Dr. Noonan prosecutes U.S., international, and foreign patent applications. He advises clients about patentability, infringement, joint research agreements, and strategic product development. He also represents clients in the acquisition and sale of intellectual property, including due diligence evaluations. Dr. Noonan is the head of the firm’s Life Sciences group.
As both a physician and a patent attorney, Dr. Noonan has a broad perspective about the practical applications of medical and biological inventions. His medical education and residency training in internal medicine and ophthalmology also provide specialized expertise in a variety of fields. He has worked on many cases related to human genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical and surgical devices, high-throughput micro-array technology, optics, engineered proteins, vaccines, cancer treatment, and imaging analysis.
Dr. Noonan joined Klarquist in 1985 as an associate and became partner in 1992.
- J.D., University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1980
- M.D., magna cum laude, Oregon Health & Science University, 1991
- A.B., English, Princeton University, 1977
- Oregon, 1986
- Missouri, 1980 (inactive)
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1982 (Reg. No. 30,878)
Life Sciences & Biotechnology
Medical Devices & Diagnostics
Physics & Optics
Keaty & Keaty
New Orleans, Louisiana
Oregon Health & Science University
Providence Medical Center
Internal Medicine Resident
- Congressional Testimony: Witness, US Senate Judiciary Committee, Hearings on Gene Patenting, Washington, DC, September 22, 1992; Witness, US House Judiciary Committee, Hearings on Patenting Medical and Surgical Procedures, Washington, DC, October 19, 1995
- Adjunct Professor of Patent Law at University of Oregon, 1993 – 1994, and at Tulane University 1984 – 1985
- Oregon Patent Law Association
- Interdisciplinary Center on Epigenetics Science and Society at Oregon Health & Science University 2010 – 2012
- Invited speaker at many universities and research institutes about patenting medical and biotechnology inventions
Honors & Awards
- 2014 – 2018 The Best Lawyers in America©, Portland, OR, Patent Law
- 2015 – 2019 IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals
- 2010 – 2019 ranked in Chambers USA, Oregon, Intellectual Property
- AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell, Intellectual Property
- Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in American Law; 1994 American Medical Association, National Leadership Award (AMA-Glaxo Award)
- Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (Oregon Health & Science University Chapter Student President, 1991)
Presentations & Publications
- Noonan, W.D. (2013). Epigenetic Patents, Biotechnology Law Report
- Noonan, W.D. (2013). Patenting Biomedicine Inventions, National Paralegal Reporter
- Noonan, W.D. (2000). Patenting Genetic Inventions, Growth Genetics and Hormones.
- Noonan, W.D. (1995). Patenting Methods of Medical and Surgical Treatment, J. Patent and Trademark Office Socy, 77:651
- Noonan, W.D. (1995). Must an Internship be Miserable? The Pharos, 58:19
- Noonan, W.D., and Samples, J.R. 1994 Diclofenac Sodium: New Drugs in Ophthalmology, J. Toxicol. Cut & Ocular Toxicol. 12:265-272.
- Noonan, W.D. (1993) Of Mice and Men: Biotechnology in Oregon, OR State Bar Bull., 53:17-20.
- Noonan, W.D. (1990) Patenting Medical Inventions, The Pharos, 53:6-11.
- Noonan, W.D. (1990) Patenting Medical Technology, J. Legal Med. 11:263-319.
- Noonan, W.D. (1990) Ownership of Biological Tissue, J. Patent and Trademark Office Socy, 72:109-113.
- Noonan, W.D. (1986) Understanding Patent Scope, OR Law Rev., 65:717-743.
- Noonan, W.D. (1978) In re Bergy: Patenting Living Organisms, UMKC Law Rev., 47:130-143.