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New York City Intellectual Property Law Group Joins Scarinci Hollenbeck


October 4, 2017

Three new Intellectual Property attorneys, formerly of W.R. Samuels, Join Scarinci Hollenbeck’s New York City Office, Expanding its Offerings in Copyright, Trademarks and Patent Law

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New York, NY, October 4, 2017Scarinci Hollenbeck is proud to announce that leading intellectual property attorneys William R. “Bill” Samuels, John C. Laurence, and Iva Rukelj have joined the firm’s intellectual property (“IP”) team, resident in the New York City Office. The team comes to Scarinci Hollenbeck from W.R. Samuels Law PLLC, and further expands its growing New York/New Jersey intellectual property practice. Bill will chair the firm’s newly formed Copyright and Trademark practice group.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to scale tailored IP solutions for clients” said Bill Samuels concerning his decision to join forces with Scarinci Hollenbeck.

Bringing on the former W.R. Samuels attorneys further expands Scarinci Hollenbeck’s national and international footprint, as Bill Samuels and his team have had a presence in California for some years and their work extends globally.

“Scarinci Hollenbeck now has a San Francisco office, minutes from the Silicon Valley,” said Russell Ascher, Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have Bill, John, Iva, and their paralegal Kathleen join our firm, strengthening our patent litigation presence worldwide.”

The three new Scarinci Hollenbeck Attorneys are as follows:


William R. Samuels William R. Samuels, Partner 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.
Email: wsamuels@sh-law.comPhone: 212-784-6939


Iva Rukelj Iva Rukelj, Associate devotes her practice to intellectual property issues surrounding trademark, copyright, design, fashion, advertising, media, and Internet law. Iva appears on behalf of clients in federal court and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Immediately before coming to Scarinci Hollenbeck, Iva was associated with W.R. Samuels Law, PLLC in New York. Iva’s extensive experience began while living in Europe, where her passion for intellectual property law developed while serving as a general counsel to an advertising agency.
Email: irukelj@sh-law.com Phone: 212-794-6909


John C. Laurence John C. Laurence, Associate  is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and has prosecuted patents in various technologies including computer technologies, mechanical devices, medical devices, and financial systems. John has experience with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board including drafting and submission of appeal and reply briefs. John also prosecutes trademarks and has experience with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board including trademark oppositions and cancellations.
Email: jlaurence@sh-law.com Phone: 212-784-6929


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