William Pecau

Partner at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

William Pecau

William Pecau

Partner at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Biography

William G. Pecau- Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
William G. Pecau is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he is a member of the Intellectual Property group. Mr. Pecau litigates diverse trademark, false advertising, copyright, and patent cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.

As lead trial counsel, Mr. Pecau has represented clients before many federal trial and appellate courts in the United States and proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, he has been engaged in transactional matters involving the establishment of joint ventures and international and domestic intellectual property transfers, including licensing, acquisition, and financing agreements.

Before joining Steptoe, Mr. Pecau was a partner at one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, representing clients in several noteworthy cases as first chair. Prominent cases include the defense of barnesandnoble.com in a patent infringement action concerning Amazon.com’s “1-Click” business method patent, the defense of Microsoft and Expedia against Priceline.com’s "Name Your Own Price" business method patent, and the prosecution of Hewlett-Packard’s inkjet technology patent, trademark and unfair competition claims against Nu-Kote International. Another high-profile case is the Apple Computer v. Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard case concerning Apple’s claim of infringement of its Graphical User Interface by Microsoft’s Windows and HP’s NewWave.

Recent cases include a successful trial in the Middle District of Alabama against Regions University for infringement of the Regions mark of Regions Bank, a successful opposition to an application by Emerson Electric to register its Dirt Hawg and Water Hawg marks based on a family of Hog marks of Black & Decker, and a decision of the Federal Circuit in favor of Texaco against the registration of a Clear Bottle mark by Pennzoil-Quaker State.
Selected Publications

The Red Sole Survives – A Modified Louboutin Mark is Upheld By The Second Circuit
September 6, 2012
Doing Business in the United States
July 14, 2011, Practical Law Company Cross-Border Doing Business in… Handbook
Intellectual Property Advisory - Does eBay Need a Disclaimer? Tiffany v. eBay, The Second Circuit Rules
April 5, 2010
Gripe Sites: Sue or Stew
Volume 15, Number 5
February 2009, Law Journal Newsletter: The Intellectual Property Strategist
Litigating the Business Method Patent: Pitfalls for Unwary Defendants
2006, The Intellectual Property Strategist Vol 12 No 12
Exempt Organizations Advisory - Trademark Act Clarifies Issue of Proof in Dilution of Trademark Cases
October 30, 2006

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, 1982 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1977 - Present
Board Counsel to National Children Research Center (NCRC) of Washington, DC, 2006 - Present
Editor, Remarks, 1991-1993
International Trademark Association, Chair of Publications Board, 1997-1999; Vice Chair, 1995-1997; Member, Planning Committee 1993-1994
Member, Board of Directors of Covenant House New York, 1989 -Present
Member of the Advisory Board, Intellectual Property Strategist, 1995 - Present
Education

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1976, Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transactional Law
University of the South, B.A., 1973, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions

District of Columbia
New York
California
US Supreme Court
US Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit
US Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the District of Colorado
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Western District of New York
US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Overview
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Number of Boards

2

Number of Awards

12

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Education
J.D.
Class of 1976

Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tennessee, the law school combines the advantages of a stimulating university community, a top-tier faculty, a small, carefully selected student body, and a vibrant, livable city. Known for offering a rigorous academic program in a collegial, supportive atmosphere, Vanderbilt Law School attracts law students and faculty seeking a first-rate academic institution that also affords an excellent quality of life. In 2002, the law school completed an extensive renovation and expansion project, and Vanderbilt now offers its students a state-of-the-art facility with wireless internet access throughout, situated on a park-like campus that is a national arboretum.

B.A., cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1973

The University of the South is known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends and offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

Memberships
Member
1982 -

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member
1977 -

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Career History
Partner
Current

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a national Energy law firm in the US with 14 offices in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Texas and West Virginia.It is ranked by Energy Law 360 as the 12th largest energy firm in the nation with over 300 lawyers in 40 practice area.The firm offers legal services to energy producers throughout the US. The firm has particular strengths in energy law, labor and employment law and litigation and has been top-ranked by Chambers USA in the areas of Corporate & Commercial, Litigation& General Commercial, Real Estate, Natural Resources and Labor & Employment.The firm was also ranked in the 100 largest US practices in the areas of employment, energy, and insurance.

Boards & Committees
Member of the Advisory Board
1995 - ?
Vice Chair
Prior

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. The not-for-profit Association was founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers who saw a need for an organization “to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners, to secure useful legislation and to give aid and encouragement to all efforts for the advancement and observance of trademark rights.” Today, more than 6,000 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries make INTA a powerful network of powerful brands. Members of INTA find true value in the Association’s global trademark research, policy development and education and training. Headquartered in New York City, INTA also has offices in Shanghai, Brussels and Washington DC and representatives in Geneva and Mumbai.

Political Donations
$2,300
2008

Former President of United States

$250
2007

Former President of United States

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the California Bar
Admitted to the New York Bar
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
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