William ("Ty") Giltinan is the intellectual property and technology practice group leader. He is a licensed patent attorney whose practice includes patent, trademark, and copyright litigation, prosecution, and transactional matters. While Mr. Giltinan works with clients in a variety of industries, his practice tends to focus on assisting technology companies in their efforts to protect, monetize, and defend their intellectual property assets. He also serves on the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity task force and assists clients in matters involving privacy and data breach issues.
Mr. Giltinan’s litigation experience includes matters involving patent infringement in a variety of technology areas, copyright infringement, trade secret disputes, and trademark competition matters. Mr. Giltinan also represents clients in transactional matters including patent, copyright, and trademark licensing; intellectual property development agreements; and negotiating cloud-based service provider and outsourcing arrangements, often involving complex issues of data privacy and security, including for clients in the healthcare and regulated financial industries.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. Giltinan spent more than a decade as an engineer and entrepreneur in software and Internet companies. As both a founder and an executive, he has helped develop startup technology companies and lead them to prominent market positions and through acquisitions by companies including large telecom providers. He has also lectured extensively in the areas of IP law, software engineering, and software quality and served as a mentor to students seeking a career in computer and technology-related companies. Mr. Giltinan also teaches patent law at the Stetson University College of Law, and has taught computer science at the New College of Florida and lectured extensively in the areas of software quality and topics relating to management and measurement of software development processes. His practical experience in the software industry and knowledge of real-world software development and information systems management practices are particularly valuable when assisting clients with issues related to information technology outsourcing and contracting concerns, data security and privacy issues, and or protecting software-related and IT-related innovations.