Welcome to the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Texas! The real work of the State Bar is accomplished through its sections, and our Intellectual Property Section certainly plays a significant role in that work through the efforts of its members. I think it fitting to express a heartfelt “thank you” to each of our members, and particularly to the officers, council and committees that do so much to maintain the vitality of our Section.
You see that vitality in our Section’s efforts to educate, connect and serve Texas intellectual property lawyers and interested members of our communities. Those efforts better equip us as Texas lawyers to address the needs of our clients as they innovate and create new industries and opportunities in our state.
Our Section offers three main educational courses throughout the year: our Advanced Intellectual Property course held in February, the IP track at the State Bar annual meeting held in June, and the Advanced Patent Litigation course held in July. Each of those courses offers CLE credit, of course, but also gives you an opportunity to hear from Texas IP lawyers about Texas-specific practice issues as well as national IP topics.
Our Section also offers many opportunities for you to connect with other Texas intellectual property lawyers. A number of our committees host receptions, breakfasts and networking events in various Texas cities to better connect Texas IP lawyers around a legal topic, for example, or to help connect new IP practitioners to the larger Texas IP legal community.
And you can be very proud—as I am—of our Section’s outreach to deserving communities in Texas. Our pro bono outreach program has helped encourage the creativity bubbling up in our entrepreneurial communities outside the major Texas metropolitan areas. Our Inventor of the Year award recognizes high-impact innovation in industries of all sizes, as well.
If you are not a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar, I welcome you to join so that you, too, can be a part of the great work that the Section is doing.
If you are a member of our Section and would like to be more involved, please let me know and I will help you get plugged in! Whatever your interest, I am confident that we can find a way for you to contribute your talents.
I hope that you now share some of the excitement about our Section’s work and can help us do an even better job of educating, connecting and serving our members.
Derrick Pizarro, Chair
Intellectual Property Law Section
State Bar of Texas