Engineer Turned Lawyer Helps Montana High-Tech Companies with IP, Patents: Q&A with William MacBride, Founder, MacBride Law
Company: MacBride Law, LLC
Location: 2066 Stadium Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59715
Industry: Law, Intellectual Property and Patents
Employees: 3 employees
Key Leaders: Diana White, Contract Legal Assistant and Ryan Chauner, Contract Office Administrator.
How did MacBride Law get started?
I organized it myself, upon moving to Bozeman from Helena in 2016, with the vision of integrating law and technology in a high-tech, developing community.
Who are your customers?
Retailers, banks, individual families, scientific, manufacturing and engineering companies, as well as mining companies and individual landowners and lessors.
What does your company do?
I provide legal assistance in the areas of intellectual property including patents, copyrights and trademarks and related product and brand development, and IP pertaining to natural resources, such as mining, oil and gas. I am a licensed patent attorney, able to prosecute patent applications. I also provide real property and immigration, family and business services, as well as small business development in these areas.
Who do you hire?
Part time legal, technical and research assistance.
What is special about your company?
I have 40 plus years in science and natural resource related business, having been a professional geologist for 11 years. I have worked for prominent oil and gas, mining and consulting companies, Pennzoil Company, Gold Fields Mining Company and Scientific Software-Intercomp. I have degrees in geological engineering (BS from Colorado School of Mines), finance (MBA from University of Houston) and law (JD from University of Denver). I have represented companies in the Middle East, China and Taiwan and made presentations before governments in China and Oman.
I respond promptly to my clients’ needs and understand corporate cultures. I endeavor to understand the nature of a client’s business and provide support for its activities and mission. I am a registered patent attorney, member of the American Immigration Law Association and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, as well as president of the board of World Montana.
Is there a story that best illustrates what you do and why you do it?
I spent a great deal of my time in the past as a mining lawyer working with landowners to acquire mineral properties around the western U.S. As a result of the fair and open treatment they received from me when I represented the company, many of those landowners subsequently came to me with their own business issues.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to continue developing a sole practice responding to a select group of clients.
Why are you in Montana?
I came here in 1994 to work with the Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman law firm, having employed that law firm in the past to assist with my mining exploration work in Montana for Gold Fields. I knew that the living environment would be attractive to my young family.
What do you like about Montana? Your community?
Bozeman is a progressive and active town, of well-educated individuals. Montana is a friendly and beautiful state, open to entrepreneurial spirits.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
We like to hike and camp, and travel as much as time permits. We enjoy the MET Opera Live in HD, and spending as much time as possible with our children and grandchildren.
Is there anything else you want us to know?
My wife is from Kentucky, and I am from Philadelphia. We are Rotarians. We love our home here and we love to share and integrate the particular cultural elements of those backgrounds with our friends.
MacBride Law Office Phone Number: (406) 577-2777
About the Publisher: The Montana High Tech Business Alliance is a statewide membership organization made up of more than 300 high tech and manufacturing firms and affiliates. Search for Montana career opportunities at MTHighTech.org/jobs.