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William Wade Beckett, American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia 1956, Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1959.


Beckett, William Wade was born on February 2, 1928 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Son of Theodore Ashe and Mary (Scroggs) Beckett.


The Citadel (Bachelor of Science, 1948). George Washington University (Juris Doctor, with distinction, 1956).


Worked at Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. (Washington, DC) specializing in Federal Trial and Appellate Practice in Intellectual Property Law. Patent, Trademark, Copyright, International Trade, Unfair Competition, Trade Secret and Antitrust Causes before Federal and State Courts and Administrative Agencies.

Admitted to the bar, 1956, District of Columbia. 1959, United States. Supreme Court. Delta Theta Phi; Order of the Coif.

Patent Editor, George Washington University Law Review, 1954-1955. Member: District of Columbia Bar. Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

American Bar Association. American Intellectual Property Law Association. Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. was organized in 1995 as a result of the merger of Allegretti & Witcoff, Ltd.

(founded in 1920) and Banner, Birch, McKie & Becket (founded in 1960). The firm, which has offices in Washington, Chicago and Boston, is dedicated to the practice of intellectual property law. The firm provides legal representation in obtaining, commercializing and litigating intellectual property rights in the United States and abroad.

The practice includes counseling on the availability, validity and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Patent interference proceedings. Trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Domestic and foreign patent and trademark prosecution. Custom seizures of infringing products. And litigating patent, trademark and copyright infringement cases.

Firm members have experience in both jury and bench trials in the Federal Courts, in proceedings before the International Trade Commission, and practice in all technologies, including the electrical, mechanical and chemical arts as well as computer hardware and software and biotechnology.


Trustee International Students, Inc., 1962-1965. Served to First lieutenant Army of the United States, 1948-1953. Member American, District of Columbia Bar associations, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Washington Patent Lawyers Club (president 1966-1967), Order of Coif, Bethesda (Maryland.) Country Club, Delta Theta Phi, Tau Beta Pi.


Married Kathryn Rae Sims, June 4, 1955. Children: Kathryn Elizabeth, Nancy Ellen, Mary Sims.