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Allison Williams

Allison Williams


Allison helps clients protect their innovations and technologies through patents.

Allison was an undergraduate engineering student when she first discovered patent law through a school seminar: here was a field where she could combine her interests in engineering and business and apply her engineering knowledge to the law. Fascinated by the thought of working with inventors and new technology, she immediately knew she would be enrolling in law school.

Allison began her career in patent drafting and patent prosecution for leading Fortune 50 companies, focusing on engine technologies, power generation systems and components, and aeronautical systems. She then took a position with a patent law firm where she worked primarily with small businesses and entrepreneurs, assisting with portfolio management, licensing, nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements, and patent and trade dress litigation in addition to patent prosecution. She also worked extensively with foreign patent prosecution. Allison found the deeply personal nature of her work truly rewarding: clients were often inventors, and she received an up close view of how essential patents were to clients’ business success.

At Husch Blackwell, Allison helps multinational clients manage large intellectual property portfolios worldwide. She most frequently supports clients with patent needs in the realm of mechanical engineering, and she regularly assists with patent drafting, prosecution and strategy. Her prior background in patent and trade dress litigation means that she sees the full picture of patent lifecycles and constructs IP strategies designed to prevent future challenges.

Known for her passion for clients’ technologies, Allison has a reputation for producing excellent results in an efficient, timely fashion.




  • J.D., Michigan State University College of Law
    • Michigan State Journal of Gender Law
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • General Engineering (Systems Engineering and Design)


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Handled extensive foreign patent prosecution.
  • Drafted U.S. and PCT patent applications for inventors, small businesses and Fortune 200 companies in mechanical, electrical, electro-mechanical and biomedical fields.
  • Prosecuted U.S. patent applications, including amendments, appeals and petitions.
  • Collaborated with inventors to ascertain invention disclosures; conducted examiner interviews.
  • Prepared licensing, consulting services, and nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements.
  • Crafted and implemented litigation strategies for plaintiffs and defendants from pre-suit investigation through resolution, including settlement negotiations, discovery, depositions, dispositive motion practice, claim construction and hearings.
  • Drafted multiple patent applications for Fortune 50 companies for power generation systems and components, aeronautical systems, business methods, transportation, medical devices, and paper containers.
Outside the Office

Allison loves traveling and experiencing new adventures with her husband and kids.

A fondness for travel was the very foundation for Allison’s marriage: she and her husband met while they were both studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. Today, her family is always ready to travel anywhere and everywhere, and their favorite place is usually wherever they’ve just come back from.

When at home in Chicago, Allison likes to golf with her family, although she readily admits she’s not very good at it!

Community Leadership

Allison is a supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and developed the annual AJW Golf Classic to benefit the organization. She also enjoys planning fundraisers for her children’s school, as well as volunteering through her church.