Section Report 2016-2017
The Intellectual Property Law Section had a remarkable year focused on pro bono, entrepreneurs, and startups. The section held its first Pro Bono Tour, where members, in collaboration with the Texas Regional Office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, held very successful educational seminars and provided pro bono advice to over 300 stakeholders in Corpus Christi, Brownsville, and McAllen. The section also held a CLE workshop called IP Issues with Technology Startups. The Advanced Intellectual Property Course featured the Women in IP Law Breakfast session on Crisis Management and Emergency Response, which discussed how organizations should manage and respond to compromised security systems. The section held other programs throughout the year, including the Advanced Patent Litigation Course and Patent Committee meetings discussing various substantive legal issues. The section newsletter was also rebranded and got a new look. The Trade Secret Committee worked on proposed amendments to the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The section presented its first annual Trademark Award recognizing lawyers and businesses for their brand-related projects and accomplishments at the State Bar Annual Meeting. Kudos to the section for its successful year.
-Hope Shimabuku, Chair