William R. Thornewell


William Thrornewell is an associate at Leason Ellis, where he focuses on patent related matters.  Bill works with a wide variety of clients from large corporations with global footprints, to small businesses and startups, to individual inventors seeking counseling regarding a new idea.  He has assisted clients in various technology areas including oil and gas, automotive, robotics, medical devices, renewable energy, 3D manufacturing, food and beverage, consumer products, graphical user interface and icon design, and fashion and jewelry, among others.  Bill strives to provide value to clients by helping to protect their intellectual property at all phases, from inception to enforcement, including providing opinions on patentability, freedom-to-operate studies, infringement, and validity issues so that they can make informed decisions on intellectual property matters.

Bill is, at heart, a science nerd and technophile who relishes the opportunity to immerse himself in a client’s new innovations, while also providing sound legal advice and counseling geared towards helping the client achieve its business objectives.  Bill holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating magna cum laude.  He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, cum laude, and was awarded the Thomas F. Reddy, Jr. Prize for study focusing on all areas of intellectual property law.

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude, 2003
  • New York
  • Darby & Darby, Associate, 2006-2008