William O’Meara attended the University of Kansas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Juris Doctor in Law. He is a member of the honor societies Sigma Tau and Sigma Gamma Tau. He worked as a mechanical engineer for Black and Veach, a consulting engineering firm in Kansas City, Missouri, between undergraduate school and law school.
Mr. O’Meara’s first intellectual property position was with the patent law firm of William D. West, P.C. in Omaha, Nebraska. After 3 years at William D. West, P.C., he joined Klaas & Law (later Klaas Law O’Meara & Malkin, P.C.) in Denver, Colorado. He was a managing shareholder in Klaas Law O’Meara & Malkin, P.C. for over twenty years. In 2017, Mr. O’Meara joined Cochran Freund & Young, LLC.
Much of Mr. O’Meara’s patent work while he was in Nebraska dealt with agricultural machinery. After arriving in Denver, his patent work was initially focused on large industrial machinery. He obtained many patents directed to various aspects of high speed can making and bottle forming for Coors Brewing Company. He also prepared patent applications dealing with high speed composite packaging for Graphic Packaging Company. More recently, his patent work has involved high-tech inventions produced by Hewlett-Packard Company, Avago Technologies Company and Texas Instruments among others. He has worked in an in-house role for some of his high-tech clients, substituting as needed for departing or absent in-house attorneys and reviewing the patent work of other outside counsel.
Some of the technology areas in which Mr. O’Meara performs patent work include agricultural machinery, automotive devices, industrial machinery and tools, containers and packaging, medical devices, mining equipment, oil and gas equipment, computers, printers, imaging devices, mass data storage devices, illumination devices, integrated circuit packaging, digital cameras, wireless devices and automotive vision systems.
In addition to patent preparation and prosecution, Mr. O’Meara has extensive experience in patent infringement and validity opinions, due diligence reviews, product clearance searching, and litigation support. Mr. O’Meara also has a large trademark practice, having obtained several hundred federal trademark registrations for his clients. He also advises clients in copyright and trade secret law.