Welcome to HIPLA

The Houston Intellectual Property Law Association is an organization of intellectual property lawyers and law student affiliates primarily in the Houston. Texas area. Through regular meetings, sponsored CLE opportunities, and amicus briefs, HIPLA promotes the development and understanding of intellectual property law.

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Upcoming events

2018 Fall Institute

The 2018 Fall Institute was a huge success! We are so glad everyone was able to make it and can’t wait to see you all again next year. Special thanks go out to our conference faculty and speakers and all of our sponsors: 3B Studio, Inc., Affinipay, Baker Botts LLP, Boulware & Valoir, Dennemeyer & Co., LLC, Driven Inc, Duff & Phelps, Edmonds & Cmaidalka, Eversheds Sutherland, Fish & Richardson, The Focal Point LLC, Global Prior Art, Greenberg Traurig, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Locke Lord LLP, McGlinchey Stafford, NAPP, Osha Liang, ParkIP, Patent Designs, Shook Hardy Bacon, StoneTurn, Techson, and Winstead PC.

In Memory of Tim Headley

We are sad to inform you of the passing of our friend, fellow patent attorney, and former colleague, Tim Headley on Monday, September 26, 2018. Tim was a long time HIPLA member and past president. He will be missed. Tim's obituary is available here. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 3 at 12:00 pm at Christ Community Church, 1303 Sherwood Forest St. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for Emmaus International Prison Ministry or Sandy Creek Bible Camp.

2018-19 Giles Rich Moot Court Competition Problem Announced

HIPLA will host the Southern Regional Competition of the 2018-19 Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition on March 22-23, 2019. Teams from law schools throughout the south and southwest are invited to sign up and compete in Houston. This is the oldest moot court competition in the field of intellectual property law and the only national patent law competition. The problem for this year and other competition information is available on HIPLA’s Giles Rich Moot Court Competition webpage.

HIPLA files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court

HIPLA has filed an amicus brief in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharma USA, Inc., No. 17-1229, a case currently accepted for review by the United States Supreme Court on writ of certiorari from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In Helsinn, the issue presented is "whether, under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, an inventor’s sale of an invention to a third party that is obligated to keep the invention confidential qualifies as prior art for purposes of determining the patentability of the invention." HIPLA’s amicus brief is in support of neither party, and can be downloaded here.

Calling All Patent Agents

Registered Patent Agents, Patent Engineers*, Technical/Scientific Advisors*, and Intellectual Property Managers*: We want to hear from you! What can HIPLA do for you? What would you like to see more of from the organization? What events and activities would benefit you? Please send your ideas/suggestions to Parul Anderson, the chair of HIPLA’s new Patent Agent Committee, hipla.pac@gmail.com

We will also be hosting a luncheon in early Fall 2018 specifically targeting patent agents to discuss your ideas and to network with your peers. More details to come soon!

*HIPLA membership is limited to registered patent agents and attorneys in good standing with any state bar who practice IP law; student and retired status memberships are also available.

If you have questions about HIPLA, please contact the HIPLA secretary. If you have questions about this website or would like to notify us about IP events to be added to our calendar, please contact the HIPLA Website Chair.

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