William "Billy" Oliver is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston office. Mr. Oliver focuses his practice on intellectual property (IP) in the areas of patent and trademark prosecution, IP litigation, IP due diligence and IP licensing.

Mr. Oliver's prosecution practice includes domestic and foreign patent and trademark prosecution and strategic portfolio counseling to tailor rights to meet the needs of his clients, who span from independent inventors to startup companies to global corporations. He is experienced in a variety of technical fields such as software methods, data storage, autonomous vehicles, machine learning algorithms, medical devices, sensor design and subsea petroleum exploration technologies.

Mr. Oliver has represented clients in litigation matters involving issues such as patent ownership disputes, trade secrets and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) claims. He has also successfully resolved matters prior to litigation from parties asserting patent rights against his clients.

Mr. Oliver's transactional practice includes advising clients on IP due diligence for corporate transactions and drafting license agreements. He ensures merger and acquisition (M&A) deals include all the purported IP rights for both buy-side and sell-side transactions. He also drafts license agreements for transferring and monetizing the IP rights of his clients.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Oliver developed a holistic engineering and business-minded approach to protecting his clients' IP rights. During law school, he served as in-house counsel, managing a global IP portfolio for a manufacturing company. Prior to law school, he solved multi-disciplinary problems at a Fortune 100 manufacturing company in technical sales, management and software development roles.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Oliver provides pro bono advice and assistance to asylum seekers and public interest organizations.


  • University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Colorado Boulder, B.S., Chemical Engineering
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office