Intellectual Property Attorneys

Full-Service IP Firm — Tailored Solutions

At W.R. Samuels Law individuals and corporate clients access full-service, business-driven intellectual property (IP) counseling that evolves with the globally changing IP environment. The firm handles 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. W.R. Samuels Law helps clients manage their IP while developing practical and creative solutions that secure their property and information at home and around the world.

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Schedule an initial consultation to learn how to protect your intellectual property.  Prospective clients can reach the New York or California offices of the firm by dialing 212-206-9399 or by filling out the online contact form.


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  • Rumblings from the UK: Staying Safe During BrexitRecent word from colleagues in the United Kingdom is that while European Union trademark filings and registrations still cover the UK, with Brexit underway the best bet these days is to file for EU coverage and UK coverage if the...Read More
  • Technically, "Data Are Still Data"In Clarilogic v. FormFree Holdings, the Court Of Appeals upheld the District Court for the Southern District of California holding that the claims of U.S. Patent Application No. 8,762,243 ('243 Patent) are ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 because they...Read More
  • Illinois Church Adds Zeros to Adidas' Legal BillsWe admit we are talking about Adidas a lot lately, but that is because (i) we truly love their gear, and (ii) they have really been active. After some bruising encounters with United States trademark law, Adidas SA recently...Read More
  • The USPTO Made a New Years' Resolution & It Impacts YouThe USPTO and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB") joined the rest of us in attempting to improve with a New Year's resolution. However, instead of already giving up on gym membership plans, the USPTO has taken 2017 by...Read More
  • Barcelona and Adidas Reach DetenteIt looks like Barcelona and Adidas have reached a deal to keep the Football Club's stripes off the USPTO register and Adidas's options open for future enforcement....Read More
  • Stripes: Adidas Files Notice of Opposition to Soccer Club FC Barcelona's TrademarkThe most interesting grudge match in professional soccer this season isn't between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, but rather the intellectual property lawyers representing Barcelona and footwear giant Adidas. "Kit" sponsoring--sponsoring the uniforms of a team--is a highly competitive...Read More
  • NY State Bar IP Section Annual MeetingBill Samuels is Program Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Meeting on January 24, 2017, at the New York Hilton Midtown, NYC. Topics will include IP issues in social media, data and privacy concerns, design protections, IP litigation,...Read More
  • A Primer on Non-Traditional TrademarksA trademark is a "source identifier." That is, a trademark generally is a word, phrase, symbol, design or a combination of words, phrases, symbols, or designs that identify and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from...Read More
  • Bill Samuels to Moderate NY State Bar Panel: "Trademarks, Domain Names, and Cybersquatting"On December 6, 2016, Bill Samuels will moderate a panel for the Trademark Committee of the NY State Bar IP Section on the topic of trademarks and issues that arise on the Internet, namely domain names and cybersquatting. The panel...Read More
  • USPTO Issues Memorandum on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility DecisionOn November 2nd, the USPTO issued new guidance to Patent Examiners regarding § 101 subject matter eligibility. The memorandum (USPTO-McRO-Bascom-Memo-1.pdf) provides guidance based on Federal Circuit decisions issued since the office's most recent, May 2016, update. The memo includes...Read More
  • Developing Requirements For Patentable Subject MatterIn talking to clients whose patent applications involve software, it simply is not good enough to ask for as much specificity as possible to help remove the invention from the realm of an abstract idea and avoid an unpatentable...Read More
  • Brexit & Trademark ConcernsIn a recent blog post, we discussed recent changes in the EU system. On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The UK-EU divorce-nicknamed "Brexit"- will be negotiated over the next several years. So,...Read More
  • IP CONSIDERATIONS: WHY THEY ARE ALWAYS IMPORTANTThere are a number and variety of considerations to evaluate when it comes to intellectual property ("IP") protections. On a base level, the core issues are what you want to protect and where you want to protect it. From that...Read More
  • 9 CHANGES IN EU TRADEMARK REFORMAs of March 23, 2016, the European Parliament brought new changes into effect relating to the Community Trade Mark System, also known as Regulation (EU) 2015/2424. The Community Trade Mark System (CTM), created in 1996, allowed brand owners to obtain...Read More
  • THE BENEFITS OF A PATENT SEARCH ARE WORTH THE COSTNo one would want to complete the process of applying for a patent only to find out that it has already been claimed. There generally are two types of inventors: the individual inventor/small company and the large, corporate research and...Read More