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William R. Samuels is a seasoned intellectual property attorney who devotes his practice primarily to copyright and trademark law, tailoring strategies and protection plans to achieve each respective client's goals and business objectives.

Before joining Scarinci Hollenbeck, Bill was the founding member of his eponymous 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.

Bill began his 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. He 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.

Education

  • Emory University School of Law (JD,  2006)
  • University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2000)
  • Georgetown University (B.A. 1997)

Admissions

  • New York, 2008
  • California, 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, California Lawyers for the Arts

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
Title

IP Section Annual Meeting -  New York State Bar Association, 2017

Perspectives on Trademark Licensing from In-House and Outside Counsel - New York State Bar Association: IP Section Annual Meeting, 2016

Trademarks,  Domain Names & Cybersquatting - NY State Bar Association,  IP Section Trademark Committee, 2016

Venturing Forward: Issues Facing Start-Up Companies - NY State Bar Association, IP Section Fall Meeting 2016, 2016

INTA Roundtable: The Madrid Protocol - Staying Afloat when Navigating the waters of the Madrid Protocol - International Trademark Association, 2016

Trademarks: From Clearance Search To Litigation - New York State Bar Association, 2015

A Primer on Intellectual Property - New York State Bar Association, 2014

How to Enforce Against Counterfeiters: Strategies and Realities in The Connected Global Marketplace - New York State Bar Association: Fall Meeting, 2014

IP Licenses In Bankruptcy - New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Trademark Committee

Preliminary And Permanent Injunctions In Trademark Cases - New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Litigation And Trademark Committees

Basics of Intellectual Property Law - New York State Bar Association, Trademarks

Policing Your Brand On The Internet: How To Protect & Defend What Is Yours - New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Trademark Committee

Basics of IP Law: Trademarks - New York State Bar Association

Legal Considerations For Freelancers - New York University, Health & Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP), NYU Science

To Copy Or Not To Copy: Considerations In Copyright Law - Brooklyn Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section

Education

  • Emory University School of Law (JD,  2006)
  • University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2000)
  • Georgetown University (B.A. 1997)

Admissions

  • New York, 2008
  • California, 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, California Lawyers for the Arts

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
Title Publisher Date
Rosetta Stone Ltd. v. Google Inc.: Deciphering Trademark Issues in Keyword Advertising (Part Two), GPSolo eReport  American Bar Association, Vol. 3, No.3 October, 2013
Rosetta Stone Ltd. v. Google Inc.: Deciphering Trademark Issues in Keyword Advertising (Part One), GPSolo eReport  American Bar Association, Vol. 3, No. 1 August, 2013
Teller v. Dogge: When Two Magicians Duel Over the Secret to an Iconic Illusion They Conjure a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit, Volume 38, Number 1 April 1, 2013
Celebrating 20 Years of The Intellectual Property Law Section: Trademark Law Bright Ideas, Winter, Volume 21, Number 3 2012

Education

  • Emory University School of Law (JD,  2006)
  • University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2000)
  • Georgetown University (B.A. 1997)

Admissions

  • New York, 2008
  • California, 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, California Lawyers for the Arts

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
Title

Host, INTA Roundtable: The Madrid Protocol - Staying Afloat when Navigating the waters of the Madrid Protocol, International Trademark Association, 2016

Speakers focused on IP issues specific to start-ups, including whether, when, and why to seek IP protection, and the value-add to outside investors. The panel included inside and outside counsel, and early/late stage investors., Moderator, Venturing Forward: Issues Facing Start-Up Companies, NY State Bar Association, IP Section Fall Meeting 2016, 2016

The panel discussed and evaluated current practical considerations in asserting and defending cybersquatting claims, trademark considerations in light of Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy ("UDRP") decisions, litigation concerns under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA") 1999 amendment to the Lanham Act, and related enforcement and defense approaches, as well as counseling strategies for assisting clients that are operating and staking claims online., Moderator, Trademarks, Domain Names & Cybersquatting , NY State Bar Association , IP Section Trademark Committee, 2016

An overview of trademark licensing basics with additional discussion of more advanced issues., Moderator, Perspectives on Trademark Licensing from In-House and Outside Counsel, New York State Bar Association: IP Section Annual Meeting, 2016

