Message from the Chair

Are you looking for ways to get involved in the State Bar IP Section?  Well, consider this your invitation and opportunity to do so.

Do you practice or have an interest in one of the substantive areas of IP law?  Then, you should consider joining the patent, copyright, trademark, and/or trade secrets committee.  Each of these committees is looking for new members.  Please visit here to read more about the committees.  There, you will also find information for how to contact the Chairs and Council Liaisons to be added to their mailing lists.

Do you have a passion for outreach?  Then, you should consider joining one of our member services or ad hoc committees.  These committees focus on activities including providing scholarships for law students interested in pursuing IP careers, networking with women in IP, engaging new lawyers, providing pro bono assistance, selecting the Inventor of the Year, and participating in outreach to entrepreneurs throughout the State, among other activities.  Information on these committees, including how to contact the Chairs and Council Liaisons also may be found on the Committees part of the website.

Do you have ideas for CLE topics or do you want to speak at a future IP CLE?  This year, the Section will be hosting the Advanced IP course in Dallas (February/March 2019), the Annual Meeting in Austin (June 2019), and the Advanced Patent Litigation course (July 2019).  Information on each of the CLE programs may be found here.  Or if you are interested in attending one of the CLEs, check out the Upcoming Events page.

The Section is developing some new programming for this year and more information will be share soon.  In the meantime, the Section is here to serve its members.  If you have any feedback or suggestions about ways that the Section can better serve, please feel free to contact me!

Kirby Drake, Chair
Intellectual Property Law Section
State Bar of Texas