Bill Hulsey Lawyer – Patents Principal
Patent Attorney, Engineer, Economist
BILL HULSEY PATENT LAWYER established HULSEY PC to apply a range of highly specialized experience to a broad span of technical fields.
Overview. Mr. Hulsey has practiced Patent and Trademark Law for 35 years and serves a regional market covering the States of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. He has prosecuted well over 2,000 patents and more thousands of trademarks for this region’s most aspiring and amazing inventors, entrepreneurs, and dreamers who are dedicated to making the world a better place.
He is committed to manifesting a perpetual virtuous cycle of innovation and entrepreneurial growth spurring intellectual property growth, which in turn encourages fair, reasonable, collaborative commercialization and spurs more innovation and entrepreneurial growth.
International. Outside the U.S., HULSEY PC’s clients have ranged in geographic diversity from Norway to New Zealand and from Siberia to Singapore. Through his legal work, as well as with teaching through the University of Texas’s IC2 Institute, Mr. Hulsey has provided hundreds of hours of lectures and education in intellectual property rights formation, protection, and commercialization in over 45 countries and on all continents except Antarctica. Travels have taken him from USS Jacksonville (SSN699) submarine test depth (hundreds of yards beneath the ocean’s surface), to the tops of Mount Sinai, Egypt and Mount Rainier, Washington, as well as through Brazil’s Amazon Rain Forest and Australia’s Daintree Rain Forest. His work as a patent attorney has included engagements at the U.S. Embassy and Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
> B.S. (with Distinction) in Theoretical Mathematics and Computer Science from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.
> M.A. in Economics, including Econometrics and Mathematical Economic Analysis, as well as Entrepreneurial Economics and Regional Economic Analysis and Local Economy Development, from The University of Virginia.
> M.S. (equivalent) through U.S. Navy Nuclear Training at the A1W Nuclear Power Prototype at Idaho National Laboratories and U.S. Navy Submarine-Trained Lieutenant Commander in Nuclear Reactor Plant Operation and Ship Propulsion: specially selected to part of the Pre-Commissioning and Sea Trials Crew of USS Jacksonville (SSN699), under Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, founder of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Force.
> GS-13 Senior Civil Service Designation as a Top-Secret-Cleared Physical Scientist and Electronics Engineer for The U.S. Department of The Army’ Electronics Research and Development Command and Foreign Science & Technology Center.
> J.D. in Law from Vanderbilt University, including Business Formation and Commercial Law, Patent and Trademark Law, and Entrepreneurial legal Issues.
Practice Areas. Bill is admitted to practice before the following tribunals:
- Registered to Practice for the United States Patent & Trademark Office;
- The United States Supreme Court;
- The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit;
- The United States Federal District Court for the Northern & Western Districts of Texas;
- Texas Supreme Court and all Texas Courts; and
- Tennessee Supreme Court and all Tennessee Courts.
> The Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory has recognized Bill as
- “AV-Preeminent“ for 10 years
- “AV-Preeminent Judicial Edition” (the highest possible rating)
- “Top Rated Texas Attorney for Ethics and Legal Ability”
- “Platinum Client Distinction Award” based on multiple evaluations of client service and relationships; and
- “National Bar Registry of Preeminent Attorneys”
> U.S. News & World Report lists HULSEY PC as one of the “Best Law Firms in America” in Texas, Tennessee, and U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
> Best Lawyers Magazine’s lists Bill as one of the “Best Lawyers in America”
- Austin, TX;
- Memphis, TN;
- Bentonville, AR;
- Tulsa, OK;
- Birmingham, AL;
- Jackson, MS;
- New Orleans & Shreveport, LA
> The American Registry of Lawyers and Law Firms listings for Bill’s law practice include the following recognitions:
• Top 1% Most Honored Professionals in America;
• Top 1% Most Honored Lawyers in America;
• Justia Legal Directory gives Bill a Lawyer Rating 10-of-10 Superb for Legal Ethics and Ability.
• Number 1 of the Top “Three Best Rated” Patent Lawyers in Austin, Texas and Memphis, Tennessee from “Three Best Rated” publications
• Better Business Bureau’s A+ Rating for HULSEY PC
• Winner of the 2021 International Advisory Experts Award – Intellectual Property Award for Texas
Relevant Certifications. Today, Bill is pursuing non-lawyer certifications as a
- Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council;
- Certified Business Economist through the National Association of Business Economists;
- Certified Licensing Professional through the Licensing Executive Society; and
- Professional Engineer in Nuclear Engineering through the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Registration.
