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William E. Wooten

Of Counsel

William E. Wooten

Of Counsel

(864) 271-1592


Licensed to practice in:

District of Columbia, North Carolina, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Representative Practice Areas:

  • Preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications
  • Rendering patent-related opinions, including validity, infringement, and right-to-practice opinions


  • Will joined Dority & Manning in 2017.
  • Prior to joining Dority & Manning, Will worked for an IP boutique in Washington, D.C., where he prepared and prosecuted patent applications in the computer and telecommunications arts and litigated IP disputes.
  • Prior to law school, Will served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and worked in IT for an aerospace-wire manufacturer.

Professional Background:

  • Education: North Carolina State University (B.S., Computer Science, summa cum laude, 2004); University of North Carolina (J.D., with honors, 2010).
  • Honors: Law Review, Gressman-Pollitt Award for Oral Advocacy.
  • Publications: Forum-Selection Clause in Patent License May Thwart Licensee’s Efforts to Seek PTAB Review of Licensed Patents, Dority & Manning (April 18, 2018), available here.