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William H. Needle

Mediation Attorney at Atlanta, GA

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Bill Needle is a registered patent attorney who has been exclusively practicing all aspects of Intellectual Property law for 42 years.  


His litigation experience includes serving as counsel in the copyright and trademark litigation for the CABBAGE PATCH KIDS® dolls and the State of Georgia in infringement cases involving the VIDALIA® onion trademark, as well as patent infringement actions involving diverse technologies. Mr. Needle has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia for intellectual property law issues for more than 30 years.  


Mr. Needle currently serves as an alternative dispute resolution Neutral Panel Member, JAMS.  Since 1995, Mr. Needle has been mediating and arbitrating cases dealing with a wide array of intellectual property matters, including patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, breach of contracts, and misappropriation of trade secrets.


He is the current Chair of an arbitration panel which has issued a Markman Order on patent claims directed to the recording of formation data measurements in a borehole.


He also serves as the Arbitrator in a matter involving theft of trade secrets and claims under the Securities Act for breach of fiduciary duties.


Previously, Mr Needle was the chair of an arbitration panel which dealt with the validity and infringement of several patents relating to beverage containers.


Finally, Mr. Needle has been appointed by federal judges to serve as a Special Master in several patent infringement cases.

Licensed for 52 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1970
Updated 11/03/2022

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Ballard Spahr LLP
999 Peachtree Street
Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA, 30309


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ballard Spahr, LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner & Chair, Intellectual Property Department
  • Ballard Spahr, LLP
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Founder and Partner
  • Needle & Rosenberg, P.C.
  • 1983 - 2008
  • Associate and Partner
  • Newton, Hopkins & Ormsby
  • 1970 - 1983
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  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1970
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1967

Legal Cases

  • CABBAGE PATCH KIDS® copyright & trademark litigation
  • VIDALIA® onion copyright & trademark litigation


  • Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2010 - Present
  • School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Advisory Board
  • 2008 - Present
  • The Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER), a collaborative program between Georgia Tech and Emory Law School
  • Advisory Board
  • 2006 - Present
  • College of Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Advisory Board
  • 2005 - Present
  • School of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Advisory Board
  • 2005 - Present
  • JAMS Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Neutral Panel Member, Special Master
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Chair, committee that drafted model trademark jury instructions
  • 2011 - 2012
  • IP Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association
  • Founding Board Member and Co-Chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Member, drafted the local rules of practice for patent cases
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Highest ranking as a 1st tier IP attorney in GA since 2003
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Voted by peers as one of the "Legal Elite" since 2003
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2011
  • Listed under IP, patent and trademark law since 1991
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011


  • Association of Technology Managers Technology Transfer Practice Manual, 3rd edition
  • "Trademark Law" Chapter
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • FastTrac TechVenture Entrepreneur Training Course
  • Protecting Your Business and Your Intellectual Property
  • 2012
  • Business Law Section of The Florida Bar’s Third Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium
  • Suggestions for Effective Mediation and Arbitration in IP Cases
  • 2012
  • Association for Continuing Legal Education
  • What Your Client Should Know About the America Invents Act re: Patent Litigation
  • 2011

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Atlanta Mediation Lawyer William H. Needle
William H. Needle
Mediation Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 52 years