He sees these non-legal professional skills, endorsements, and connections as a proactive service to our firm’s clients.
Community. Within the community, Bill is a
- Member of the Grammy-Award winning chorus ensemble of the Conspirare Symphonic Chorus and has sung over 20 major choral performances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, including international performances and as part of the choral group for Austin’s 2015 Andrea Bocelli Concert;
- Volunteer mentor and sponsor for the Baylor Student Entrepreneur New Venture Competition at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business
Moreover, he is devoted to the concept of “Service Above Self” and currently serves as President of the Austin Westlake Rotary Chapter, as that group fulfills the mission of Rotary International.
Notable Landmarks. Bill devotes his practice to serving entrepreneurs and inventors in the region of his practice to promote regional economic development through the formation of successful entrepreneurial and small business efforts. Over the years, Bill has achieved the following:
- Represented Apollo Program Astronaut in multi-functional air- and space-craft design patents.
- Wrote patents deemed critical to the large military aerospace corporation successful competition for the $200 Billion U.S. Department of Defense aerospace development and construction contract.
- Established the initial 100 patents for a silicon crystal solar cell fabrication technology deemed by the U.S. Patent Office as the “Holy Grail” of silicon fabrication technologies.
- Originated the U.S. Patent Office Pro Bono Inventor Assistance Program for qualified inventors in the State of Texas.
- Served inventor of voicemail and a wide variety of voice-based communication technologies.
- Authored “CREATING, MANAGING, AND LICENSING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ASSETS,” a major work of over 30 hours of streaming video courses providing intellectual property education and training, through Stanford University’s Graduate School for Electronics Engineering and SemiZone, Inc.
- Served on numerous select committees to support U.S. and international entrepreneurial efforts and activities in Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and through the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Bill Hulsey’s patent and trademark law practice has been
• Twice formally certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Commission’s Export Services Award for providing excellent patent, trademark, and copyright services to foreign companies seeking intellectual property assistance in the U.S.
• Certified as a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB).
• Approved by the Texas Attorney General to represent the University of Texas System and other Texas state institutions of higher learning, such as Texas A&M University and Texas State University.
Presentations & Publications:
- PATENT REFORM FIVE YEARS ON: A REVIEW OF THE AMERICA INVENTS ACT (Organizer and Panel Member); in collaboration with the USPTO Texas Regional Office and the Austin Chamber of Commerce. (September 2016)
- IP & ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Essential Elements in Starting and Growing a Successful New Venture; McCoy Graduate School of Business, Texas State University (an Emerging Research University), (March 2013).
- $1B TO APPLE FOR SAMSUNG PATENT INFRINGEMENT—PRACTICAL LESSONS FOR EMERGING GROWTH TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES; IC2 Institute of the University of Texas (September 2012).
- ADVANCED PATENT CLAIM DRAFTING WORKSHOP, USPTO Texas Regional Inventors Conference (Austin, TX; September 2012).
- A NEW WORLD OF PATENT OPTIONS FOR UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER UNDER THE AIA; Joint American IP Law Association-Association of University Technology Manager Conference; (Texas A&M University; September 2012).
- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES & OPPORTUNITIES FOR GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURS; University of Texas Global Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; July 2012).
- THE JOBS ACT & THE LEAHY-SMITH AMERICA INVENTS ACT OF 2011; IC2 Institute of The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX; May 2012).
- TRADEMARK WAR STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES: HOW FAILING TO FILE FOR FEDERAL TRADEMARK PROTECTION CAN BE PAINFULLY COSTLY; TechRanch Austin Entrepreneurs Seminar (Austin, TX; February 2012).
- IP & RELATED LEGAL ISSUES IN EXPORTING PRODUCTS & SERVICES TO LATIN AMERICA; Moble LatAm Conference on Latin America (Miami, FL; February 2012 & Austin, TX; September 2012).
- THE LEAHY-SMITH AMERICA INVENTS ACT OF 2011 & WHAT IT MEANS FOR START-UP COMPANIES; IC2 Institute of The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX; November 2011).
- THE USPTO EXPLAINS THE LEAHY-SMITH AMERICA INVENTS ACT OF 2011 TO SAN ANTONIO’S ENTREPRENEURS; (Introductory remarks for Mr. John Calvert, Administrator-USPTO Inventor Assistance Program (San Antonio, TX; October 2011).
- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION WORLDWIDE FOR LATIN AMERICAN COMPANIES; 13th International Conference on Technology Policy & Innovation (Bogota, Colombia; September 2011).
- A TEXAS TWO-STEP SUMMER SALUTE TO LATIN AMERICA: INNOVATION, CREATIVITY & IP IN WORKING WITH LATIN AMERICAN COMPANIES; Global Classroom, IC2 Institute of the University of Texas (Austin, TX; June 2011).
- WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY 2011: WHY AUSTIN, TEXAS IS AMERICA’S MOST INNOVATIVE CITY; IC2 Institute of the University of Texas (Austin, TX; April 2011).
- STANFORD UNIVERSITY V. ROCHE PHARMACEUTICALS ET AL.; University of Rochester Health Sciences Center (Rochester, NY; April 2011).
- SXSW SPECIAL ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAM: DIRECTOR OF THE U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE SPEAKS PERSONALLY WITH SMALL BUSINESSES AND START-UPS (Introductory Remarks); IC2 Institute of the University of Texas (Austin, TX; March 2011).
- STANFORD UNIVERSITY V. ROCHE PHARMACEUTICALS ET AL.; IC2 Institute of The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX; February 2011).
- GREEN TECHNOLOGY PATENTS & THEIR ACCELERATION AROUND THE WORLD; Special Green Technology Patent Conference at the Texas State Capital (Austin, TX; December 2010).
- PATENTS OPTIONS AND PROMISE FOR GLOBAL EXAMINATION ACCELERATION; 2010 Texas Global Intellectual Property Summit (Austin, TX; November 2010).
- The U.S. Supreme Court Decision in BILSKI V. KAPPOS: A Defining Moment in U.S. Patent Law; HULSEYIP Special Business Briefing (Austin, TX; Rochester, NY; & San Antonio, TX; August & September 2010//State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education No. 901207746 [1.5 Hours Credit]).
- Intellectual Property Basics for Technology Managers; University of Texas’ McCombs School of Management/Monterrey Technology University Masters of Science in Science & Technology Commercialization Certificate Program—Monterrey, Mexico, Two-Day Course (June 2010).
- RESET, REBOOT, AND RESUME!!:Selling to American Markets on The Other Side of the Global Financial Crisis; HULSEYIP European Markets Business & Intellectual Property Workshop (Frankfurt, Germany; Bratislava, Slovakia; & Budapest, Hungary; February 2010).
- Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Cross-Border M&A Transactions; International Mergers & Acquisitions Conference of the American Mergers & Acquisition Association (Eltville/Frankfurt, Germany; October 2009).
- International Conference on Technology Policy & Innovation, Intellectual Property Panel [Co-Chair with António Serge Campinos, President, The Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)] (Porto, Portugal; July 2009).
- Intellectual Property & Technology Commercialization Workshop; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; (Bogota, Colombia; July 2009).
- The Institute for Policy and Innovation’s (IPI) 4th Annual World Intellectual Property Day Forum: “The Role of Intellectual Property in the Global Recovery”; (Washington, D.C., April 2009) 10 Intellectual Property Mistakes Of Early Stage Companies & How to Avoid Them.
- Solar Energy Entrepreneur’s Network Forum: Research & Development Opportunities in Central Texas’ Entrepreneurial Community; (Austin, TX; March 2009).
- U.S. Intellectual Property Practices & Concerns for Portuguese Technology Companies; National Institute for Intellectual Property [Portuguese Patent & Trademark Office] (Lisbon, Portugal; February 2009).
- Intellectual Property Practices & Concerns for Portuguese Technology Companies; University Technology Entrepreneurship Network (UTEN) Program with National Government of Portugal; New University of Technology at Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal; February 2009).
- Securing IP: Chances and Dangers for Solar Start-Ups; PHOTON International Magazine [International Solar Industry Periodical based in Aachen, Germany]; 1ST PV START-UP CONFERENCE: “Looking for the 2nd Solar” (San Francisco, CA; December 2008).
- Solar Energy Entrepreneur’s Network Forum: IP Protection & Commercialization in a Transitioning Economy; (Austin, TX; October 2008).
- Evolving Trends in International Intellectual Property Rights: U.S. Options in A Challenging Economy, University of Minho (Braga, Portugal; July 2008).
