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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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Practice areas


  1. Patent Application: 83%
    29 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Licensing: 10%
    29 years, 100 cases
  3. Trademark Application: 7%
    29 years, 300 cases



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

Payment types:

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Contact info


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


Clark Tower
5100 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN, 38137


303 West Sunset Road
Suite #108
San Antonio, TX, 78209



NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 201103/07/2016
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Delegation Selectee-Washington DC AdvocacyAustin Chamber of Commerce2013
Top U.S. Ranking for Patent AttorneyAvvo.com2013
Global Compeition JudgeGlobal Idea-to-Product Competition2013
Export Services Recognition for Patent and Trademark ServicesU.S. Department of Commerce2013
National Alumni Executive BoardRhodes College2012
Delegation Selectee--Washington DC AdvocacyAustin Chamber of Commerce2012
25 Years Legal ServiceMartindale-Hubbell2012
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV-PreimminentMartindale-Hubbell Legal Directory2012
Superb 10-of-10 RatingAvvo.com2012
Avvo.comTop U.S. Rated Patent Attorney2012
FellowNew York Bar Foundation2012
FellowTexas Bar Foundation2012
Competition JudgeGlobal Idea to Product Competition, Stockholm, Sweden2011
Approved to Represent Texas UniversitiesTexas Attorney General2011
Top Texas Technology LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2000
Global FellowIC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin1999
Senior Managing EditorVanderbilt Law Review1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselBoylan Brown Code Vigdor & Wilson, LLP2008 - Present
PrincipalHULSEY HUNT PC2003 - Present
Senior PartnerLarge U.S. Law Firm (>200 Attorneys)1998 - 2003
Associate, Partner, and Austin IP Practice LeaderBAKER BOTTS LLP1990 - 1998
Electronics Engineer (GS-13)United States Department of The Army1982 - 1985
Lieutenant CommanderUnited States Navy1976 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Conspirare Symphonic ChorusTenor2011 - Present
Intellectual Property Owners AssociationMember2011 - Present
Austin Civic ChorusTenor2010 - Present
University of Texas & Global Idea to Product CompetitionsCompetition Judge2008 - Present
Texas Choral ConsortTenor2007 - Present
Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) Central Texas Regional Center for Innovation & CommercializationSelection Committee Member2007 - Present
Belize Educational FoundationSecretary & Co-Founder2003 - Present
St. Michaels Episcopal ChurchTreasurer & Choir Member1993 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1990 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember1988 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Texas Global Intellectual Property SummitChair & Organizer2009 - 2010
Space Authority of Texas (2006);Co-Founder & V.P.-Secretary,2005 - 2006
Knowbility FoundationCo-Founder & Board Member1998 - 2004
Leadership AustionClass Member & Board of Directors1996 - 2002
Boys & Girlsl Clubs of AmericaBoard of Directors & Vice President of Board1993 - 2009
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember1987 - 1990
U.S. Navy ReserveLieutenant Commander1985 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
U.S. Patent No. 7,999,174 Solar Module Structures and Assembly Methods for Three-Dimensional Thin-Film Solar CellsPatent Issued
8,651,053 Gravity fed automatic rotary vein dispenserPatent Issued
8,615,608 PC managed networked audio bell/intercom systemPatent Issued
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Publication nameTitleDate
a monthly newsletter highlighting news relating to intellectual property, technology events and conferences throughout the worldHULSEYIP INVENTIONS & TECHNOLOGY MONITOR;2007
Stanford Center for Professional DevelopmentCreating, Managing, and Commercializing Intellectual Property2006
C2 Institute, University of TexasThe Law of Technology Commercialization2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of VirginiaEconomicsMA - Masters1987
Catholic University of AmericaN/ACompleted two years night law school1985
United States Navy Nuclear Power ProgramNuclear Engineering/Submarine QualifiedQualified Nuclear Engineer1978
Rhodes CollegeTheoretical MathematicsBS - Bachelor of Science1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
HC 2014 IP Lectures over LunchMedical & Life Sciences IP Trends2014
HC 2014 IP Lectures over LunchExecution: The Art & Practice of IP Management2014
HC 2014 IP Lecture over LunchIntellectual Property & SXSW 2014: Navigating an Open Ocean of Creativity & Commerce2014
Greater Rochester organizations (city)$1B to Apple for Samsung’s Patent Infringement: A Landmark Tech Industry Jury Award:2013
WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY 2011International Intellectual Property2011
University of Texas/University of Monterrey Certificate ProgramGlobal Issues in Intellectual Property Protection & Commercializaation2011
STANFORD UNIVERSITY v. ROCHE MOLECULAR SYSTEMSUniversity Intellectual Property Licensing2011
A TEXAS TWO-STEP SUMMER SALUTE TO LATIN AMERICAIntellectual Property in Latin America2011
UT McCombs School/Monterrey Technology University Masters of Science in Science & Technology Commercialization ProgramIntellectual Property Basics for Technology Managers2010
HULSEYIP Special Business BriefingThe U.S. Supreme Court Decision in BILSKI V. KAPPOS: A Defining Moment in U.S. Patent Law2010
HULSEYIP Special Business BriefingPAUL ALLEN’S PATENT LAWSUIT & YOUR ON-LINE BUSINESS: An Internet Patent Case That May Change Your Business Model2010
UTEN NetworkEvolving Trends in International Intellectual Property Rights: U.S. Options in A Challenging Economy2009
University Technology Entrepreneurship Network (UTEN) ProgramIntellectual Property Practices & Concerns for Portuguese Technology Companies2009
National Institute for Intellectual PropertyU.S. Intellectual Property Practices & Concerns for Portuguese Technology Companies2009
High Technology Rochester Start Up Workshop10 Intellectual Property Mistakes Of Early Stage Companies & How to Avoid Them2009
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 ConferenceSpace Technology Commercialization and IP Protection: The View from The United States2008
2008 Plumbing Manufacturers Institute Annual MeetingKey Issues in High Quality IP Management for The Mechanical & Plumbing Industries2008
International Software Intellectual Property Protection & Licensing WorkshopInternational Software Intellectual Property Protection & Licensing2007
IC2 Institute Taiwan WorkshipTechnology Commercialization in & Through Asia: The Case of Taiwan2007
10th International Conference on Technology Policy and InnovationIntellectual Property In Sustainable Energy Technologies2007
INVITE Entrepreneurial Competition, Intellectual Property WorkshopU.S. & International Intellectual Property Law Fundamentals2006
International Technology Research Institute, Taipai, Taiwan [on-line teaching]International Intellectual Property Protection, Transactions, and Enforcement2006
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 Relevance2006
ACTUATOR 2006 Conference (Bremen, Germany; June 2006).Integrated Robotic Actuator Technologies & Intellectual Property Rights2006
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 ConferenceIntellectual Property Panel: “IP—Keep It or Give It Away”2006
6th Australian National Space Science ConferenceSpace Industry Intellectual Property Management: Rules and A Roadmap of Rising Relevance2006