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.

Contact W.R. Samuels Law

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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  • 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
  • Getting Your Trademark Filed: Intent-to-Use vs. Actual UseIf you're doing business in the US and want to acquire a trademark registration, there are two main types of applications that you can file. · Use-based application: A use-based application is appropriate when you are already using the mark...Read More
  • GETTING YOUR TRADEMARK FILED: INTENT-TO-USE VS. ACTUAL USEIf you're doing business in the US and want to acquire a trademark registration, there are two main types of applications that you can file. Use-based application: A use-based application is appropriate when you are already using the mark in...Read More
  • ARE YOU RISKING YOUR BRAND EQUITY?When people start a business, they tend to focus on their business objectives and goals: the products, services, relationships, as well as administrative and other internal business structures required to make their business efficient. After a while, the business name...Read More
  • HOW CAN THE PATENT PROSECUTION HIGHWAY HELP YOU?The Patent Prosecution Highway is a set of initiatives for providing accelerated patent prosecution among 23 nations, which provides a method for expediting examination of a pending patent application in a foreign country. Once one of the enrolled countries has...Read More
  • 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Star ListBill Samuels has been selected to the 2015 New York Metro Rising Stars list for the third year. The 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists will be included in The New York Times on October 4,...Read More
  • Phantom MarksWhen filing for a trademark, it is important to remember that you are filing for the mark as you use or plan to use it. That is, you can only file for one mark per application. For example, if you...Read More
  • W.R. Samuels Law will be featured in Forbes Legal Black Book coming out May, 2015.Bill Samuels will be speaking at "Trademarks A to Z: From Clearance Search To Litigation" for the New York State Bar Association on Friday, April 24, 2015. For more information: http://www.nysba.org...Read More
  • FTC Enforcement of Unfair and Deceptive Advertising in a Crowdfunding CampaignThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought its first successful case against a crowdfunded company for unfair and deceptive advertising. Section 5 of the FTC Act (15 U.S.C. §45) prohibits ''unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce.''...Read More
  • Growth with a purposeMy motivation is to use the power of the moustache to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health. 1 in 7 brothers, fathers, grandfathers, and friends around the world will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. I am...Read More