Program covered trademark law from initiating a clearance search to litigating a trademark dispute. Attendees learned what trademark law is intended to protect, the registration process, enforcement issues in trademark litigation, and other important knowledge that you need to know if you are practicing trademark law., Speaker, Trademarks: From Clearance Search To Litigation, New York State Bar Association, 2015

This panel of in-house counsel, outside counsel, and law enforcement discussed steps taken by global brands and the state and federal government to protect rights holders and to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the US and enforcing criminal liability for the sale of counterfeit goods. An overview about brand enforcement, social media, and new gTLDs in the enforcement context was provided, accenting relevant information about enforcing against counterfeit products. , Moderator, How to Enforce Against Counterfeiters: Strategies and Realities in The Connected Global Marketplace, New York State Bar Association: Fall Meeting, 2014

Provided breakdown, information, and understanding of trademark law and domestic and international trademark practice to enable solo and small firms to address such issues for their clients. , Speaker: Trademark Law, A Primer on Intellectual Property, New York State Bar Association, 2014

Spoke on copyright, contract, and practical legal issues that affect freelance writers., Speaker, LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR FREELANCERS , New York University, Health & Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP), NYU Science

Lecture and discussion of copyright considerations regarding the Internet, digital technology, and file sharing—including a focus on fair use issues., Speaker, TO COPY OR NOT TO COPY: CONSIDERATIONS IN COPYRIGHT LAW, Brooklyn Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section

Panelists discussd issues of particular concern, including: Bankruptcy treatment of "executory contracts" and criteria for determining whether a licensing agreement is an "executory contract" Special provisions of the Bankruptcy Code governing intellectual property Differences between the bankruptcy treatment of trademarks and other types of IP Strategies for dealing with a licensor’s or licensee’s bankruptcy filing Due diligence of licensing agreements to identify potential bankruptcy issues Emerging and unresolved issues in the bankruptcy treatment of IP, Moderator, IP LICENSES IN BANKRUPTCY , New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Trademark Committee

Intellectual Property is often considered the purview of specialized boutique law firms, however, aspects of this practice area can readily be incorporated into solo and small firm practice. In this basic-level program, a seasoned faculty presented a nuts and bolts overview of copyright and trademark registration practice while addressing the various litigation challenges that may arise in those areas. The program also addressed important areas of licensing, trade secrets and changes to patent law under the new America Invents Act., Speaker, Basics of Intellectual Property Law, New York State Bar Association, Trademarks

The discussion considered the current state of preliminary and permanent injunctions in trademark matters. Issues covered included the likelihood of getting a preliminary injunction in trademark cases, the cost-benefit analysis of seeking injunctions, how these concerns affect litigation strategy, how to advise clients in such efforts, as well as developments to watch for going forward., Moderator, PRELIMINARY AND PERMANENT INJUNCTIONS IN TRADEMARK CASES, New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Litigation And Trademark Committees

Seminar touching on AdWords/keyword use/sales, as well as Web site counterfeiting, copyright issues, trademark infringement, and online IP in general., Host & Organizer, POLICING YOUR BRAND ON THE INTERNET: HOW TO PROTECT & DEFEND WHAT IS YOURS, New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Trademark Committee

Education

  • Emory University School of Law (JD,  2006)
  • University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2000)
  • Georgetown University (B.A. 1997)

Admissions

  • New York, 2008
  • California, 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, California Lawyers for the Arts

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
Description Date

Lawyers of Distinction *

2017

SuperLawyers Metro Rising Stars ** 

2013, 2014, 2015

Forbes Legal Black Book, Forbes ***

2015

* Lawyers of Distinction offers membership to no more than 10% of attorneys in any given state. Lawyers of Distinction uses it own independent criteria, including both objective and subjective factors in determining if an attorney can be recognized as being within the top 10% of attorneys in the United States in their respective field., Lawyers of Distinction -- Top 10% in USA

** the Superlawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html

***Forbes Legal Black Book created by Forbes Business Division is a compendium of law firms recognized for providing legal services to U.S. and global corporations.

Education

  • Emory University School of Law (JD,  2006)
  • University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2000)
  • Georgetown University (B.A. 1997)

Admissions

  • New York, 2008
  • California, 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, California Lawyers for the Arts

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
Blogs

Education

  • Emory University School of Law (JD,  2006)
  • University of Pennsylvania (M.A. 2000)
  • Georgetown University (B.A. 1997)

Admissions

  • New York, 2008
  • California, 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, California Lawyers for the Arts

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish