William N. Hulsey III

William N. Hulsey III

Practice areas:

Patent application, Licensing, Trademark application

About me

Mr. Hulsey established HULSEY Intellectual Property Lawyers, P.C. to apply a highly-developed specialty and experience in energy technologies, including nuclear reactor and materials processing technologies. Graduating from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics, he began his career as a US Navy Nuclear Qualified Submarine Officer. His active duty experience included the construction, initial criticality testing, and operational testing and performance of several shipboard nuclear reactor propulsion plants. Since leaving active duty Naval service he has obtained a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Virginia, focusing on the commercialization of technologies, and a Juris Doctorate from The Vanderbilt School of Law, which he uses in active practice as a patent attorney specializing in the areas of energy and aerospace technologies.

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. He serves on the Selection Committee for the Central Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commercialization under The State of Texas Emerging Technology Fund Program. Also, Bill will be a Judge in the nationally-recognized 2009 Idea to Product (I2P®) UT Competition at the University of Texas campus.

Through his work as a Fellow of the IC2 Institute, Mr. Hulsey has taught intellectual property rights formation, protection, and commercialization on all continents, except Antarctica, and HULSEY Intellectual Property Lawyers, P.C. provides a team of highly-qualified lawyers, agents, and staff representing clients in patent, trademark, and other intellectual property issues in locations ranging from Slovakia to Australia.

Today, Bill is part of a multi-disciplined task force from the University of Texas at Austin serving the Portuguese nation—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. The UT-Austin/Portugal UTEN cooperative program fosters ongoing S&T commercialization activities and experiences of relevant Portuguese universities and institutions to build on Portugal’s existing talent and knowledge base to help meet Portugal’s most critical challenges in the area of university-industry collaboration and S&T commercialization.

Bill holds a Secret security clearance and has served the Department of Defense in active duty and reserve military, civil servant engineering, and private law practice attorney capacities for a period spanning over thirty (30) years. As a licensed patent attorney, Mr. Hulsey has handled a wide variety of classified patent, proprietary information, trade secret, and intellectual property licensing and contracting matters.


Languages spoken: German, Portuguese

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Hourly ($200-450/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Contact info

919 Congress Avenue
Suite #919
Austin, TX, 78701-2151

Customer Reviews

I have worked with Bill off and on for several years on various patents. His dedication to and genuine interest in our success are matched with a deep understanding of IP law and its many intricacies. Bill’s knowledge and prior experience ranges from working with large market leading corporations to entrepreneurial start ups, and extends from various commercial industries to military and aerospace, with their many requirements. Bill’s experience was essential in helping us to meet our challenging patent needs. He is a true professional who works quickly and efficiently, with an expert staff that has kept us very well informed of the ongoing status of our IP portfolio. It will be our pleasure to keep working with Bill and his team for our ongoing IP needs.

Husley IP is an excellent law firm. Bill runs his organization with such well-honed professionalism and integrity you know right away you’ve come to the right place for your IP needs. Bill himself is exceptionally well-versed and always in tune with the latest developments in IP law and potential impact for his clients. The organization has a broad depth of technology acumen. Bill is extremely diligent in keeping clients informed on the status of their IP portfolio. His sense of understanding the protection needs of the entrepreneur provides one with a level of confidence to know such items have been placed in good hands. His extensive network of contacts and resources provide clients with global reach if needed. Bill is an excellent choice for anyone seeking IP protection work.

I have worked with Bill Hulsey and Loren Smith for about 3.5 years on a software patent for Cachinko.com. They are very talented, easy to work with, and are good at understanding technical requirements quickly. I was referred to Bill by one of his current clients and have already referred him 2 new customers in the software and bio-tech industry.

I recommend Hulsey IP for technology patent work. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.

Patent #12 just issued and there are several more in the works, both domestic and international. I’ve worked with Bill since 1991 (following him from firm to firm) and never regreted a moment of it. He simply does it all right for a reasonable price. I’ve been with 5 different companies since meeting Bill and evaluated numerous other attorneys and firms but always stayed with Bill. He is extremely knowledgable about a very, very wide range of technologies and always brings something to the crafting of claims that turns out to be valuable. Excellent choice for anyone.

Bill Hulsey and his team are some of the best IP attorneys I have encountered. I have applied for seven patents and have four patents issued. In addition, as a consultant I have worked with a number of companies on their IP issues. Bill and his associates are the best. On recent patent submissions they took my claims and expanded on them and made them more approriate for the application. I would highly recommend Bill for any IP work.

