Our Section hosts three large CLE events throughout the year: the Advanced Intellectual Property course held in February (February 3–5, 2021), the IP track at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting held in June, and the Advanced IP Litigation course held, typically, in July. In addition, our committees put on other educational events, for example, the Trademark Committee regularly hosts Trademark Boot Camps designed as a primer for those new to trademark law. A great way to get involved in the educational component of our mission is to join a substantive committee of the Section (Copyright, Patent, Trademark, or Trade Secrets).
We also are committed to connecting intellectual property lawyers across the state to increase the collegiality of the IP bar and provide opportunities for fellowship and mentorship. While this year has been particularly difficult to host in-person events, our committees are still meeting virtually and developing valuable relationships. If connecting people is where you think you may best serve the IP community, I would encourage you to join one of our Connect committees (Women in IP, Diversity, Membership, New Lawyers, or Website) by reaching out to the chair of that committee.
Finally, we take our mission to serve our members and the IP community in Texas very seriously. Until the recent restrictions on in-person events, our Section had been traveling to underserved communities in Texas putting on Pro Bono tours to provide local inventors, artists, and small businesses education and counseling on IP issues. We continue to plan those events for the future. We also are committed to recording the history of IP law in Texas through our IP Legends program and through awards, such as the Inventor-of-the-Year and Trademark Awards. If service is of interest to you, I encourage you to join one of our Service committees (Pro Bono, Public Relations, Texas IP Law Journal, or IP Legends) by contacting the chair or reaching out to me.
If you are not a member of the Section, I encourage you to join. If you are, I hope you will consider becoming more involved. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.
Leisa Talbert Peschel, Chair
Intellectual Property Law Section
State Bar of Texas