William E. Schuyler Jr.,
who was also a partner
in law firms during his
career, took leading
roles in the American Bar
Monday, July 30, 2007
William Earl Schuyler Jr., 93, a patent, trademark and intellectual property lawyer who served as U.S.
commissioner of patents from 1969 to 1971, died July 25 at Casey House hospice in Rockville. He had
congestive heart failure.
Besides heading the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Schuyler was co-chairman of the U.S. delegation
to the diplomatic conference that negotiated the Patent Cooperation Treaty, an international agreement
concerning protection of patented ideas.
In later years, he received further appointments to patent delegations, sometimes with the rank of
Mr. Schuyler was a native Washingtonian and a 1931 graduate of Western High School. He was a 1935
electrical engineering graduate of Catholic University and a 1940 graduate of Georgetown University Law
Early in his career, he was a partner in the law firm of Browne, Schuyler and Beveridge. From 1971 to 1983, he
was a partner of what became Schuyler, Banner, Birch, McKie and Beckett. Afterward, he became a consultant
and appeared as an expert witness.
He was a former chairman of the American Bar Association's section on patent, trademark and copyright law and held other offices within
Mr. Schuyler served on Catholic University's board of regents, an advisory group to the university's president, from 1986 to 1991. The
school had earlier given him an alumni award recognizing his government service.
He also was a former adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, where he had served on the board of visitors.
He established a scholarship fund supporting Catholic's engineering school and Georgetown Law.
He was a member of Catholic Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda as well as a principal supporter and lector. He was a
longtime Bethesda resident.
His wife, Jean Horton Schuyler, whom he married in 1938, died in 2005.
Survivors include three children, retired Army Maj. William E. Schuyler III of Camden, N.C., Majel Dunn of Potomac and Elizabeth
Serritella of Laytonsville; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
-- Adam Bernstein