Van Winkle Law Firm Patent Attorney Named to Biltmore Beacon's 40 Under Forty List

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The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that attorney William Heedy has been named to Biltmore Beacon’s 40 Under Forty list. Heedy is a registered patent attorney and has been with The Van Winkle Law Firm since 2014. Each year, the Biltmore Beacon, a weekly community newspaper, honors emerging stars in the business community. Recipients must be under the age of 40, be actively involved in the community, live or work in the greater Asheville area, and show leadership potential in their chosen field. To learn more, visit

“William’s recognition by the Biltmore Beacon’s 40 Under Forty list is evidence of his strong leadership skills, community involvement and passion for patent, trademark and copyright law,” said Caroline Knox, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “We are proud to have him on our team.”

Heedy earned a bachelor’s degree in biosystems engineering from Clemson University and a law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. He has experience in all matters related to United States and foreign patent preparation and prosecution, trademarks and copyrights. In his patent practice, Heedy assists inventors through the patent prosecution process, including patentability searches, preparing and filing applications, prosecuting applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and international agencies, and issuance and maintenance of patents. He works with inventions ranging from the simple, such as a trailer hitch, to the complex, such as optical fibers and related equipment. In addition to his patent practice, Heedy has assisted clients with the prosecution and renewal of more than 100 trademarks.

Heedy is also a member of the firm’s litigation practice, focusing on intellectual property disputes.  The Van Winkle Law Firm attorneys hold decades of combined experience in patent and trademark infringement and intellectual property litigation as well as antitrust matters. The intellectual property attorneys at The Van Winkle Law Firm routinely handle issues of trademark counterfeiting, trademark infringement, unfair competition, patent infringement and copyright infringement.

For more than 100 years, Van Winkle attorneys have provided a premier level of strategic legal counsel and services to meet clients’ personal, estate planning, commercial, business and litigation needs. With offices in Asheville, Hendersonville and Charlotte, the firm is one of the largest in the state. In addition to patent and antitrust law, The Van Winkle Law Firm specializes in health care law, real estate and construction law, and trusts and estates. For additional information, please visit