William Hulsey

Principal
(512) 478-9190
Bill.Hulsey@HulseyIPLaw.com

Mr. Hulsey is the founder of HULSEY PC and practices in both in both Austin, Texas and Memphis, Tennessee. In addition, Mr. Hulsey is Special Patent Counsel for the Rochester, New York firm of Boylan Code, LLP. He is a member of the State Bars of Texas, Tennessee and New York and Registered to Practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. The Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory has (a) rated Mr. Hulsey AV-Preeminent for the past six years, (b) rated him as AV-Preeminent Judicial Edition (the highest possible rating), (c) named him a Top Rated Texas Attorney for Ethics and Legal Ability,” (d) awarded him repeated with their Client Distinction Award based on multiple evaluations of his client service and relationships skills, and (e) listed him in their Bar Registry of Preeminent Attorneys. He is listed among The Best Lawyers in America for patent law, and Hulsey PC as one The Best Law Firms in America. Bill has been recognized with a Top 1% Most Honored Professionals award by The American Registry. For the past five years, www.Avvo.com, America’s largest on-line attorney directory, has both rated Mr. Hulsey as 10 out of 10-Superb and recognized him with their Clients Choice Award in the areas of Patent Law, Trademark Law, and Licensing Law. During this period, www.Avvo.com has continuously ranked his patent practice with their highest client rating in America of all practicing U.S. patent attorneys.

Mr. Hulsey serves as a Global Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin and has served on the Board of Directors for the Central Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC), as well as over five years on RCIC Selection Committees in the Central Texas. Mr. Hulsey has served on the Selection Committee for the Central Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commercialization under The State of Texas Emerging Technology Fund Program. In 2011, Bill wrote the submission to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the City of Austin to receive a USPTO Satellite Office, which assisted in Texas’ successful selection for the new U.S. Patent Office in Dallas, Texas.

For the internationally recognized Idea to Product (I2P®) Global Competition, which was started at the University of Texas at Austin, he has served as a finalist judge for competitions at University of Lisbon, Portugal [2010], the Royal Technical University of Stockholm, Sweden [2011 & 2012] and Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora of Sao Paolo, Brazil [2013 & 2014]. Presently, Mr. Hulsey serves as an adjunct professor at St. Edward’s University’s Bill Munday School of Business teaching Digital Media Law to M.B.A. students.
On September 19, 2016, in collaboration with the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Regional Office of the USPTO, Bill lead the organization and presentation of “Patent Reform Five Years On: A Review of the America Events Act” highlighting changes in IP law and practice since the 2011 enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, including the establishment of the AIA Pro Bono Inventor Assistance Program.
Bill firmly believes that the privilege of practicing law includes an obligation of continually returning value to the profession and the communities the profession serves. Accordingly, HULSEY PC takes a leading role in the USPTO Inventor Assistance Pro Bono Program, as established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011. From 2009 to the present, Mr. Hulsey has been a leading voice in establishing the Texas effort for the Program and even represented the very first Texas pro bono inventor under the Program, before the Program was made part of the America Invents Act. He presently serves on the Texas Statewide Steering Committee for the program. From establishing the initial home for the effort at the Arlington, Texas Chamber of Commerce in 2012 to securing its present Austin home of Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) in late 2015, Mr. Hulsey has worked with former Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig Enoch and others to organize this program for providing pro bono services for eligible inventors. This has included organizing and co-chairing the 2015 Texas Global IP Summit to help support the Pro Bono Program, as well as an upcoming 2016 Texas America Invents Act Summit, recognizing five years since the Act’s September 16, 2011 signing by President Obama.
Mr. Hulsey holds a J.D. from the Vanderbilt School of Law where he was Senior Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif; a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Virginia focusing on technology industry economic development; and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Rhodes College, where he graduated With Distinction.
While earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Vanderbilt School of Law in 1987, he formed the by-laws and corporate charter for the Nashville Business Incubation Center, by which he began his career of serving the technology law needs of early-stage and emerging growth companies, particularly serving minority business owners in middle Tennessee. At Rhodes College, Mr. Hulsey recently completed (10/2015) a three-year term on The Rhodes College Alumni Executive Board and is helping his alma mater with spawning new entrepreneurial ventures from the student body, as well as throughout the Memphis and Mid-South communities, by sponsoring and judging the College’s annual Entrepreneurship Club’s Business Plan Competition.
Bill, in earning his Masters of Arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia, studied mathematical and theoretical economics and focused his graduate thesis an econometric model on essential factors determining the growth of regional technology centers, such as Austin, Texas; Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; the Route 128 Area near Boston, Massachusetts; and Silicon Valley, California.
He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and The United States Federal District Court for the Northern & Western Districts of Texas, and all Texas courts. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the New York Bar Foundation and a Sustaining Member of the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Hulsey has twice been formally recognized 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. Moreover, his law firm is a Veteran Owned Small Business and has been 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.
Mr. Hulsey organized and led collaborative efforts with The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce to host the 2010 Texas Global Intellectual Property Summit. This event was attended by approximately 400 participants and featured (a) Mr. David Kappos, Under-Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property/Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office; (b) Congressman and House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R, Tx-21); (c) Mr. James Pooley, Deputy Director General of The World Intellectual Property Organization for Technology & Innovation; and (d) Mr. Lee Soowon, Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office. Mr. Hulsey has led efforts by the Austin IP stakeholder committee at large to petition the USPTO to establish an Austin USPTO Satellite Office, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011.
In September 2012, Bill collaborated with the USPTO and the University of Texas to host the USPTO’s Texas Regional Independent Inventors Conference in Austin at the University of Texas Campus, and further with the USPTO, The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) to host at Texas A&M University the first ever joint AIPLA-AUTM co-branded event on the America Invents Act of 2011.
Over the past several years, Mr. Hulsey also has served as part of a multi-disciplined task force from the University of Texas at Austin under the banner of The University Technology Entrepreneurship Network (UTEN). UTEN knowledge transfer supports objectives that are becoming more and more important for universities in Europe, the US, and elsewhere: (1) excellence in education and research, (2) enhanced interaction with the local region, and (3) enhanced internationalization.
Mr. Hulsey established HULSEY PC to apply a highly developed specialty and experience in a broad span of technical fields. HULSEY PC takes great pride in serving emerging growth companies competing in global markets with products and services relating to renewable and sustainable energy technologies, life sciences, electronics, environmental innovations, software, and aerospace technologies.
Presently, HULSEY PC serves a client base of over 400 clients. As broad and numerous as are HULSEY PC’s technological proficiencies, the firm is yet tightly focused on providing its clients with the highest quality in patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark legal services. As a practicing patent attorney, Mr. Hulsey has developed and implemented complete intellectual property protection and licensing programs for numerous companies.
Mr. Hulsey has committed his law practice and professional endeavors to promoting entrepreneurship and the protection and commercialization of his clients’ intellectual property rights. His range of legal representation covers initial IP portfolio development work through litigation in enforcing clients IP rights. HULSEY PC takes pride in obtaining for its clients expertly drafted and strategically considered patents, trademarks, copyrights, and related agreements and official filings. Bill has represented clients in intellectual property matters before Federal District Courts in Dallas, Austin, and Houston, Texas, as well as in San Jose, California and Rochester, New York.
Most recently, Mr. Hulsey has been involved as IP counsel for the intensive due diligence phases of a number of multi-million dollar corporate transactions involving clients in the telecommunications, photovoltaic solar cell, and electronic medical sensor technology fields. As a result of the IP protection and commercialization efforts of his firm, clients have received multiples of their initial valuations in these transactions.
Clients receiving HULSEY PC services range in geographic diversity north-to-south from Norway to New Zealand and east-to-west from Siberia to Singapore. HULSEY PC represents clients before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, as well as other intellectual property offices of nations around the globe via a network of foreign associates with whom the practice daily collaborates. Through his legal work, as well as with teaching through the IC2 Institute, Mr. Hulsey has taught intellectual property rights formation, protection, and commercialization in over 45 countries and on all continents, except Antarctica.
Bill is the author of 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.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Hulsey was a commissioned Naval Officer, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Force. Bill served first as a member of the USS Jacksonville (SSN699) nuclear submarine pre-commissioning and initial sea trials crew and then later as an Engineering Duty Officer, completing his naval service as Commanding Officer of an engineering unit supporting Submarine Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While in graduate school, Bill worked as a Scientific & Technical Intelligence Analyst for the United States Army’s Foreign Science & Technology Center in Charlottesville, Virginia and the Army’s Electronics Research & Development Command in Adelphi, Maryland. From this work, he maintained a Top Secret Security Clearance and frequently has assisted clients in classified matters before the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and contractors to these federal agencies.
An avid singer of classical choral works, Bill is a tenor with the Texas Choral Consort, the Conspirare Symphonic Chorus, the Austin Civic Chorus, and the St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Chancel Choir. He has sung an extensive variety of choral works from a broad array of composers over a twelve-year period, including Ludwig von Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and his most significant choral work, Missa Solemnis, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches RequiemJohn Corigliano’s arrangement of Dylan Thomas’ poem Fern HillGabriel Urbain Faure’s RequiemG.F. Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Messiah, Joseph Haydn’s The CreationWolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, Ariel Ramirez’ Navidad NuestraGioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina (Pro Pax), Heinrich Shutz Johannes-Passion, Randall Thompson’s FrostianaBeethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Op.123, Ravel’s Daphnes et Cloe, and Poulenc’s Gloria with Conspirare, Austin’s Grammy Award winning choral music organization.
Mr. Hulsey has recently performed as a member of the Austin performance chorus for Andrea Bocelli, the world’s most beloved tenor. In 2014, he sang with the Austin Symphony Chorus-Chorus Austin performances of Beethoven’s Hallelujah ChorusChoral Fantasia, Op. 80Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, Handel’s Messiah, and Johanne Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat in D Minor.  2015 performances included Mozart’s Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, with the Austin Symphony Chorus and Austin Civic Chorus. In November 2015, he also sang Poulenc’s Gloria and Ravel’s Daphnes et Chloe with Conspirare and the Austin Symphony Chorus, which serendipitously became a timely and poignant salute to France that followed the Paris terrorist bombings.
During the summer of 2016, Bill traveled to Italy with Conspirare and other Texas choral groups to sing in the Vatican in Rome and other sacred venues, including Santa Maria and The Angels, in Rome, Santa Catarina’s Cathedral in Pisa, and other venues in 9-day tour of good will and cultural exchange.
Bill and his wife, Donna, have been married for 38 years and are blessed with three wonderful daughters.