Awards

2018 Award Nomination Forms and Information

Tom Arnold Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 Tom Arnold Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form

Lifetime Achievement Award Nominating Criteria

The recipient should have practiced law, or otherwise been involved with Intellectual Property Law, for a minimum of 25 years. The recipient’s career should have had a significant impact on the Intellectual Property Law practice in Texas and should preferably be a long-time member of the IP Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The recipient shall be living or have passed away within the preceding year. The award shall be considered annually, but not necessarily awarded annually.

2017 Paul Janicke
2016 V. Bryan Medlock, Jr.
2015 Louis T. Pirkey
2014 Bernarr R. (Bill) Pravel
2013 Eugenia (Genie) Hansen

Annual Trademark Award

2018 Annual Trademark Award Nomination Form

The purpose of the award is to recognize lawyers and businesses for their accomplishments on brand-related projects. The award may be given to anyone of the following: 1) Individual lawyer or legal team for significant accomplishments in the legal community related to trademarks; or 2) Business or brand team for significant achievements related to promotion of a brand or marketing innovation. Attorney nominees must be licensed in Texas. If a business or brand team is nominated, the company should have a headquarters or significant business operations based in Texas.

2017 University of Houston Law Center

Texas Outstanding Inventor Award

2018 Inventor of the Year Form

All nominations must be based on inventions that have significantly impacted the Texas economy.

2017 Dan Scott – Baker Hughes
2016 Marc Cox for University of Texas- El Paso
2015 Chris Hymel
2014 David Kumhyr, IBM
2014 Rhonda Childress, IBM
2008 Robert E. Smith III of National Coupling Company, Inc., for underwater couplings used in offshore drilling
2007 John Melanson for audio and mixed signal technologies
2006 Larry Hornbeck of TI for development of the digital micromirror device (DMD)
2005 Ravi Arimilli for Computer Server designs
2004 Dr. George Skidmore for Nanotechnology
2003 Donald R. Kelsey for Process for preparing polytrimethylene terephthalate
2002 Brian C. Clark for Method and Apparatus for Seismic Communication with a Downhole Tool
2001 Rom D. Young for Method and Apparatus for Using Steel Slag in Cement Clinker Production
1999 Claude D. Head, III for Segmented Asynchronous Operation of an Automated Assembly Line (computer controlled and operated automated assembly lines for the manufacturing of semiconductor circuits)
1998 Dr. Tsiu Chiu Chan for An Improved Cell Layout Used in the Semiconductor Static Memory Industry
1999 Dr. Carlton E. Ash for Stabilized Polyketone Polymer Compositions
1996 Julio C. Palmaz for Expandable Intraluminal Graft, and Method and Apparatus for Implanting an Expandable Intraluminal Graft
1995 Larry Smith for Catalytic Distillation for MTBE Production
1993 Paul Culley for System for Controlling the Transferring of Different Widths of Data Using Two Different Sets of Address Control and State Information Signals
1992 David A. Wolf for Bio-Reactor for Mammalian Cell Culture
1991 Leslie P. Williams for Foam-Applying Nozzle
1990 John L. Burba III for Mixed Metal Hydroxide Fluids
1988 Jack St. Clair Kilby for Integrated Circuit
1987 Serge A. Scherbatskoy for Well Logging
1986 Donald R. Smith for Freezing and Cooking Using Forced Air
1985 Robert S. Loof Bourrow for Floating Point Amplifier Recorder and Sonic Logging
1984 Gordon H. Matthews for Watsbox Telecommunication System
1983 Robert P. Popovich and Jack Moncrief for Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis

Chair Award

2015-2016 Leisa Peschel
2014-2015 Herb Hammond
2013-2014 Hope Shimabuku
2012-2013 Indranil Chowdhury
2007-2008 Shannon Bates
2006-2007 Molly Buck Richard
2005-2006 Edward G. Fiorito
2004-2005 Charles S. Cotropia
2003-2004 Kimbley L. Muller
2002-2003 Robert W. Turner
2001-2002 Ned Conley
2000-2001 William G. Barber
1998-1999 Andrew J. Dillon
1997-1998 Jerry R. Selinger
1996-1997 Margaret A. Boulware
1995-1996 William L. LaFuze
1994-1995 Gale R. Peterson
1993-1994 Louis Pirkey
1992-1993 V. Bryan Medlock
1991-1992 Jack C. Goldstein
1990-1991 Frank S. Vaden, III
1989-1990 Bernarr R. Pravel
1988-1989 Tom Arnold
1987-1988 James A. Reilly
1986-1987 D. Carl Richards
1985-1986 Frank B. Pugsley

Diversity Scholarship Award

Diversity Scholarship Award Form

The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage law students who have not traditionally been represented in the Intellectual Property practice to enter the Intellectual Property profession in Texas by providing financial assistance to help defray the expenses of a law-school education. Selection criteria for the scholarships include but are not limited to:  scholastic merit; financial need; membership in a socio-economic group traditionally under-represented in the practice; demonstrated experience and interest in the practice; Texas roots; first generation in a family to go to college or law school; science and engineering undergraduate education or experience; contributions to or participation in minority or diversity programs; disabilities; community service; and extracurricular activities both inside and outside law school, including legal externships or internships in the field of Intellectual Property. The Deadline for submitting applications is June 15, 2018.

2016 Hector Leal and Juan Yaquian
2015 Samon Kadivar, Mikeyia Dawkins, and Jun Zheng
2014 Ping Lei
2014 Tamoka Bellard
2008 Ryan Abbott and Kathy Li
2007 Sheila Kadura, Johnson Kuncheria, and Jennifer Librach
2006 Valerie Yu-Mei Chen, Debera Wells
2005 Elizabeth McKee, Hope Shimabuku, and John Yang
2004 Anna Elise McMinn and Amos Olubunmi

Writing Contest Award

2008 How-Ying Albert Liou
2007 Leisa Peschel