Welcome to HIPLA

The Houston Intellectual Property Law Association is an organization of intellectual property lawyers, patent agents, 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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HIPLA's Annual Judges' Dinner - February 13, 2020

HIPLA is pleased to announce the 2020 Annual HIPLA Judges Dinner to be held the evening of Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston. The cocktail reception starts at 6:30 pm, and the dinner starts at 7:15 pm.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Nobel laureate Dr. James P. Allison, Chair of Immunology and Executive Director of Immunotherapy Platform at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.  In 2018, Dr. Allison shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work using immunotherapy to cure some cancers.  Dr. Allison’s life and work is chronicled in the documentary Breakthrough, which is now playing in select theaters across the country.

Please mark your calendars/SAVE THE DATE!  Additional program details, registration, and sponsorship will be available soon.

For more information about the dinner or sponsorship opportunities, please contact HIPLA President-Elect, Jason Sander, at Jason.Sander@lyb.com.

2019 Fall Institute in Galveston, Texas - Sept. 26-28, 2019

There's only one more week before the Fall Institute.  Register here!

HIPLA invites members, non-members, and law students to register for the 35th Annual Fall Institute on Intellectual Property, to be held on September 26-28 at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas.  At the largest intellectual property conference in Houston, attendees will receive 14.25 hours of Texas MCLE credit, including 2.5 ethics hours, across three days of programming featuring distinguished judges and speakers from Houston’s own IP community and around the country, as well as fantastic networking opportunities.  View our Program Brochure for more information on this year’s program.  Join HIPLA or renew your membership to save $100 in registration fees.  Your membership will pay for itself!


HIPLA recently held its annual judges dinner at the Houston Four Seasons Hotel. Federal judges from the Southern District and the Eastern District of Texas were in attendance. HIPLA awarded scholarships to nine law students from University of Houston Law Center, South Texas College of Law, and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  The keynote speaker at the dinner was Janis Schmees Burke, CEO of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority. Ms. Burke spoke about the city’s many achievements under her leadership, including the major sporting events that had been awarded to the city as well as the numerous sporting venues that are being developed in the city.  Pictures from the event are available on the photos page.

2018-19 Giles Rich Moot Court Competition

HIPLA successfully hosted the Southern Regional Competition of the 2018-19 Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition on March 22-23, 2019.  The Washington University in St. Louis team of Margaret Helmke and Peter Jochens won the competition, while the Univesity of Houston team of Jaime Stark and Lauae Wolfe finished second. The two teams also had the best briefs and Margaret Helmke was awarded the best advocate.  HIPLA held an evening reception for the teams and volunteer judges. Pictures from the event are available on the photos page.

HIPLA’s Community Involvement

HIPLA members spent a day helping teach youth about the importance of intellectual property by hosting a booth at the Scout Fair this year.  Volunteers organized fun activities focused on helping youth learn about copyrights, trademarks, and patents  

HIPLA recently participated in the Annual Scientific Symposium at the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions.  The symposium serves to provide academically able students with an understanding of career pathways in STEM professions.  HIPLA members discussed careers in intellectual property law with the students. 

HIPLA also participated in the 60th Science and Engineering Fair of Houston held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 23, 2019.  HIPLA members judged participating entries and awarded scholarships to the winners in each of the Junior and Senior divisions.   

HIPLA files Amicus Brief in the US Supreme Court

HIPLA filed an amicus brief in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharma USA, Inc., No. 17-1229, a case that the United States Supreme Court recently decided.  In Helsinn, the issue presented was "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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