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Wil McCarthy

Patent Agent

* This Haynes and Boone professional is not licensed to practice law.

William T. Hoyer McCarthy has an extremely diverse technical background, having worked as an aerospace and robotics engineer, a full-time science fiction writer and science journalist (for places like WIRED, Discover, and Popular Mechanics), and a materials scientist and inventor/entrepreneur who has raised more than 25 million dollars in venture capital. Wil has published 13 books and hundreds of articles, and holds patents in his own name in seven countries, including 31 issued U.S. patents. He has written and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Nationally competitive dragon boat racing
  • Active in local startup community

Selected Client Representations

  • Has worked with dozens of sole proprietors and micro entities
  • Fortune 500 clients in the aerospace, automotive, and medical device sectors

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Dial-A-Size: Precision Quantum Dot Nanopatterning Using Cheap, Off-The-Shelf Copolymers,” author, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, September 25, 2008.
  • Hacking Matter, author, Basic Books, 2003.
  • “Programmable Matter and Ubiquitous Computing,” speaker, Keynote address, UBICOMP 2002: Göteborg, Sweden.


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B.S., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1988


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Press Release
Inventor, Writer and Patent Agent Wil McCarthy Adds Best Sci-Fi Novel Award to Impressive Resume
July 20, 2022

Patent agent is but one of the many hats Denver’s Wil McCarthy has worn in a career that led him from the tech startup world to lunar orbital launches to the offices of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Already a holder of patents in seven countries, his latest achievement is for his work as a sci-fi author, for which he won the prestigious 2022 Prometheus Award for best novel. The honor, one of the oldest f [...]