William F. Mulholland, II

William F. Mulholland, II: Attorney with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
  • Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (433 Attorneys)
  • One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Bill Mulholland’s practice is concentrated in intellectual property law, including patent, copyright, and trademark licensing, litigation and procurement. His past experience includes serving as in-house counsel for pharmaceutical and agribusiness-based industries. A substantial portion of Bill’s practice involves strategic counseling for these industries, including all IP-related aspects of discovery, development and commercialization activities.

Bill has extensive transactional experience and has negotiated a wide range of licenses and other agreements in support of various industry and university alliances. His patent procurement practice includes comprehensive life-cycle management planning, from emerging technologies to post-patent expiry of commercial products. Bill’s life sciences practice includes small molecule chemistry and biologic therapeutics, as well as diagnostics, drug discovery and drug delivery. His agribusiness practice similarly focuses on chemical and biologic-based active ingredients, as well as formulation and chemical process technologies.

Bill serves as co-chair of Snell & Wilmer's Life Sciences and Medical Technology group.

Representative Presentations and Publications


• Approaching Antibody Patents After Amgen V. Sanofi, Co-Author, Law360 (January 30, 2019)
• Time after Time, Co-Author, Intellectual Property Magazine (September 25, 2018)
• Gilead Could Move To Bundle Recent Idenix Patent Disputes, Likely To Hinge On Issues Of Prior Art, Invalidity - Attorneys, Quoted, BioPharm Insight (January 9, 2013)
• Supreme Court: No, You May Not Patent Human Genes, Quoted, VentureBeat (June 2013)
• Idenix seen as unlikely to prevail against Gilead in HCV patent interference, Quoted, BioPharm Insight (April 2013)
• Will the Myriad Gene Patent Claims Be Found to Have 'Added Enough?', Co-Author, Legal Alert (April 2012); Association of Corporate Counsel's Lexology (April 2012)
• Supreme Court Decision Raises Questions of the Validity of Many Bioscience Patents: Did the Invention 'Add Enough?', Co-Author, Global Connection (March 2012); Association of Corporate Counsel's Lexology (March 2012)
•“Cattle Law: Beef Product Branding and Registration of Brands” and “Cattle Law: Hot Topics in Livestock Patents,” Author, National Business Institute (November 2014)
• Protecting Your Inventions in China-Considerations Related to Chinese Patent Law, Co-Author, Global Connection (September 2011)
• Impact of Genetic Privacy Legislation on Insurer Behavior, Co-Author, Genetic Testing (Spring 2000)
• Genetic Privacy: A Comprehensive Analysis of State Genetic Privacy Legislation, Co-Author, Jurimetrics Law Journal (Spring 1999)

Speaking Engagements

• Lessons Learned from Youth Sports and Amateur Athletics as Applied to Professional Careers, Featured Speaker, Professional Speaker’s Series, Arizona College Prep High School (May 2016)
• Advancing Biotech Innovation: The Ins and Outs of Collaboration Arrangements and Licensing Agreements, Co-Presenter, Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, Phoenix, AZ (January 27, 2016)
• Intellectual Property as a Competitive Advantage, a Panel Discussion with three top Patent Attorneys in the MedTech Field, Panelist, SYNAPSE 2015, Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), Phoenix, AZ (September 18, 2015)
• Collaborative Arrangements, Panelist, Colorado BioScience Association Spring Industry Symposium, Broomfield, CO (May 13, 2015)
• ASU College of Health Solutions International School of Biomedical Diagnostics Intellectual Property Lecture, Lecturer, Current Perspectives in Biomedical Diagnostics Course, Arizona State University (Spring 2015)
• Written Description and Enablement Updates Under BioPharmaceutical Patent Practice, Co-Presenter, CLE Seminar for In-House Business and Legal Departments (November 2014)
• Cattle Law: Beef Product Branding and Registration of Brands” and “Cattle Law: Hot Topics in Livestock Patents, National Business Institute (November 2014)
• Double Patenting - Basics, Updates and Best Practices, Co-Presenter, CLE Seminar for In-House Pharmaceutical Legal Department (June 2012)
• Strategic Partnering in the New Age of R&D, Panelist, AZBio Expo 2012 (May 2012)
• Biotechnology Patenting and Technology Transfer, Presenter, University of Colorado, Technology Transfer Office Commercialization Clinic (May 2012)
• Intellectual Property Protection in China, Co-Presenter, Snell & Wilmer (August 2011)
• Protecting Your Intellectual Property, Interview by John Criswell of The Headline Business Update on KFYI Radio (June 2011)

Community Involvement

•Boy Scouts of America
•Volunteer Lawyers Program, Volunteer
•Snell & Wilmer Community Service, Volunteer
•Fulton Ranch Homeowner's Association, Board of Directors, President

Other Professional Experience

•Syngenta Crop Protection, Senior Corporate Counsel
•Pfizer, Senior Corporate Counsel
•Pretty, Schroeder & Poplawski, Associate

Related News & Events

Jul 25
AZBio Elects Snell & Wilmer Attorney William F. Mulholland to Board of Directors

Jan 09
Gilead could move to bundle recent Idenix patent disputes, likely to hinge on issues of prior act, invalidity - attorneys BioPharm Insight

Dec 18
Snell & Wilmer Elects 15 New Partners

Apr 01
Idenix seen as unlikely to prevail against Gilead in HCV patent interference

Jan 14
William Mulholland Joins Snell & Wilmer's Intellectual Property Group

Related Publications

Apr 04
Legal Alert - Will the Myriad Gene Patent Claims Be Found to Have Added Enough?

Mar 23
Legal Alert - Supreme Court Decision Raises Questions of the Validity of Many Bioscience Patents: Did the Invention Add Enough?

Sep 06
Global Connection - September 2011

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation
  • International
  • Life Sciences and Medical Technology
  • Patent Prosecution and Counseling
  • Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
602.382.6226  Phone
University Attended:
University of Arizona, B.S., Biochemistry, cum laude, 1995; Brown University, M.A., Molecular Biology, 2008
Law School Attended:
Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law, Visiting Student, 1997-1998, Associate Editor, Jurimetrics, Journal of Law, Science, and Technology; University of Southern California Law School, J.D., 1998
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court, District of Arizona; United States District Court, Central District of California; United States Patent and Trademark Office; California; Arizona; Supreme Court of Arizona; Supreme Court of California; United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Professional Memberships & Activities

•State Bar of California
•Intellectual Property Law Section
•Arizona BioIndustry Association ( AZBio )
•Board of Directors
•Government Relations Committee
•State Bar of Arizona
•Intellectual Property Law Section
•Federal Circuit Bar Association

Birth Information:
Nuremberg, Germany, June 10, 1972
Representative Transactions: Representative Transactions; Colorado FASTER Legislation : Jim was involved initially with the conceptualization of P3 Legislation in Colorado with the then Colorado Governor Ritter and the local Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, based originally on the Partnerships British Columbia model adjusted to Colorado and within the context of CDOT, where he participated in the stakeholder involvement (Metro Mayors Caucus) and in the drafting/review of the FASTER bill, particularly regarding the establishment of an Enterprise (HPTE) and with regard to P3s as a financing mechanism.; Master Development Agreement : Master Development Agreement with local jurisdiction for the design, land use and entitlement matters/approvals, platting, infrastructure improvement (on and off-site) and marketing of developed sites in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, involving the local urban renewal authority as landowner, client as master developer, and tax increment financing, HUD Community Development Block grants, private financing; structured to meet the funding deadlines and the first parcel buyer's timeframe for its building construction schedule.; Public and Project Financing : Layered public and private financing for major mixed-use development and related infrastructure involving the issuance and refinancing of several series of senior and subordinate bonds secured by tax-increment, public improvement and property assessment revenues, together with credit enhancement vehicles and private investment.; Multi-State Infrastructure Due Diligence Project (2014): Represented an oil and gas client in its due diligence investigation of a six-state, 1200-mile crude oil pipeline project, including the organization of in-house legal team and retention of local counsel in impacted states in order to investigate timelines for permitting, ROW acquisition, eminent domain process and related state and local issues impacting the timing of the proposed project.; Multi-State Infrastructure Development Project (2012-2014): Represented a global oil and gas consortium in its development of a 500 million + multi-state NGL pipeline project, including all permitting, right-of-way acquisitions, title, eminent domain, construction and follow-on operational matters; organized and managed project legal team as lead counsel, including transactional and litigation (condemnation) attorneys and paraprofessionals.; Long-Term Ground lease for Tax-Exempt Entity : During 2012, represented a 501(c)(3) entity in its structuring, negotiation and consummation of long-term ground lease from a separate, third-party tax-exempt ground lessor for the client's operations.; Real Estate Leasehold Asset Financing : Commercial Mortgaged Backed Securities (CMBS) loan secured by four properties located in three different states with income streams from long-term ground leases, including leases to the U.S. government General Services Administration.; Bank Qualified Loans : Represented several banks in their bank qualified loans to special and metro districts to refinance/refund bond issues.; Mixed-Use, TOD-Garrison Station : First mixed-use, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) to be constructed along the West Corridor of the Denver Metro FasTracks transit system, involving retail, bank pad, office and multi-family development.; Mixed-Use Work-Force Housing : Site acquisition, land-use approvals and entitlements, design, development, construction and lease-up of a mixed-use retail, parking and multi-family rental property, involving the use of tax-credit and HUD-insured financing, land-use regulatory agreement and related regulatory and management issues to complete the largest 100 percent affordable housing property in downtown Denver at the time.; Master Planned Community Governance Regime : Land-use and entitlements for a 500-acre mixed-use (residential, regional big-box retail, office, light industrial, parking) master-planned community, including a sustainable master community governance regime that was crafted in line with the plan's LEED ND designation, one of the first in the nation.; High-Rise Twin-Tower Condominium/Parking Complex : Site acquisition, land use and entitlements, development, project and unit financing, construction, CC&Rs, individual unit sales and HOA transition for a 270-unit condominium/parking complex in Denver, also involving federal, state and local regulatory approvals, including agreements with local urban renewal authority and neighborhood groups.; Office Building Developments : Represented several for-profit and non-profit developers in the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of various forms of office, medical and industrial buildings to single and multi-tenanted properties.; Higher Education : Represented the developer of a student housing project in downtown Denver in its structuring, negotiation, development, tax-exempt financing and construction of a first-phase 750-bed student housing project for a tax-exempt real estate foundation owner.; Corporate Campus : Acquisition of 450-acre site; deconstruction of existing 1.7 million square foot facility on site; and due diligence, zoning and land use submittals and preliminary approvals for the development of a 2.5 million square foot corporate campus focused on a Global Training Institute, a Global Research & Development Complex and related office and support facilities for the client, a Fortune 5 company.

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