William C. Baton
William C. Baton
Bill Baton represents pharmaceutical companies in complex, often high-profile, patent litigation. Bill concentrates his practice in Hatch-Waxman ANDA litigation and protecting the intellectual property of branded pharmaceutical companies. He currently serves as New Jersey litigation counsel in more than three dozen patent cases for approximately 20 major pharmaceutical companies. Bill is one of the leading members of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's patent litigation team, which was recognized in 2018 as one of the top five "Go-To" law firms for patent litigation in a report by Lex Machina. Bill's team was also ranked fourth, nationally, for the number of cases filed on behalf of patentees between 2015 and 2017, and fourth, nationally, for the number of cases filed on behalf of ANDA plaintiffs between 2009 and 2017.
Bill is vice chair of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Life Sciences & IP Litigation Group. Other representations include Felix the Cat Productions v. California Clock Co. (SDNY), a highly-publicized trademark/patent dispute involving world-renowned feline images. Bill's diverse experience includes representing insurers in coverage disputes involving commercial general liability, professional liability and life insurance products, and co-authoring a chapter in the American Bar Association's Handbook on Additional Insureds, which published its Second Edition in 2018. He has also litigated disputes involving former employees and contract cases involving intellectual property assets.
Bill devotes a significant amount of time to public service as founder and President of Stad's Crabfest Inc., a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation with recognized 501(c)(3) status devoted to raising awareness and enhancing the quality of life of those affected by cancer. His dedication to pro bono service includes a first-chair trial victory in the precedent-setting case, Hancock Assoc. LLC v. Gomez, which was featured among "Decisions of Interest" in the New York Law Journal.
Bill practices in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the state courts of New Jersey and New York.