United States - Washington Bill Harmon

Partner - Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

Bill Harmon’s practice focuses on intellectual property and cybersecurity litigation and counselling, providing clients with solutions that protect their ability to innovate and deliver high-quality products and services to their customers.

Digital crimes

Mr Harmon employs Big Data and software-enhanced investigation techniques to identify and combat cloud service and brand abuse. He uses technical measures and legal actions to eliminate botnets, disrupt the distribution of malicious applications that invade privacy and neutralise online marketplace abuses, including phishing scams.

Intellectual property

Mr Harmon develops litigation strategies to bring critical issues to light early in a case and drive resolutions that deliver favourable outcomes for his clients. Representative cases include:

  • StrikeForce Technologies, Inc v Duo Security, Inc defending Duo Security from claims of infringement relating to two-factor authentication.
  • Uniloc v Microsoft Corporation – defending Microsoft from claims of infringement relating to online communications systems. Case settled before claim construction.

Mr Harmon is also experienced in the use of inter partes reviews as an adjunct to litigation proceedings.

In-house counsel experience

Before joining Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, Mr Harmon spent more than a decade as in-house counsel at Microsoft. He led a team that defended patent conflicts, licensed patents, oversaw the prosecution of strategic portfolios and pursued secondary patent market transactions. He was given the opportunity to lead an international team of attorneys and engineers that established IP provisions and technical specification in standards bodies.

As the leader of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, Mr Harmon used his IP skills in a non-traditional role, protecting Microsoft’s cloud properties and their customers. He finished his career at Microsoft as a member of Microsoft’s patent litigation group, where he was responsible for all aspects of a case docket involving flagship Microsoft products.


Mr Harmon has been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington on intellectual property and cybercrime. He was also an adjunct professor of IP licensing law at Seattle University School of Law from 2007 to 2011.

Professional associations

  • IPO
  • Seattle IP Inn of Court

Firm details

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Columbia Centre
701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 6800
Seattle WA 98104
United States

Contact details

E: wharmon@shb.com
T: +1 206 344 7601
F: +1 206 344 3113
W: www.shb.com


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