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William E. Kuss

Fax +1.412.355.6501
Mr. Kuss’ practice involves all phases of intellectual property law relating to domestic and foreign intellectual property assets, particularly in the areas of patent and trademark procurement, portfolio management, and counseling. He focuses on patent and trademark prosecution and acquisition, licensing, clearance, and enforcement and is experienced with day-to-day counseling of large patent and trademark portfolios. Mr. Kuss also represents emerging companies and assists in their development of all related IP matters to increase corporate IP assets and value. Mr. Kuss’ practice also embraces the preparation of freedom-to-operate, patentability, and validity opinions, the transfer and licensing of intellectual property assets, as well as merger and acquisition-related due diligence and counseling.

Mr. Kuss technical emphasis has particular focus in the chemical, biochemical, electrochemical, and mechanical arts. As an experienced chemical engineer, examples of his technical concentration include polymerization and polymer processing, particularly relating to commercial films and molded articles for commercial products, organic coatings and resins, particularly relating to paints and stains, polyurethane and polycarbonate technologies and their related articles, electrically conductive polymers, photovoltaic (solar) technologies, rigid foams, polymer catalysts and additives, and semiconductor processing. Mr. Kuss also represents clients with a technical focus in biotechnology, gene editing, stem cell technologies, medicinal drug delivery, nanotechnology, food science, sterilization systems, metal alloy chemistry, and oil and gas production.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Kuss served as a senior project engineer and production manager at a Fortune 100 company where he was responsible for overseeing facility operation. He also worked in the government sector as a technical consultant in matters of federal and state regulations.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association