- Space Technology Commercialization and IP Protection: The View from The United States, European Space Agency Business Incubator (Njordwik, The Netherlands; July 2008).
- Software IP Commercialization Short Course, Monterrey Institute of Technology (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; June 2008).
- Key Issues in High Quality IP Management for The Mechanical & Plumbing Industries, 2008 Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (San Diego, California; April 2008).
- Intellectual Property In Sustainable Energy Technologies, 10th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation (Stavanger, Norway; June 2007).
- International Software Intellectual Property Protection & Licensing Workshop, UTEN Program of the Government of Portugal (Lisbon & Porto, Portugal; May 2007).
- Technology Commercialization in & Through Asia: The Case of Taiwan, IC2 Institute—Presenter & Leader, (Austin, Texas; February 2007).
- Mexican Department of Economic Development INVITE Entrepreneurial Competition, Intellectual Property Workshop—Presenter & Leader, (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; November 2006).
- International Intellectual Property Protection, Transactions, and Enforcement; Adjunct Professor, Center for Data Processing & Information Technology; International Technology Research Institute, Taipei, Taiwan [on-line teaching] (January-March 2006 & November-December 2006).
- Intellectual Property Panel: “IP—Keep It or Give It Away”, 7th Annual IEEE-UT Engineering Management Conference (Austin, Texas; August 2006).
- Space Industry Intellectual Property Management: Rules and A Roadmap of Rising Relevance, 6th Australian National Space Science Conference (Canberra, Australia; July 2006).
- European Economic Infrastructure Sustainability & Intellectual Property Rights, 9th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation (Santorini Island, Greece; June 2006).
- Integrated Robotic Actuator Technologies & Intellectual Property Rights; ACTUATOR 2006 Conference (Bremen, Germany; June 2006).
- Space Materials Intellectual Property Management: Rules and A Roadmap of Rising Relevance, Aerospace Materials Conference (Seattle, Washington; May 2006).
- Privatized and Commercial Space Intellectual Property Rights, International Space Development Conference (Los Angeles, California; May 2006).
- International Intellectual Property Rights for Aerospace Nuclear Power Technologies: A Global Roadmap, 2006 IEEE Aerospace Conference (Big Sky, Montana; March 2006).
- Property Rights & Business Transactions in Entrepreneurial Space Commerce, SPACE EXPLORATION: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY? Conference, International Space University; Poster Session (Strasbourg, France; October 2005).
- Entrepreneurship: Business and Legal Fundamentals; Maastricht School of Management (Nicosia, Cyprus; June-July 2005).
- International Intellectual Property Rights & Space Exploration Technologies, World Aerospace Congress 2005, Society of Automotive Engineers (Dallas, TX; October 2005).
- Commercial Space Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer. 5th Australian National Space Society Conference, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; September 2005).
- Commercial Intellectual Property Rights and Space Exploration: A Major Paradigm Shift, AIAA’s SPACE 2005 Conference (Long Beach, CA; August 2005).
- Space Exploration Technology Development Through Intellectual Property Analysis, 8th International Mars Society Convention (Boulder, CO; August 2005).
- International Intellectual Property Rights & Space Exploration Technologies, International Space Development Conference 2005 (Washington, D.C.; May 2005).
- Advanced Space Propulsion Technologies & Intellectual Property Commercialization, 16th JPL/MFSC/UAH Advanced Space Propulsion Workshop (Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL; April 2005).
- International Intellectual Property Aspects of Space Technology Commercialization, First Conference on Space Exploration by American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (Orlando, FL; January 2005).
- Commercialization and Funding of Space Technology Development, Space Technology & Applications International Forum by University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM; February 2003).
- Intellectual Property Fundamentals Seminar, AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference (Orange County, CA; September 2002).
- Intellectual Property Considerations in Space Technology Commercialization, European Space Agency Conference on Data Systems in Aerospace (Dublin, Ireland; May 2002).
- Managing & Licensing Intellectual Property Assets, Co-Chaired American Intellectual Property Law Association National Conference; (Orange County, California; 2004).
- Intellectual Property & Space Technology Commercialization, Mars Society Conference (Chicago, IL; August 2001).
- Intellectual Property & Space Technology Commercialization, Space Studies Institute, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ; July 2001).
- International Technology Commercialization Legal & Business Fundamentals, Invited Lecturer, U.S. Agency for International Development (Moscow, Russia 1998; Samara, Russia 2000; Tomsk [Siberia], Russia 2001).