Mentor Session: William N. Hulsey III, Esq.
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Mr. Hulsey is rated “AV—Preeminent” by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory and “10 out of 10—Superb” by the Avvo.com lawyer rating service. Over the years, Bill has prepared and prosecuted over 1500 patent applications in the technical areas of semiconductor devices, electronics, software and Internet technologies, as well as medical devices, mechanical inventions for energy and other industries, and aerospace technologies. A significant number of the patents he has obtained for clients have been deemed critical to their receiving venture investments, winning government contracts, and achieving either lucrative settlement agreements or decisions of others infringing their patents.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in theoretical mathematics from Rhodes College, where he graduated With Distinction and now serves on the national alumni executive board. Mr. Hulsey is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear program, which is widely acknowledged as having the most demanding academic program in the U.S. military. Through this training and his hands-on work as a commissioned nuclear trained naval officer, he has a deep understanding of nuclear physics, electrical power theory and generating equipment, nuclear reactor technology, thermodynamics, chemistry, materials science and metallurgy, and health physics.
As a commissioned Naval Officer, he attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy 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 a 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 Electronics Research & Development Command in Adelphi, Maryland. From this work, he maintains a Secret Security Clearance and frequently assists clients in classified matters before the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and contractors to these federal agencies.
Bill holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the Vanderbilt School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif honorary scholastic society, served as Senior Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and assisted two professors in the proofreading and editing of their respective legal treatises. While a law student at Vanderbilt, 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.
Bill also has earned a Masters of Arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia, where he studied mathematical and theoretical economics. His graduate thesis was to research and describe salient 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.
Mr. Hulsey is a member of the State Bars of Texas, Tennessee and New York and Registered to Practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the New York Bar Foundation, and a Sustaining Member of the New York Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before 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.
He serves as a Global Fellow of the IC2 (Innovation, Creativity & Capital) Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. Through his legal work, as well as with teaching through the IC2 Institute, Mr. Hulsey has visited and taught intellectual property rights formation, protection, and commercialization in 43 countries throughout the world.
Mr. Hulsey established HULSEY, P.C., Intellectual Property Lawyers to apply a highly developed specialty and experience in a broad span of technical fields. HULSEY, P.C. 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. As broad and numerous as are HULSEY, P.C.’s technological proficiencies, the firm is yet tightly focused in 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.
Clients receiving HULSEY, P.C. services span the globe in geographic diversity from Norway to New Zealand, north-to-south, and from Siberia to Singapore, east-to-west. HULSEY, P.C. 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.
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, P.C. takes a leading role in the Inventor Assistance Pro Bono Program, as established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011. Moreover, 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. Most recently, Bill wrote the submission for the City of Austin to receive a U.S. Patent Office Satellite Office, which assisted in Texas’ successful selection for the venue. He also frequently serves as a Judge in the internationally recognized Idea to Product (I2P®) UT Competition at the University of Texas campus. Most recently, He served as a judge for The I2P® Portugal Competition 2010, which has organized by COTEC Portugal and for the 2011 and 2012 Global I2P® Competition at the Royal Technical University in Stockholm, Sweden.
Bill also 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.
An avid singer of classical choral works, Bill is a tenor with the Texas Choral Consort, the Conspirare Symphony 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 ten-year period, including most recently, Beethoven’s most significant work, Missa Solemnis, to be performed in the summer of 2013.