Bill Hulsey has a wealth of practical knowledge about intellectual property and is extremely easy to work with. He understands IP, how IP works in the business world, and critically, how to relate to inventors and entrepreneurs seeking to maximize protection and value. The byzantine intricacies of patent law confound most inventors and innovators, and Bill has the rare ability to explain any aspects of patent law to the lay person. You can place your full trust in him. The results with our patents have been outstanding.

Being based out of Canada we needed a respectable lawyer to help us with protecting our IP in the US. Bill and his team were very knowledgeable and eager to explain US IP Law to us. Highly recommend.

I have worked with Bill and his team off and on for the past 10 years. His knowledge and pleasant personality makes him easy to work with. Since he is very efficient with his time, I have gotten the most value from what I have paid as well. Additionally, Bill has a worldwide network of resources to draw from making international patent work very effective. I’ve worked with many lawyers over the years. I consider Bill at the top of list when it comes to patent work.

Within one day of talking with Bill on the phone about my patent idea, I got a face to face meeting with him to educate me on the patent process, scope out work, and estimate cost. His firm filed my provisional patent competently and cost effectively. Since then I have transferred my trademark work over to his firm as well. In my experience whenever I have a quesiton I can call him up and get a quick and thorough response. I am very satisfied with his firm’s work.

For a growing start-up technology company, the protection of our intellectual property is of utmost priority and importance. Bill and his team assisted us in quicky assessing our IP needs and provided advice and service to protect us. The professionalism and service was outstanding and we were provided sound advice to meet our needs. Bill and his firm exude fairness and service that goes unquestioned. I strongly recommend Hulsey IP law firm to anyone needing legal advice and service to protect Intellectual property.

