Wayne M. Kennard

Retired Partner

Kennard, Wayne M.

Wayne Kennard joined the firm in 1993 and retired as a partner in 2015. His practice focused primarily on representing high-tech startup and established companies in a full range of intellectual property matters that included obtaining patent, trademark, and copyright protection, licensing intellectual property, trade secret protection, and the protection of plaintiffs' and defendants' rights in intellectual property through litigation.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Kennard was with the firms of Fish & Neave and Kenyon & Kenyon in New York City, and was patent counsel for Pacesetter Systems in Sylmar, California.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Kennard was recognized for his exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of intellectual property by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2005.

Publications & News


September 17, 2014

IP Strategies in a Competitive FinTech Marketplace

An article by Wayne Kennard published in the FinTech Law Report, Volume 17, July/August 2014, Issue 4.

September 27, 2013

The CLS Bank Case: Patent Protection and Computer-Implemented Business Method Inventions

A blog post by Wayne Kennard published in the WilmerHale FinTech Blog.

July 16, 2012

Appealing Alternatives to Traditional Patent Prosecution: Part Two

An article by Wayne Kennard appearing on

July 11, 2012

Appealing Alternatives to Traditional Patent Prosecution: Part One

An article by Wayne Kennard appearing on

February 14, 2005

Annual Chambers USA Results Are Out and Seventy-Six WilmerHale Lawyers Are In

Chambers & Partners Released its Findings for the 2005 Edition of Chambers USA, Naming Dozens of Lawyers from WilmerHale as “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business”

Professional Activities

Mr. Kennard has written extensively on intellectual property issues and has lectured across the country. He has written articles entitled "IP Strategies in a Competitive FinTech Marketplace," "Obtaining & Litigating Software Patents and Judicially Created Doctrine of Equivalents," "Are You Ready for a Preliminary Injunction in Your Patent Case?," "Designing Around Business Method Patents," "State Street: Business Method Patents Can They Be a "Boardwalk Address"?," "Software and Software-Based Business Method Patents Can Fence Out Competition," and "Software Patents and the Internet." In addition, Mr. Kennard authored the articles "Patent Assets: Offensive and Defensive Strategies" and "Computer Patents and Markman Constructions."
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JD, George Washington University Law School, 1981

BS, Computer Science, United States Naval Academy, 1973

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


New York


United States Patent and Trademark Office

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