the greater Richmond area. He advises and assists business clients with corporate and intellectual property law issues as well as startup companies raising capital through private equity offerings, from pre-seed startup capital to later stage venture capital offerings. In addition he serves as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Richmond where he teaches courses in business and intellectual property law, including Advising the Entrepreneur and Drafting Intellectual Property Transactions.
He is committed to helping clients build their innovative ideas into successful businesses. Mike also serves as a mentor to entrepreneurs across the entrepreneurial ecosystem, volunteering with Startup Virginia, Lighthouse Labs to provide support for the startup community.
Mike received his B.A. from Middlebury College, followed by a Master’s degree from Norwich University before attending the Richmond University School of Law, graduating with honors and awards for excellence in the studies of Intellectual Property.
Alexandra Gabriel joined Kaleo Legal in November 2020 and focuses her practice on intellectual property and employment matters. As intellectual property counsel, Alex works with companies to maximize, protect, and enforce their intellectual property through portfolio development, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing, and litigation. As employment counsel, Alex assists clients with navigating federal and state statutes and regulations, such as Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the National Labor Relations Act, and she serves as litigation counsel for clients facing employment-related claims. Alex helps businesses protect their proprietary information and trade secrets through the use of internal policies, confidentiality and restrictive covenant agreements, and litigation. She is well versed in litigation, transactional matters, and client counseling, and she serves as fractional IP and employment counsel for several companies.
Alex earned her undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University and her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to joining Kaleo Legal, Alex clerked for the Circuit Court for the City of Virginia Beach and practiced at Williams Mullen, an Am Law 200 law firm. She was recognized by Best Lawyers as among the “Ones to Watch” for 2021.