William R. Reid


William R. Reid is an intellectual property attorney with over fifteen years’ experience serving clients in the areas of chemicals, polymers, catalysts and chemical processes. Prior to joining Dilworth IP in January 2011, Bill was senior counsel at LyondellBasell Industries in Newtown Square, PA, where he provided support to various business units in agreement preparation and negotiation, patent drafting and prosecution, trademark prosecution, and client counseling and education. Such expertise, combined with years of industry experience as a chemical engineer at Exxon and W.R. Grace, allows Bill to bring to bear a practical, business-savvy approach to intellectual property related issues facing clients operating in a competitive business climate.

  • Presently serving as primary U.S. patent prosecution counsel for European division of one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies
  • Successfully prosecuting hundreds of patent applications in the areas of gas and liquid phase polymerization processes, polymer applications, catalyst design and preparation, heat transfer, waste liquid processing, reactor component design and solids conveyance
  • Performed patentability, freedom-to-operate, and infringement analyses for clients in the areas of chemicals, polymers and refining processes
  • Drafted and negotiated secrecy and joint development agreements
  • Prepared patent applications in the area of chemicals and polymer applications
  • Participated in due diligence activities for corporate acquisitions
  • U.S. Intellectual Property Country Manager for Basell USA Inc.
Technology Areas

Bill’s fields of technology include polypropylene and polyethylene polymers, catalysts and processes for their preparation, and applications for their use; liquid/liquid, liquid/solid and solid/solid separation processes; and petrochemical manufacturing processes such as fluid catalytic cracking, aromatics recovery, phthalic anhydride production, partial oxidation and hydrofining.

William can be reached at wreid@dilworthip.com


2000, Maryland; registered to practice before USPTO


2000, University Of Baltimore School Of Law, J.D.
1982, University of Virginia, M.S., Chemical Engineering
1980, Loyola College, B.S., Chemistry