William E. Schuyler Jr.,
who was also a partner
in law firms during his
career, took leading
roles in the American
|William Earl Schuyler Jr.
-- Adam Bernstein The Washington Post 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.
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 ambassador.
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 School.
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 the association.
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.