Welcome to our 2021/2022 session for our Section. We are excited to transition to in-person events this year. Our Section hosts two large CLE events throughout the year: the Advanced Intellectual Property course held in February (February 16–18) and the IP track at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting held in June. 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. As described in this Tip Sheet, the Patent Committee is sponsoring a statewide virtual chapter to benefit practitioners across the state who are not able to attend the Austin, Dallas, or Houston bar association intellectual property sections. 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. Our committees are meeting virtually and in person 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 me or the chair of that committee.
Finally, we take our mission to serve our members and the IP community in Texas very seriously. As we transition to in-person events this year, we are planning at least one Pro Bono tour to provide local inventors, artists, and small businesses education and counseling on IP issues. We continue to plan even more of 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 you have suggestions for this year’s Inventor-of-the-Year or Trademark award, please check our website for submission forms. Further, 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. We also sponsor the work of the Texas IP Law Journal and we encourage you to attend their Symposium.
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.
Michael G. Locklar, Chair
Intellectual Property Law Section
State Bar of Texas