William Giltinan

USA: Florida

Carlton Fields, P.A.
4221 W. Boy Scout Boulevard
Suite 1000
Tampa, FL 33607-5780

Tel: 813.229.4241

Email: tgiltinan@carltonfields.com
Web: https://www.carltonfields.com

William (“Ty”) Giltinan is the Intellectual Property Practice leader and is board certified in intellectual property law. He is a licensed patent attorney whose practice includes patent, trademark, and copyright litigation, prosecution, portfolio management, and transactional matters. While Ty works with clients in a variety of industries, his practice tends to focus on assisting technology companies in their efforts to protect, monetize, and defend their intellectual property assets. He also serves on the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Task Force and assists clients in matters involving privacy and data breach issues.

Ty’s litigation experience includes matters involving patent infringement in a variety of technology areas, copyright infringement, trade secret disputes, and trademark and unfair competition matters. In addition to helping clients face litigation challenges, Ty also works with clients to develop, monetize, and grow international portfolios of IP assets, and represents clients in IP licensing, M&A, and other transactional matters. His software and technology background has proven particularly helpful to clients when prosecuting software-related patents, and negotiating cloud-based service provider and outsourcing arrangements, often involving complex issues of data privacy and security.

Prior to entering law school, Ty spent more than a decade as an engineer and entrepreneur in software and internet companies. As both a founder and an executive, he has helped develop startup technology companies and lead them to prominent market positions and through acquisitions by companies including large telecommunications providers. He has lectured extensively on IP law, software engineering, and software quality, and served as a mentor to students seeking careers in technology-related industries. Ty also teaches patent law at Stetson University College of Law, has taught computer science at New College of Florida, and has lectured extensively in the areas of software quality and software development processes.

Ty’s real-world experience in business and technology enables him to approach his clients’ challenges from a holistic perspective. His focus is always on finding practical approaches to achieving business goals while simultaneously managing complex legal risks.

Throughout the United States and in more than 200 jurisdictions worldwide, we help clients manage their brands, protect inventions and research, and monetize their intellectual property assets:
Defend and Enforce

We enforce IP rights or defend against infringement allegations.

  • First-chaired 50+ trials, including seminal cases that have changed the IP landscape
  • Deep industry experience includes work for technology, finance, and insurance companies
  • Literally wrote the book on patent litigation (Horwitz on Patent Litigation)
  • Have worked on hundreds of cases related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, false advertising, and trade secrets
  • Represent clients in federal and state court, before the International Trade Commission, the National Advertising Bureau of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (NAD), and in jurisdictions around the world


We secure domestic and international IP rights through patents, trademarks, and copyright registrations.

  • Plan and execute IP portfolios for clients ranging from technology startups to Fortune 100 companies
  • Worldwide brand and invention management, acquisition, and enforcement
  • Enforce brands globally and monitor and defend global domain name portfolios for clients in the United States, China, Europe, and South America — this work includes dislodging cybersquatters and creating global domain name strategies, and handling domain name arbitration and litigation around the world


We help clients acquire and monetize IP.

  • Draft and negotiate all forms of technology and entertainment deals, as well as joint ventures
  • Assist in M&A and other complex business transactions involving IP assets
  • Deep entertainment and technology industry experience
We view the world from our clients’ perspectives, helping them to lead and innovate across industries and around the globe. Because legal challenges do not exist in a vacuum, we craft tailored solutions that prioritize our clients’ overall business goals. Our focus is on building long-term collaborative relationships, and we are ranked among the nation’s most collaborative law firms by BTI Consulting Group.

Collaboration is also an important aspect of our internal culture. Our attorneys, consultants, and staff work as teams to bring forth the most creative responses to challenges and opportunities. We have created a workplace that rewards good ideas sourced from diverse thinkers. As a result, our clients benefit.

We strive to be valued advisers, and our unusual business model reflects that mindset. Instead of employing the common “pyramid model” where numerous junior lawyers support the efforts of relatively few shareholders, at Carlton Fields shareholders outnumber associates. This arrangement benefits our lawyers as well as our clients, giving them the advantage of working with legal teams particularly suited to their needs and best able to provide value.


“Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Tampa Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year”