William S. Britt – 1931-2017


Mr. Britt, deceased, was in private practice from 1969 and had extensive experience in obtaining, enforcing, and licensing intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Prior to founding TraskBritt, he was a patent attorney for PPG Industries and an adjunct and associate professor of law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His technological areas of expertise include the fields of high technology materials, inorganic and organic chemicals, chemical processing, agricultural chemicals and equipment, medical equipment, and engineered structures. He has served as an expert witness in trade secret, trademark, and patent litigation and as an arbitrator in commercial disputes, and also has experience in intellectual property antitrust matters.

Mr. Britt received Martindale Hubbell’s AV rating, the publication’s highest rating, and has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for ten consecutive years. He was also a member of the Academy of Chemical Engineers, West Virginia University.

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Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers – 1991-2016
  • IP Stars – 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell (AV Rated) – Since 1981
  • Super Lawyers – 2007-2010
  • Utah Legal Elite – 2010, 2011

Areas of Special Expertise

  • Agricultural chemicals & equipment
  • Engineered structures
  • High technology materials
  • Inorganic & Organic chemicals

Prior Professional Experience

  • Development Engineer, PPG Industries, supervising chemical pilot plant operations and designing commercial chemical plants
  • Nuclear weapons officer, U.S. Navy
  • Chemical Engineer, Patent Agent, and Patent Attorney, PPG Industries
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Duquesne University, teaching commercial law and intellectual property
  • Associate Professor of Law, Duquesne University, teaching commercial law and intellectual property


  • West Virginia University, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with honors
  • Duquesne University, L.L.B. 1964, Law Review

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Pennsylvania Bar
  • Utah Bar

Court Admissions

  • Utah and U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Community & Professional Organizations

  • Association for Retarded Citizens, Allegheny Chapter,Pennsylvania, Board Member and Legal Counsel, 1963-1968
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association, Salt Lake City, Utah, Board Member, 1975-1982
  • Legal Services for the Handicapped, Salt Lake City, Utah, Board Member, 1980-1986
  • Camp Kostopulos, Camp for Handicapped Persons, Salt Lake City, Utah, Board Member, 1989-1994