Announcements

New Lawyers Committee Starts IP Ambassador Program

The New Lawyers Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas is excited to announce the inaugural Intellectual Property (IP) Ambassador Program for IP practitioners. The program is geared toward fostering a one-on-one professional relationship between senior IP practitioners willing to share their own professional experiences and knowledge with less experienced IP practitioners. In addition to offering insight into the practice of IP law, Ambassadors have the opportunity to tap into their leadership abilities, further develop their communication skills, and gain fresh perspectives from less seasoned attorneys. Participants gain valuable advice and guidance in navigating their career while building confidence and growing professionally.

To serve as an Ambassador, an attorney must:

  • practice or have previously practiced in the field of IP law;
  • have practiced law for at least 15 years;
  • complete an Ambassador pairing questionnaire;
  • be willing to commit to the program for a specified period of time (e.g. one year).

To participate in the program, an attorney must:

  • currently practice in the field of IP law;
  • have practiced law for no more than 14 years;
  • complete a participant pairing questionnaire;
  • be willing to commit to the program for a specified period of time (e.g. one year).

To learn more, ask questions, or sign up, please contact Priya Prasad.


USPTO To Expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

Program now accepting law school clinic submissions on a rolling basis

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has opened the Law School Clinic Certification Program to admit additional law schools to commence participation therein. Complete application submissions from interested law school clinical programs will be accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for submitting an application has been extended from June 30, 2017 to December 29, 2017. Applications from interested law school clinics will be examined for admission into the Program as they are received.

A copy of the application packet can be found here

Complete applications and requested materials should be sent to:

MAIL STOP OED
Office of Enrollment and Discipline
United States Patent and Trademark Office
ATTN: Law School Clinic Certification Program
P.O. BOX 1450
Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450

Questions regarding the Program, requirements, or the application may be directed to OED:

James M. Silbermann, Staff Attorney, OED
Jennifer A. Harchick, Staff Attorney, OED

Email: lawschoolinformation@USPTO.GOV
Phone: 571-272-4097


 

2016 Inventor of the Year Form

The IP Section is looking for members for its committees and we want your participation! Below is a short write-up of our four substantive law committees. If you are interested in keeping abreast of the activities or being involved with any of these committees, please email the committee chairs at the addresses provided.

The Patent Committee serves the members of the IP Law Section of the State Bar of Texas who are interested in patent law. It is open to faculty, in-house and outside counsel, litigators, and USPTO patent practitioners, among others. Its goals include providing continuing legal education (CLE) and other education to its members, providing a forum for attorneys to discuss developments in patent law, and providing speaking and writing opportunities to its members. Contact the Patent Committee.

The Trademark Committee serves the members of the IP Law Section who are interested in trademark law. Its goals include providing a forum for attorneys to discuss developments in trademark law, and providing speaking and writing opportunities to its members. Contact the Trademark Committee.

The Trade Secret Committee welcomes all members who have an interest in the staying abreast of the fast-moving developments in trade secret law in Texas. Since the enactment of the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Committee has been actively involved in providing comments to the Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee as it completes its work on new pattern jury charges for misappropriation of trade secrets cases. The committee is also working to update its page on the IP section website to provide a virtual library of trade secrets resources for IP practitioners. In addition, the committee actively monitors federal and state statutes and judicial decisions relating to trade secret protection, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of or tortious interference with confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. The committee advises its membership of important developments related to trade secret law and proposes resolutions and engages in other initiatives related to trade secret law. Contact the Trade Secret Committee.

The Copyright Committee serves the members of the IP Law Section who are interested in copyright law.  Its goals include providing continuing legal education (CLE) and other education to its members, providing a forum for attorneys to discuss developments in copyright law, and providing speaking and writing opportunities to its members. Contact the Copyright Committee.

Newsletter Submissions: If you have an idea for a newsletter article or would like to become an author, please feel free to contact the section Newsletter Officer, Michael Paul.  As a reminder, current and past newsletters are posted in our “Newsletter” section of the website.