State Status Acquired Updated
NY Delinquent 2011 07/10/2016
TX Eligible To Practice In Texas 1991 11/19/2016
TN Suspended 1987 11/24/2016
Award name Grantor Date granted
Delegation Selectee-Washington DC Advocacy Austin Chamber of Commerce 2013
Top U.S. Ranking for Patent Attorney Avvo.com 2013
Global Compeition Judge Global Idea-to-Product Competition 2013
Export Services Recognition for Patent and Trademark Services U.S. Department of Commerce 2013
National Alumni Executive Board Rhodes College 2012
Delegation Selectee–Washington DC Advocacy Austin Chamber of Commerce 2012
25 Years Legal Service Martindale-Hubbell 2012
Client Distinction Award Martindale-Hubbell 2012
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers Martindale-Hubbell 2012
AV-Preimminent Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory 2012
Superb 10-of-10 Rating Avvo.com 2012
Avvo.com Top U.S. Rated Patent Attorney 2012
Fellow New York Bar Foundation 2012
Fellow Texas Bar Foundation 2012
Competition Judge Global Idea to Product Competition, Stockholm, Sweden 2011
Approved to Represent Texas Universities Texas Attorney General 2011
Top Texas Technology Lawyer Texas Monthly Magazine 2000
Global Fellow IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin 1999
Senior Managing Editor Vanderbilt Law Review 1986
Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Of Counsel Boylan Brown Code Vigdor & Wilson, LLP 2008 – Present
Principal HULSEY HUNT PC 2003 – Present
Senior Partner Large U.S. Law Firm (>200 Attorneys) 1998 – 2003
Associate, Partner, and Austin IP Practice Leader BAKER BOTTS LLP 1990 – 1998
Electronics Engineer (GS-13) United States Department of The Army 1982 – 1985
Lieutenant Commander United States Navy 1976 – 1993
Association name Position name Duration
Conspirare Symphonic Chorus Tenor 2011 – Present
Intellectual Property Owners Association Member 2011 – Present
Austin Civic Chorus Tenor 2010 – Present
University of Texas & Global Idea to Product Competitions Competition Judge 2008 – Present
Texas Choral Consort Tenor 2007 – Present
Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) Central Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commercialization Selection Committee Member 2007 – Present
Belize Educational Foundation Secretary & Co-Founder 2003 – Present
St. Michaels Episcopal Church Treasurer & Choir Member 1993 – Present
State Bar of Texas Member 1990 – Present
American Intellectual Property Law Association Member 1988 – Present
American Bar Association Member 1987 – Present
Texas Global Intellectual Property Summit Chair & Organizer 2009 – 2010
Space Authority of Texas (2006); Co-Founder & V.P.-Secretary, 2005 – 2006
Knowbility Foundation Co-Founder & Board Member 1998 – 2004
Leadership Austion Class Member & Board of Directors 1996 – 2002
Boys & Girlsl Clubs of America Board of Directors & Vice President of Board 1993 – 2009
Tennessee Bar Association Member 1987 – 1990
U.S. Navy Reserve Lieutenant Commander 1985 – 1995
Legal cases
Case name Outcome
8,651,053 Gravity fed automatic rotary vein dispenser Patent Issued
8,615,608 PC managed networked audio bell/intercom system Patent Issued
8,608,236 Front module for a motor vehicle Patent Issued
Publication name Title Date
a monthly newsletter highlighting news relating to intellectual property, technology events and conferences throughout the world HULSEYIP INVENTIONS & TECHNOLOGY MONITOR; 2007
Stanford Center for Professional Development Creating, Managing, and Commercializing Intellectual Property 2006
C2 Institute, University of Texas The Law of Technology Commercialization 2002
School name Major Degree Graduated
Vanderbilt University Law School Law JD – Juris Doctor 1987
University of Virginia Economics MA – Masters 1987
Catholic University of America N/A Completed two years night law school 1985
United States Navy Nuclear Power Program Nuclear Engineering/Submarine Qualified Qualified Nuclear Engineer 1978
Rhodes College Theoretical Mathematics BS – Bachelor of Science 1977
Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
HC 2014 IP Lectures over Lunch Medical & Life Sciences IP Trends 2014
HC 2014 IP Lectures over Lunch Execution: The Art & Practice of IP Management 2014
HC 2014 IP Lecture over Lunch Intellectual Property & SXSW 2014: Navigating an Open Ocean of Creativity & Commerce 2014
Greater Rochester organizations (city) $1B to Apple for Samsung’s Patent Infringement: A Landmark Tech Industry Jury Award: 2013
WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY 2011 International Intellectual Property 2011
University of Texas/University of Monterrey Certificate Program Global Issues in Intellectual Property Protection & Commercializaation 2011
STANFORD UNIVERSITY v. ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMS University Intellectual Property Licensing 2011
A TEXAS TWO-STEP SUMMER SALUTE TO LATIN AMERICA Intellectual Property in Latin America 2011
UT McCombs School/Monterrey Technology University Masters of Science in Science & Technology Commercialization Program Intellectual Property Basics for Technology Managers 2010
HULSEYIP Special Business Briefing The U.S. Supreme Court Decision in BILSKI V. KAPPOS: A Defining Moment in U.S. Patent Law 2010
HULSEYIP Special Business Briefing PAUL ALLEN’S PATENT LAWSUIT & YOUR ON-LINE BUSINESS: An Internet Patent Case That May Change Your Business Model 2010
UTEN Network Evolving Trends in International Intellectual Property Rights: U.S. Options in A Challenging Economy 2009
University Technology Entrepreneurship Network (UTEN) Program Intellectual Property Practices & Concerns for Portuguese Technology Companies 2009
National Institute for Intellectual Property U.S. Intellectual Property Practices & Concerns for Portuguese Technology Companies 2009
High Technology Rochester Start Up Workshop 10 Intellectual Property Mistakes Of Early Stage Companies & How to Avoid Them 2009
Special Workshop of Boylan Brown Code Vigdor & Wilson, LLP\ Ten IP Issues Affecting Your 2008 Bottom Line, 2008
Software IP Commercialization Short Course, Software IP Commercialization Short Course, Monterrey Institute of Technology (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; June 2008); 2008
European Space Agency Business Conference Space Technology Commercialization and IP Protection: The View from The United States 2008
2008 Plumbing Manufacturers Institute Annual Meeting Key Issues in High Quality IP Management for The Mechanical & Plumbing Industries 2008
International Software Intellectual Property Protection & Licensing Workshop International Software Intellectual Property Protection & Licensing 2007
IC2 Institute Taiwan Workship Technology Commercialization in & Through Asia: The Case of Taiwan 2007
10th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation Intellectual Property In Sustainable Energy Technologies 2007
INVITE Entrepreneurial Competition, Intellectual Property Workshop U.S. & International Intellectual Property Law Fundamentals 2006
International Technology Research Institute, Taipai, Taiwan [on-line teaching] International Intellectual Property Protection, Transactions, and Enforcement 2006
International Space Development Conference (Los Angeles, California; May 2006) Privatized and Commercial Space Intellectual Property Rights, 2006
Aerospace Materials Conference (Seattle, Washington; May 2006). Space Materials Intellectual Property Management: Rules and A Roadmap of Rising Relevance 2006
ACTUATOR 2006 Conference (Bremen, Germany; June 2006). Integrated Robotic Actuator Technologies & Intellectual Property Rights 2006
9th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation (Santorini Island, Greece; June 2006) European Economic Infrastructure Sustainability & Intellectual Property Rights, 9th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation (Santorini Island, Greece; June 2006); 2006
7th Annual IEEE-UT Engineering Management Conference Intellectual Property Panel: “IP—Keep It or Give It Away” 2006
6th Australian National Space Science Conference Space Industry Intellectual Property Management: Rules and A Roadmap of Rising Relevance 2006

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