About Us

The IP Section focuses on educational programs and the exchange of information about new or proposed developments in the intellectual property field. 

All Texas Bar members working in IP-related matters are invited to join. It doesn't matter if your practice focuses on litigation, on advising businesses, or on developing new intellectual property, we have committees that focus exactly on what you do.

Section Report 2018-2019

Intellectual Property Law Section continued its pro bono tour educating entrepreneurs on IP law in Waco this year. In February, the section held the Advanced Intellectual Property Course in Dallas, including a presentation by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison. The 2019 Annual Meeting in Austin included 6 hours of CLE as well as awards and a keynote presentation by Larry Hornbeck. The Advanced Patent Litigation Course will be held in July in San Antonio. This year also has been a year of firsts for the section. The section introduced the IP Legends series, and initiative designed to capture the life and vitality of lawyers who have made their mark on IP law in Texas through written or recorded interviews. The first interviewee was Tom Morris, an Amarillo trial attorney who is well known in the IP community for having successfully argued the Graham v. John Deere Co. case  at the U.S. Supreme court. This is the seminal case on patent obviousness and continues to be regularly cited over 40 years after it was first decided. The section also held its first Trademark Boot Camp, educating attorneys, paralegals, and law students on trademark law.
-Kirby Drake, Chair