William S. Wyler

Of Counsel

Bill Wyler moved his practice to Flagel and Papakirk in 2016, after more than 25 years at another firm, because of F&P’s fast growing reputation as an outstanding law firm with a concentration on solving business related legal issues.

Bill’s practice continues to focus on (1) the protection of intellectual property and (2) technology licensing and transfer. His protection of intellectual property practice includes registration and licensing of trademarks and copyrights; prosecution and defense of trademark, trade secret, and copyright infringement claims, both administratively and in court; and in drafting, prosecuting and defending non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements.

His technology licensing and transfer practice includes drafting and negotiating, often complex, development, acquisition, licensing and hosting agreements. In each of these practice areas, Bill is a leader in the field, developing the strategies and methods that are in common use today.

He has chaired both the Ohio State Bar Association Computer Law Committee and the Board of Governors of the Intellectual Property Section. He chaired the Cincinnati Bar Association Computer Law Committee. He has received an AV rating (the highest rating) from Martindale-Hubble, the rating service used by most other lawyers, for 16 consecutive years. He has been named a “Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property” by American Lawyer Media every year since 2013 and a “Top Rated Lawyer in Technology” every year since 2012. He served for ten years on the Cincinnati Bar Association’s grievance committee, which oversees attorney conduct.

He was appointed, by Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Court Technology and he served on the Board of the Center for Information Technology and the Law, which was a joint project of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the School of Business. He taught Computer Law at both the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, all courts in the State of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, for the D.C. Circuit and for the Federal Circuit. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio and the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Areas of Practice


  • 1972, Ohio & U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, and U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • 1973, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • 1975, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit