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William R. Samuels

Intellectual property Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   1 review

also known as Bill Samuels

  • State Years
    New York - NY 15 years
    California - CA 16 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About William

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Practice areas
  1. Intellectual property
    I concentrate on domestic and international trademark portfolio management, including trademark prosecution, enforcement efforts, as well as inter partes and ex parte TTAB proceedings. I also actively counsel clients on various copyright, trade secret, licensing, and other IP-related matters.

    17 years

  2. Licensing

    17 years

  3. Litigation

Before joining Scarinci Hollenbeck, I was the founding member of the law firm, W.R. Samuels Law PLLC, founded in 2011. The firm handled all aspects of domestic and international IP matters, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, IP enforcement and defense, IP licenses and agreements, domain names, software services, counterfeit protection, unfair competition, and IP counseling and audit services.

I began my legal career in San Francisco, CA, as outside general counsel to various startup companies, advising them on intellectual property, business strategies, and general corporate matters. I then spent three years at a California IP boutique advising clients on trademarks, copyright, design and trade dress protection, anti-counterfeiting and customs enforcement, trade secrets and unfair competition, as well as global licensing regimes.

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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2009
Forward thinking IP Advice
I have worked with Bill on a number of issues ranging from forward looking IP strategy to infocement. He has been a great resource in both cases, and I would highly recomend him. He is trustworthy, honest, and thoughtful.


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Work Experience

  • Intellectual Property, Copyright and Trademark Attorney
  • Scarinci Hollenbeck, Attorneys at Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Member
  • W.R. Samuels Law
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Associate
  • LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne
  • 2007 - 2010


  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • MA - Masters
  • 2000
  • Georgetown University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Trademark Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • NEW MATTER: IP Journal of California Bar Association
  • Articles Editor
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Trademark Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
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  • "NEW MATTER," Volume 38, Number 1
  • TELLER v. DOGGE: When Two Magicians Duel Over the Secret to an Iconic Illusion, They Conjure a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • IP Trademark Committee Roundtable
  • IP Licenses in Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • Brooklyn Bar Association CLE
  • To Copy or Not to Copy
  • 2012
  • Policing Your Brand On The Internet: How to Protect & Defend What Is Yours
  • 2011
  • Lecture
  • Legal Considerations for Freelancers
  • 2011
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Trade Secrets, Misappropriation and Enforcement
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
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Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Samuels is a highly capable attorney committed to providing clients experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive representation. I endorse him without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Bill without reservation. He is a superb IP attorney whose skills are unmatched. His unique ability to deftly analyze and explain the fine details and big picture of his subject and the matters we've worked on together are why I call him "the Chess Master of IP"."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill is an excellent IP attorney. He has helped my clients with everything filing patents and trademarks to protecting their rights in TTAB and in court. He provides practical advice that keeps your legal and business goals in mind. I highly endorse him."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill has provided me and my colleagues invaluable counseling on complex IP-related issues and I fully intend on seeking his advice in the future"
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a colleague I previously worked with at an IP firm. He is an extremely dedicated attorney that is sincerely looking out for the client's best interests. His knowledge spans many subject areas, making him an all around great attorney. Whether it is technology licensing, trademark protection, or business counseling, Bill is always a great source for the current state of the law. He’s also very entertaining, which makes working with him always enjoyable."
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