- Patents 75%
- IP / Technology Contracts 15%
- Copyrights 5%
- Trademarks 5%
William G. Pagán
William G. Pagán is a multi award-winning patent attorney, a member of the NC State Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame, and a named inventor on over 130 patent applications; an achievement that earned him the title of Master Inventor over the course of nearly 15 years of developing patentable technologies for IBM in various software/hardware engineering and intellectual property roles. In 2010 in particular, he was named IBM's RTP Inventor of the Year.
Nationally-recognized as a Hispanic Luminary in the STEM disciplines at the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference, Will has significant technical experience in software, computers, telecommunications, consumer electronics, systems management, & related fields. In addition to his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science, he graduated Summa Cum Laude (highest honors) from NCCU Law as their Evening Program valedictorian.
Will uses his engineering and business background to represent inventors and other content creators in obtaining, enforcing, and monetizing patent, copyright, and trademark rights. He also helps clients understand and navigate the intellectual property rights of others. His experience as a private patent attorney, corporate patent engineer, and hardware/software developer gives him significant insight into the legal, business, and technical sides to patent development, enforcement, valuation, licensing, and transfer objectives.
Will's professional engineering experience includes over a decade in IBM's server development business, leading teams across companies and geographies in the development of software to interface with the embedded software and micro-controllers in IBM's Intel x86/64 and Power PC-based server architectures, whether in rack, tower, chassis, blade, or cloud configurations. His leadership work on IBM’s Intel-based Thurley platforms in particular won him an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.
Will's leadership throughout his storied legal and engineering careers has also been marked by committed volunteer service and mentorship. Will proudly serves his community as the NC Wing Legal Officer of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), United States Air Force Auxiliary, in which he holds the grade of Captain. CAP is congressionally chartered to provide emergency services (e.g., air/ground search and rescue, disaster relief), aerospace education, and youth programs to the public. The NC Wing Legal Officer is an attorney pro bono volunteer that is a member of the NC Wing Commander's staff and supervises a team of Assistant Legal Officers (who are also attorneys) throughout NC. He advises on the legal implications of CAP programs and activities, which may include issues pertaining to, e.g., interpretation of laws and regulations; contracts and agreements; insurance; real estate; taxation; investigations; corporate records and organizations; and relations with local agencies. For his pro bono service, Will was admitted to the NC Pro Bono Honor Society of 2017 and was the 2019 recipient of the NC Bar Association IP Law Section's Outstanding Achievement Pro Bono Award.
Will's leadership in the legal and engineering professions have been recognized numerous times over. In 2016 and 2018, Will was recognized by NC Lawyers Weekly as one of their Leaders in the Law; a honor given to only 30 or so attorneys statewide each year. He was also honored in 2018 as one of NCCU's Top 40 Under 40; an honor only given biennially to outstanding alumni for significant contributions in the arts, law, entertainment, healthcare, sciences, the military, education, business, philanthropy, and public service. In 2007, he was also given a Star Award by the Distributed Management Task Force for his work in developing systems management protocol conformance programs.
Will is admitted to practice law in North Carolina, as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a life member of the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers and the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals.
- North Carolina, 2014
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2010
- Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers, Life Member
- North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals, Life Member, Present
Pro Bono Activities
- Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary, NCWG Legal Officer, 04/2015 to Present
- Innocence Project, Case Manager, 08/2010 to 05/2012
- IBM, Patent Engineer/Analyst, 2011 to 2013
- IBM, Software Engineer, 1999 to 2011
- Intellectual Property: Securing a Competitive Advantage in the Marketplace, North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals, 2017
- Effective IP Asset Protection for Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical Facing Subject Matter Eligibility Challenges in 2016, The Knowledge Group, 2016
- Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, The Knowledge Group, 2016
- Effective Leadership of Invention Brainstorming, IBM, 2011 to 2013
- Being a Successful Inventor, IBM, 2007 to 2013
- Efficiently Writing Effective Patent Disclosures, IBM, 2007 to 2013
- North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
- Master of Computer Science
- Honors: Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame
Pace University, New York, New York
- B.S., Computer Science
- NC State Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame, Member
- Master Inventor, IBM
- Research Triangle Park Inventor of the Year, IBM, 2010
- Outstanding Technical Achievement, IBM, 2007
- Outstanding Achievement Pro Bono, NC Bar Association IP Law Section, 2019
- Leaders in the Law, NC Lawyers Weekly, 2016, 2018
- NC Pro Bono Honor Society, 2017, 2018
- Top 40 Under 40, North Carolina Central University, 2018
- Luminary Award, Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference, 2007
- Super Lawyers Intellectual Property Rising Star, 2019
- Star Award, Distributed Management Task Force, 2007