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Intellectual Property Law and the Practicing Engineer

Global competition, technology job outsourcing, surviving in a less-than-exuberant economy all call for those who hold the "inventive keys" to business success-the engineers & scientists inventing & developing new marketable products & services-to know the value of and rights that relate to the intellectual properties they create. As both an experienced engineer and recognized intellectual property law expert, Mr. Hulsey will identify 10 critical technology law issues that every engineer must consider for success in the engineering practice. You will walk away from this presentation a better engineer, a better inventor, and more knowledgeable in the business of creating, protecting and managing your business' intellectual property assets.

About the Speaker

William N. Hulsey III

WILLIAM N. HULSEY III, Partner, Hulsey, Grether + Fortkort, LLP; Attorneys + Counselors. Mr. Hulsey has 17 years IP practice; J.D., Vanderbilt School of Law; Nuclear Propulsion School, U.S. Navy; M.A., Economics, University of Virginia; B.S., Mathematics, Rhodes College.

He has drafted and prosecuted more than 500 patent applications in the following areas: nanoscience and nanotechnologies; software and computer technologies; wireless and telecommunications technologies and systems; aerospace and automotive technologies; lasers, photonics, optics, and imaging technologies; energy technologies and power systems; and semiconductor devices, integrated circuits and fabrication equipment technologies.

Mr. Hulsey has substantial experience in protecting and licensing clients? intellectual property through U.S. and international patents and trademarks. Bill has expertise in general business and legal counseling and negotiation for clients. This representation includes start-up and emerging growth companies in the Austin, Houston, and Dallas/Fort Worth areas, as well as multi-national companies within and outside of Texas.

Example engagements of his include identifying, mining, and capturing the key intellectual property rights of an electronic commerce company supporting a $50,000,000 Series C financing. He has also established numerous intellectual property protection programs, including one for a newly public electronic commerce company having a market valuation of over $20 billion. In another representation, he developed and implemented a complete intellectual property protection and licensing program for a laser technology development effort supporting a critical jet aircraft competition for one of the country?s largest defense aircraft manufacturers.

Mr. Hulsey has prosecuted and led infringement analysis effort for fundamental, industry-defining patents protecting the market position of an Internet infrastructure company which, at the time of going public, generated the fourth greatest immediate share price rise in history. He also has played a leading role in patent litigation involving eight patents owned by one of the nation?s largest integrated circuit manufacturers against one of the nation?s largest personal computer manufacturers. He has negotiated and settled an intellectual property ownership dispute between one of the nation?s largest telecommunications service providers and one of the world?s largest manufacturers of telecommunications switching equipment.

Mr. Hulsey is a Senior Research Fellow at the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas and has written a number of publications and articles, including Legal Issues in the Technology Commercialization Process (Cenquest Publishing 2001) and Intellectual Property Creation and Management for Semiconductor and Related Industries (Stanford University Center for Professional Development 2001). In 1998 he served as a visiting professor of intellectual property law for the International Business and Technology Incubator in Moscow, Russia, and did the same for USAID in Samara, Russia, in 2000 and Tomsk, Russia, in 2001.

He is a 1987 graduate of Vanderbilt School of Law where he was the senior managing editor of the law review and earned the order of the coif. A former nuclear-trained submarine officer for the U.S. Navy, Mr. Hulsey has undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and economics from Rhodes College (with distinction) and the University of Virginia, respectively.