Message from the Chair

Intellectual Property Law Section Members:

Welcome to the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section website. The section’s officers and section members look forward to working for you and all of the section’s nearly 2500 members during the 2015-2016 membership year.  

The Intellectual Property Law Section offers a number of benefits to its members, including:


• Substantive Law Committees:   The section’s four substantive law committees cover the key areas of Intellectual Property Law - Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, and Trade Secret Law.


• Member Services Committees:  The section’s member services committees include a Diversity Committee, which awards scholarships at our annual meeting to deserving Texas law students, a Newsletter Committee which prepares and publishes four to six newsletters to our members each year, a Public Relations Committee, which awards the inventor of the year award at our annual meeting, a Texas IP Law Journal Committee which works with University of Texas Law School students to publish our widely-recognized Journal, typically three times per year, a Women in IP Law Committee, which coordinates speakers at each of our annual CLEs and in addition works to develop women lawyer groups throughout the state, and a New Lawyers Committee, a newly established committee which coordinates meetings of our new IP law colleagues throughout the state.  


I want to particularly point out two additional Member Services Committees.  I have asked our Membership Committee to spend time this year thinking about how the section can best serve our members in an ever-changing legal and social media-oriented world.  Our Website Committee continues to work to improve our website; suggestions on what you would like to see are welcomed, as are additional members for the committee.


These committees are the foundation of our section and offer great opportunities to become and stay involved in the section. The professional and personal benefits are immense, and it is rewarding to serve the section while getting to know your fellow Texas IP practitioners.  I encourage you to contact the chairs of the committees that interest you and express your desire to work on committee activities.  

Your section will continue to provide high quality continuing legal education programs.  Our 2016 CLEs include:  the Advanced IP Law Course and Workshop, to be held February 17-19 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio (Course Director, Herb Hammond); the Annual Meeting, to be held June 17 at the Omni in Fort Worth (Course Director, Hope Shimabuku); and the Advanced Patent Litigation CLE, to be held July 21-22 at the La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio (Course Director, Kristin Jordan Harkins. Program details will be provided on this website; please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

I welcome you to our section and encourage you to take the opportunity to benefit from our section’s activities, including joining us at our CLE’s and becoming active in committee work. If you have ideas about section initiatives or what we as a section can do to better serve our members, please contact me or any of our other section officers and council members.  

Stephen Koch, Chair
Intellectual Property Law Section
State Bar of Texas